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The Meaning of Life (1983)

R
107 min | Comedy, Musical

The comedy team takes a look at life in all its stages in their own uniquely silly way.
Directors
Terry Jones | Terry Gilliam (animation and special sequence)
Cinematographers
Peter Hannan | Roger Pratt (segments: The Crimson Permanent Assurance)
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$ 9,000,000
Opening Wknd
$ 1,987,000
Gross (USA)
$ 14,929,552
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Release date
Mar 31, 1983 (United States)

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Graham Chapman
Chairman / Fish #1 / Doctor / Harry Blackitt / Wymer / … See more Chairman / Fish #1 / Doctor / Harry Blackitt / Wymer / Hordern / General / Coles / Narrator #2 / Dr. Livingstone / Transvestite / Eric / Guest #1 / Arthur Jarrett / Geoffrey / Tony Bennett   See fewer
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John Cleese
Fish #2 / Dr. Spencer / Humphrey Williams / Sturridge / Ainsworth / … See more Fish #2 / Dr. Spencer / Humphrey Williams / Sturridge / Ainsworth / Waiter / Eric's Assistant / Maître D' / Grim Reaper   See fewer
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Terry Gilliam
Window Washer / Fish #4 / Walters / Middle of the Film Announcer / M'Lady Joeline / … See more Window Washer / Fish #4 / Walters / Middle of the Film Announcer / M'Lady Joeline / Mr. Brown / Howard Katzenberg   See fewer
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Eric Idle
Gunther / Fish #3 / 'Meaning of Life' Singer / Mr. Moore / Mrs. Blackitt / … See more Gunther / Fish #3 / 'Meaning of Life' Singer / Mr. Moore / Mrs. Blackitt / Watson / Blackitt / Atkinson / Perkins / Victim #3 / Front End / Mrs. Hendy / Man in Pink / Noël Coward / Gaston / Angela   See fewer
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Terry Jones
Bert / Fish #6 / Mum / Priest / Biggs / … See more Bert / Fish #6 / Mum / Priest / Biggs / Sergeant / Man with Bendy Arms / Mrs. Brown / Mr. Creosote / Maria / Leaf Father / Fiona Portland-Smythe   See fewer
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Michael Palin
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Carol Cleveland
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Simon Jones
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Patricia Quinn
Mrs. Williams Mrs. Williams   See fewer
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Judy Loe
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Andrew MacLachlan
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Mark Holmes
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Imogen Bickford-Smith
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Angela Mann
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Peter Lovstrom
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George Silver
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Sydney Arnold
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Guy Bertrand
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Andrew Bicknell
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Ross Davidson
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Myrtle Devenish
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Tim Douglas
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Eric Francis
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Matt Frewer
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Billy John
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Russell Kilmister
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Peter Mantle
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Len Marten
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Peter Merrill
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Cameron Miller
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Gareth Milne
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Larry Noble
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Paddy Ryan
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Leslie Sarony
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John Scott Martin
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Jack Armstrong
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Robert Carrick
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Douglas Cooper
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George Daly
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Chick Fowles
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Terry Grant
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John Murphy
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Terry Rendell
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Ronald Shilling
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7.6 / 10 | 99,258 votes