Original Australian One Sheet Poster Monty Python's The Meaning Of Life
Monty Python's The Meaning of Life, also known simply as The Meaning of Life, is a 1983 British musical sketch comedy film written and performed by the Monty Python troupe, directed by Terry Jones. It was the last film to feature all six Python members before Graham Chapman's death in 1989.Unlike Holy Grail and Life of Brian, the film's two predecessors, which each told a single, more-or-less coherent story, The Meaning of Life returned to the sketch format of the troupe's original television series and their first film from twelve years earlier, And Now for Something Completely Different, loosely structured as a series of comic sketches about the various stages of life.Released on 23 June 1983 in the United Kingdom, The Meaning of Life was well received critically and grossed almost $15 million on a $9 million budget. At the 37th British Academy Film Awards the film was nominated for Best Original Song for "Every Sperm is Sacred”.It also screened at the 1983 Cannes Film Festival, where it won the Grand Prix. Ireland banned the film on its original theatrical release as it had previously done with Monty Python's Life of Brian. Like most Python films it has gone on to be a cult classic.