The Meaning of Life

The Meaning of Life (1983)

33 mistakes

Continuity mistake: During The Miracle of Birth Part 1, when the guy goes into the operating room, the girl puts the gown on the first doctor. It's barely on, but, in the next, wider shot of him, it's completely on and she's tying the back together.

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Continuity mistake: When you see the cleaning woman in the Mr. Creosote scene, you see that she has black hair. But in the next scene when she's cleaning up and talking to the waiter, she has grey hair and a blue hat.

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Audio problem: The people go looking for the guy's leg and see the tiger. When the guy says "Look", the sound comes out later than his mouth moves.

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Revealing mistake: Just after Mr. Creosote explodes and all of the guests are vomiting, there is one male guest third from the front that is puking. Though his hand is up near his mouth, it is clear that the puke actually comes from his hand rather than his mouth, revealing that he is holding something that produces the fake vomit.

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Visible crew/equipment: In the Sperm song, when the verse says "Mine, and mine" and the corpse says "Mine", you can see a distorted silhouette of a lighting tripod (It could not be a camera tripod as the camera is in a different angle).

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Continuity mistake: At the end when everyone is in the dining room in heaven, Mr and Mrs Brown (The Liver Donaters)are sitting at a table in the foreground. The dinner guests walk down the steps and the camera angle changes. You can see that a different man is sitting opposite Mrs Brown where Mr Brown should be.

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Continuity mistake: In the scene with Mr Creosote, additional vomit appears on his shirt between shots.

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Audio problem: In the beginning when the man says "That's it Evans, you're fired", you can see Evans talk, but you can't hear him.

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Audio problem: In the "Every Sperm is Sacred" song, when the priest and the newlyweds sing, the woman's mouth stops, but her voice is still heard.

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Continuity mistake: During the "Crimson Permanent Assurance" short film at the start, watch when the old men are climbing out of the windows on to the scaffolding. One of the men drops his sword as he goes out the window, but when the scene switches to the outside view of the same man climbing out, he is holding it in his hand.

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Visible crew/equipment: During the "Find the Fish" scene, during one close up, a camera is very visible in the top right corner of the screen.

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Visible crew/equipment: At the end where everybody in Heaven is in the play room, one shot pans past the bare-breasted women in helmets. On the last woman, a camera shadow skims past on the back of her helmet.

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Continuity mistake: At the Miracle of Birth, when the doctors are explaining to the patient the most expensive machine in the whole hospital, when you see the back shot of her, she's leaning up a little bit. Following shot she's now lying fully down.

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Visible crew/equipment: In the scene where the insane sergeant lets all his squad off to see a film at the cinema etc, the microphones are visible under their tight tops. Look at the middle of the chest of anyone who is talking, and there's a lump there, yet it is not there on any of the none-talking soldiers (so it can't be part of the uniform).

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Continuity mistake: In the Organ Donor scene, the girl says "That's what he used to say". Between shots, the girl has moved closer to the guy.

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Continuity mistake: During the scene at the end where the Grim Reaper comes to take away the dinner guests, Eric Idle leads the reaper into the room. Graham Chapman is walking behind Michael Palin sitting down. When the camera cuts to Michael, Graham is nowhere to be seen. Then when the camera cuts back, he is standing there again.

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Continuity mistake: During the Galaxy Song they are walking away from the kitchen, but in the next front shot the kitchen isn't in the background.

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Revealing mistake: In the organ donor scene, when the guy takes out the liver, you see him turn to his left to pick it up, so you can tell he didn't take it out of the guy.

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Audio problem: Throughout the Galaxy Song, the mouths don't match some words.

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Continuity mistake: In the delivery room, when Graham Chapman tells the nurse he wants more apparatus, John Cleese is putting on gloves. When it cuts, he puts them on again.

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Visible crew/equipment: At the end of the Galaxy Song when they walk out of the stars and back into the house, you can see the thing that they're standing on.

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Visible crew/equipment: The third time that Mr. Creosote throws up onto the floor and John Cleese calls for the cleaning woman, the pipe that the fake puke comes out of is visible in front of his mouth. Then it retracts afterwards.

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Continuity mistake: During the parade scene, one of the men says he's learning the piano, and Michael Palin screams at him. In a close shot of MP's face he's screaming into the man's right ear, but in a wider shot it's the left ear.

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Revealing mistake: During the sperm song in the "Miracle of Birth part II" there is one shot where the kids are dancing down the street. Watch the girl at the front on the left. She hesitates and then runs to catch up to the front line. Then when they go round the corner, she has to be moved along by the other kids as she stops to stare at the camera.

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Continuity mistake: When John Cleese is fixing the bed in the class room you see him standing holding his coat with his right hand. When it cuts he is holding it with his left hand.

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Continuity mistake: The third time that Mr. Creosote vomits - watch the table behind him that Graham Chapman is sitting at. They all change positions slightly during the next shot of them. This is most noticeable on the man sitting nearest the camera. In the first shot, he is holding a napkin, in the second shot he isn't.

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Revealing mistake: Near the beginning of the 'Crimson Permanent Assurance' sketch one of the guys running out in panic quite badly clamps his fingers in the door yet it doesn't appear he really hurt himself much.

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Revealing mistake: When Mr. Creosote pukes on the menu, the puke comes out before his mouth opens.

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Other mistake: In the marching up and down the square skit, the guy behind Eric Idle is trying not to laugh.

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Continuity mistake: When the search party are walking through the forest, two Zulu POWs are carrying the injured man's bed at the front, and a guard and the doctor are carrying it at the back. When they come into the clearing, the Zulus are nowhere to be seen and the doctor and the guard are at the front. Whats more, when they start shooting at the "Tiger" the doctor pulls out a gun and starts firing.

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Continuity mistake: in the creosote scene after the cleaning woman comes in and creosote vomits over her back the first time Eric Idle walks away with the fresh bucket brought over for creosote then the camera changes not only has the cleaning woman moved 1-2 meters over and changed directions but the bucket has appeared where she was and has filled.

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Revealing mistake: When the Indian servant is stabbed in the back by one of the Zulu warriors, we can see that he is wearing something under his jacket to enable the spear to stick to him.

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Audio problem: The young soloist during the "Every Sperm is Sacred" song is missing her two front teeth, but articulates perfectly, even the s's. It's obviously been dubbed.

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When the title first appears, it says "Monty Python's Meaning Of Liff," which abruptly changes to "Life" with the title is struck by lightning. Author Douglas Adams (friend of Graham Chapman and occasional Python contributor) contacted Terry Gilliam to ask if he could use the title "The Meaning Of Liff" for a mock dictionary he was writing at about the same time. Adams and the Pythons agreed that the crossover publicity could be mutually beneficial.

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