The Meaning of Life

Trivia: 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. (00:17:35)


Trivia: In the boardroom of the Very Big Corporation of America, the company's holdings are listed on the wall in the background. It is a repeating list of names, some which are Monty Python puns, inside jokes and references to other scenes in the movie. The listed names are: Acme Construction Company; Payne, Bickers and Dogood Ltd.; Stn. Pendons Ltd.; V. Rich and Son; Doneys (Florence) ; Mirage Land Co.; Arctic Geo. Lab Co.; Liver Donors Inc.; World Wide Wine Corp.; Universal Amalgamations Ltd.; Consolidated Steel Co.; Micro Computer Inc.; Moonscape Products Ltd.; Rubber Goods Incorporated; D.Odgey Enterprises Ltd.; Money Factor Printers Ltd.; Better Plastics Corps.; D.Crepid Holdings; Super Big Ltd.; Space Propulsion Lab; Interstellar Travel Corp.; Dawking's Mining Co.; Lange and Sons (International) ; Cooper's (Purveyors) ; Dickinson Kincain Association; The All Enveloping Co. Ltd.; O.Verpaid Associates Ltd.; E. Normons and Sons; A. Maze and Lee Huge; Horace Mann and Yure Ltd.; R. Devious Inc.; Wakefeld and Daughter; Vast Holdings (Europe) Ltd.; Phil Thevich Consortium; Fastness and Vast Co. Ltd; Star Bright Merchandise Org.; X. Tortion World Wide Ltd.; Cartwright Tutorials; Black and White Picture Co. Ltd.; R. J. McArthur Parks Ltd.; Walker, Walker and Jones Bros.; Data Travel and Experiments.

Charles Austin Miller

Trivia: Early on, Terry Jones spent almost the entire movie budget solely on the production of "Every Sperm is Sacred" without telling Terry Gilliam or the other Pythons.

Charles Austin Miller

Trivia: "Frasier" actress Jane Leeves is one of the dancers in the "Christmas in Heaven" number.

Trivia: The 'vomit' Mr Creosote spews in the restaurant sketch was a mixture of ground potatoes with water and other coarse vegetable materials.

Trivia: In the "Find The Fish" sketch, Terry Jones and Graham Chapman are joined by a green, elephant-like creature. This creature was a left over (unseen) costume from the 1981 film "Time Bandits", which was directed by fellow Python Terry Gilliam.

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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Paitent: What do I do?
Dr. Spenser: Nothing, dear! You're not qualified.

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Question: Is there a fish visible in the "Where's the fish?" segment, or is it just a joke?

Answer: There is no fish in the scene.

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