The Meaning of Life

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. (00:04:30)


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.


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.


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.

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).

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.

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

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. (00:01:55)


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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).

Gary O'Reilly

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.


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.

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.


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.


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


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. (00:20:20)


Grim Reaper: Englishmen, you're all so fucking pompous. None of you have got any balls.

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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)

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