Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life (1983) Directed by Terry Jones. Graham Chapman as Geoffrey, Michael Palin as Debbie Katzenberg, Terry Gilliam as Howard Katzenberg, John Cleese as the voice of The Grim Reaper, Eric Idol as Angela, Terry Jones as Fiona Portland-Smyth and Simon Jones as Jeremy Portland-Smyth

Grim Reaper: I have come to take you… away. That is my purpose. I am Death!
Geoffrey: Well, that’s cast rather a gloom over the evening, hasn’t it?
Howard: I don’t see it that way, Geoff. Let me tell you what I think we’re dealing with here – a potentially positive learning experience that can…
Grim Reaper: Shut up! Shut up, you American. You always talk, you Americans. You talk and you talk and you say “Let me tell ya something” and “I just wanna say this.” Well you’re dead now, so SHUT UP!

2 Responses to “Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life (1983)”

  1. It’s the opening ‘Mr. Creasote” segment which you have featured a few times at LIC previousaly, tht is the real classic episode of this uneven but largely spirited comedy. But I absolutely love this Grim Reaper interchange too!

  2. Yes Creosote endures as the high point. Something about this one I love too. I also love the Protestant bitching about the Catholics and all their children.

    On balance, Life of Brian is my favorite Python with Holy Grail 2nd, but I have a fondness for Meaning of Life too. It doesn’t come together as well or as consistently as Brian, but taken episodically there is a lot of wonderful stuff in it.

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