Production[ edit ] According to Palin, "the writing process was quite cumbersome. An awful lot of material didn't get used. Holy Grail had a structure, a loose one: Same with Life of Brian. With this, it wasn't so clear.
In the end, we just said: We have got lots of good material, let's give it the loosest structure, which will be the meaning of life'". A wide variety of locations were used, such as Porchester Hall in Queensway for the Mr. Creosote sketch, where hundreds of pounds of fake vomit had to be cleaned up on the last day due to a wedding being scheduled hours later. This allowed for large-scale choreography and crowd sequences, a more lavishly produced soundtrack that included new original songs, and much more time able to be spent on each sketch, especially The Crimson Permanent Assurance.
Palin later said that the larger budget, and not making the film for the BBC i. It is about a group of elderly office clerks working in a small accounting firm. They rebel against yuppie corporate masters, transform their office into a pirate ship , and raid a large financial district. The short was intended as an animated sequence in the feature,  for placement at the end of Part V. Release[ edit ] The original tagline read "It took God six days to create the Heavens and the Earth, and Monty Python just 90 minutes to screw it up"  the length of The Meaning of Life proper is 90 minutes, but becomes minutes as released with the "Short Subject Presentation", The Crimson Permanent Assurance.
In an April re-release held by the American Film Institute , the tagline is altered to read "It took God six days to create the Heavens and the Earth, and Monty Python just 1 hour and 48 minutes to screw it up". In the United Kingdom the film was rated 18 when released in the cinema  and on its first release on video, but was re-rated 15 in In the United States the film is rated R. Creosote and " Every Sperm is Sacred " sketches as the most memorable. The first is The Adventures of Martin Luther,  inserted after the scene with the Protestant couple talking about condoms.
The second is a promotional video about the British army, which comes between the marching around the square scene and the Zulu army scene. The third and last is an extension of the American characters performed by Idle and Palin; they are shown their room and talk about tampons. In Region 1 , it was released on Blu-ray to mark its 30th anniversary.