R | | Comedy, Musical
Terry Gilliam filmed "The Crimson Permanent Assurance" with his own crew and soundstage. He went way over budget, and a five-minute scene became a thirty-minute short movie. The group decided that they couldn't use the sequence in chronological order as featured in the script, right after the "Very Big Corporation of America" staff meeting, because it would slow the movie down. They decided to use it at the beginning, as a special presentation, and it was reduced to sixteen minutes.
All right, settle down. Settle down... Now, before I begin the lesson, will those of you who are playing in the match this afternoon move your clothes down onto the lower peg immediately after lunch, before you write your letter home, if you're not ...
When Mr. Creosote throws up for the first time in the movie, traces of vomit can be seen on the floor prior to his vomiting, presumably leftovers from previous takes/rehearsals.
In the opening credits, the title is initially written as "MEANING OF LIFF", then a lightning strike corrects that to "LIFE". A book, "The Meaning of Liff", written by Douglas Adams and John Lloyd was published in 1983.
The Director's Cut has three more scenes. The first is after the scene with the Protestant couple talking about condoms. It is the Adventures of Martin Luther. The second scene comes between the marching around the square scene and the Zulu army scene. It is a promotional video about the British army. The third and last is an extension of the the American characters that Eric Idle and Michael Palin do. They are shown their room and talk about tampons.
$1,987,853 3 April 1983