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Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)

PG  |   |  Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy  |  23 May 1975 (UK)
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King Arthur and his knights embark on a low-budget search for the Grail, encountering many, very silly obstacles.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Patsy / Green Knight / Old Man from Scene 24 (Bridgekeeper) / Sir Bors / Animator / Gorrilla Hand
Neil Innes ...
Bee Duffell ...
John Young ...
Rita Davies ...
Avril Stewart ...
Sally Kinghorn ...
Dr. Winston
Mark Zycon ...


History is turned on its comic head when, in 10th century England, King Arthur travels the countryside to find knights who will join him at the Round Table in Camelot. Gathering up the men is a tale in itself but after a bit of a party at Camelot, many decide to leave only to be stopped by God who sends them on a quest: to find the Holy Grail. After a series of individual adventures, the knights are reunited but must face a wizard named Tim, killer rabbits and lessons in the use of holy hand grenades. Their quest comes to an end however when the police intervene - just what you would expect in a Monty Python movie. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

23 May 1975 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Die Ritter der Kokosnuß  »

Box Office


£229,575 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$45,487 (USA) (15 June 2001)


$1,229,197 (USA) (25 May 2012)

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(2001 re-release)| (original release)



Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


The establishing shot showing the "forest of Ewing" is actually stock footage of Yosemite Valley. See more »


Towards the end of Brother Maynard reading the message in the cave, Sir Robin lowers his shield, and it can be seen that he is played by a stand-in and not Eric Idle, who is playing Brother Maynard instead. See more »


[first lines]
King Arthur: Whoa, there!
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Crazy Credits

All the credits are at the beginning. There are no credits at the end. The screen goes black after the movie ends with the depiction of the end of the physical film reel. See more »


Referenced in Borderlands (2009) See more »


The Promised Land
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User Reviews

Wonderful movie!
28 November 2004 | by (Farmington, MN) – See all my reviews

This is such a great film that a professor of mine actually used it in a Medieval Civilization class as extra credit. This was not because the movie was so historically accurate, but because the movie was so much funnier when we applied what we learned in her class to it! It was really hard to pick only 10 funny lines!

To anyone that watched it once and didn't quite get it or got frustrated the first time, here is a tip: Catch it on DVD with the subtitles or closed-captioning on. That way you will be sure to catch all of the French insults and the other one-liners that fly by so fast! I don't recommend doing that with kids in the room - my 7-year-old picked up a couple of words on the screen that he had missed previously...


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