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Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)

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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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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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23 May 1975 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Die Ritter der Kokosnuß  »

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Budget:

£229,575 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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

The Pythons' young friend Douglas Adams made an oblique reference in the radio script of "Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy" to the Shrubbery scene. This "shrubbery" note was to indicate a silly term tacked on, much the same as "We need...a shrubbery!" was tacked on. It was meant to be just a note in its rough form, but was typed up by mistake and ended up in the finished script. See more »

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When Sir Robin is talking to the Three Headed Knight, the Singing Minstrel changes position between shots. See more »

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[first lines]
King Arthur: Whoa, there!
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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 »

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Referenced in My Little Eye (2002) See more »

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Written by Oliver Armstrong (pseudonym of Graham Whettam)
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WHAT is the capital of Assyria? I don't know that!
28 March 2006 | by (Italy) – See all my reviews

I do know, however, that Monty Python and the Holy Grail is one of the funniest movies ever made. Let's face it, if the Python hadn't showed up in 1969, someone would have created them by now, or the world would be a much sadder place. Alongside Life of Brian, which is the sextet's masterpiece, Holy Grail is an excellent start if you want to get addicted to their surreal humor.

As suggested in the title, the film deals with the Arthurian stories, freely reinterpreted by the Python ensemble: after recruiting his knights, including Sir Lancelot (John Cleese), Sir Robin (Eric Idle), Sir Bedevere (Terry Jones) and Sir Galahad (Michael Palin), King Arthur (Graham Chapman) embarks on a mission from God (also Chapman, voice only though): to seek and find the Holy Grail. No need to say, the journey is going to be perilous, but also hilarious, our heroes doing their "best" to screw everything up.

As in Life of Brian, there are so many good bits choosing just one or two feels reductive and disrespectful, given the material. It's pure comedy gold from start to finish, a non-stop gag marathon: from the mock Scandinavian subtitles in the opening credits to the argument about swallows, from the Killer Rabbit to the Black Knight and the jaw-dropping epilogue, you will keep grinning like never before (if you're unfamiliar with these comedians, that is). Actually, after some serious thinking I can select two particular sequences as particularly memorable: the Knights who say "Ni!" and the Bridge of Death. The rest of the film is ace too, but those two scenes are the ones I can't stop thinking of fondly whenever the movie is mentioned.

Oh, and let's not forget Terry Gilliam's vital contribution: he doesn't appear that much as an actor (his Bridgekeeper is absolute genius, though), but he compensates that with the remarkable animations used to depict part of this epic adventure. Speaking of epic, this picture has one of the most brilliant tag-lines in comedy history, if not film history in general.

Oh yes, the world wouldn't be quite the same without the Monty Python. Even the most miserable person on the planet will laugh like a lunatic after viewing any of their films.

P.S. Ni!


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