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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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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:

25 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?


Additional cat abuse includes a cat being stepped on during the Knights of Camelot Dance scene. See more »


During the "AAAAAAAAAGGHH" cave scene, the actor who substitutes Eric Idle as Sir Robin (as Idle is busy speaking as Brother Maynard), suddenly vanishes between camera angle changes. See more »


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

In the Special Edition DVD, when you play the film, at first a film called "Dentist On the Job" starts playing, and it goes up until the end of its opening credits, then you hear someone saying that they put in the wrong film. The film stops, a quick reel change slide is put up, then the real movie starts. See more »


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Pure Lunacy
3 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Well, if you want original humor, meaning something different than what you normally see - this is your ticket. The above statement was true 30 years ago, and still holds. It's just silly, far-out humor.

It's not all winners, no comedy is, but there are enough of them, and enough classic bizarre scenes that it's always a hoot to re-visit this film from time to time. The only problem I have with it are the cheap shots in gives - in typical 1970s fashion - of anything Biblical. But, it's not that bad and most of the film is pretty innocent.

It's pretty much one ludicrous scene after another. I mean, where else do you see a knight fighting on after his legs are chopped off, then his arms?!! Or a killer rabbit? It was almost like watching a Marx Brothers film 40 years later with '70s irreverence.

Don't let the PG rating fool you. This would be an easy PG-13 today with all the blood, some cursing and the violence. I know some young kids, however - nice kids, too - who love this film as much as adults, so it can't be too offensive.

If I had to describe this movie in one word it would be "lunacy."

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