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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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Patsy / Green Knight / Old Man from Scene 24 (Bridgekeeper) / Sir Bors / Animator / Gorrilla Hand
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Dr. Winston
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Storyline

The movie starts out with Arthur, King of the Britons, looking for knights to sit with him at Camelot. He finds many knights including Sir Galahad the pure, Sir Lancelot the brave, the quiet Sir Bedevere, and Sir Robin the Not-Quite-So-Brave-as-Sir Lancelot. They do not travel on horses, but pretend they do and have their servants bang coconuts to make the sound of horse's hooves. Through satire of certain events in history (witch trials, the black plague) they find Camelot, but after literally a quick song and dance they decide that they do not want to go there. While walking away, God (who seems to be grumpy) come to them from a cloud and tells them to find the Holy Grail. They agree and begin their search. While they search for the Grail, scenes of the knight's tales appear and why they have the name they have. Throughout their search they meet interesting people and knights along the way. Most of the characters die; some through a killer rabbit (which they defeat with the holy ... Written by Zucco

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And now! At Last! Another film completely different from some of the other films which aren't quite the same as this one is. See more »


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Release Date:

25 May 1975 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Los caballeros de la mesa cuadrada  »

Box Office

Budget:

£229,575 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$1,229,197 (USA) (25 May 2012)
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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

In the Killer Rabbit scene, a real white rabbit was used. He was dyed with what was assumed to be a washable red coloring liquid in the shots after the battle. When filming wrapped the rabbit's owner was dismayed to learn the dye could not be rinsed off. Terry Gilliam described in an audio commentary that the owner of the rabbit was present and shooting was abruptly halted while the cast desperately attempted to clean the rabbit before the owner found out, an unsuccessful attempt. He also stated that he thought that, had they been more experienced in film-making, the crew would have just purchased a rabbit instead. Otherwise the rabbit himself was unharmed. The rabbit-bite effects were done via special puppetry by both Terry Gilliam and SFX technician John Horton. See more »

Goofs

After being attacked by the white rabbit, the knights drop their shields and run away. Sir Galahad drops his in front of the cave opening, but in the next shot, it's back on his arm. Afterwards they go back to the entrance and the knights' shields are nowhere to be seen. See more »

Quotes

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

On the Regions 2 and 4 DVD's (Europe and Australasia) release, the end credits are extended to three minutes (rather than 20 seconds) of a black screen with the intermission music. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Brazil (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

Sir Robin's Song
Written and Performed by Neil Innes
Published by EMI Songs/United Partnership
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I am the type of person who finds fault with every film I see. If I were on the X factor I would be Simon Cowell. But every couple of years I see a movie which I cannot find fault with. Monty Python and the Holy Grail is perfect I have only ever given 4 films 10/10. This is one of them. The subtle blend of satire and wit with slapstick and ridiculous animations makes me laugh my arse off! Nowadays films like this with memorable quotes, mild language and no nudity don't exist. Monty Python and the Holy Grail punches The Inbetweeners Movie in the face very hard! (I hate the Inbetweeners but my friends love them) In my opinion it should be much higher in the top 250. This was the beginning of a comedy trilogy about as completely unconnected with each other as 2 completely unconnected things. My highly esteemed rating for Monty Python and the Holy Grail 10/10!


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