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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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Sound Mix:

(2001 re-release)| (original release)



Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


Terry Gilliam was originally supposed to play Sir Gawain, whose role would have consisted of repeatedly breaking the fourth wall and pointing out how special effects and other aspects of the film's production were achieved. His role ultimately ended up being turned into Patsy, with his medium awareness jokes being summed up in the character's only speaking line: when he sees Camelot Castle, he says "It's only a model". (The stage play gives Patsy a much bigger role.) See more »


When arriving at the castle of the French taunters, Patsy blows a note on some kind of musical instrument, which only moments before he wasn't even carrying. 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 Epic Movie (2007) See more »


Monks Chant
Written by Neil Innes
Published by EMI Songs/United Partnership
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User Reviews

19 July 2001 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

Monty Python have long been a source of amusement ...and from the opening scenes of this film with the never tiring *gallop gallop* of the two coconuts substituting horses it is so very easy to see why Monty Python and the Holy Grail will forever be classic that any aspiring comedian should view for FLAWLESS comedy...this film has everything one could wish for, 5 of the best comedians performing superb sketches in a feature length film..the one liners are memorable and the locations even more so...the rabbit is my favourite....arggggggggh!

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