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Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)

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King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table embark on a surreal, low-budget search for the Holy Grail, encountering many, very silly obstacles.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Neil Innes ...
Bee Duffell ...
Old Crone
John Young ...
Rita Davies ...
Avril Stewart ...
Dr. Piglet
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 USA:

$45,487, 17 June 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,229,197, 27 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?


On the DVD audio commentary, John Cleese expresses irritation at a scene set in Castle Anthrax, where he says the focus was on technical aspects rather than comedy. See more »


The Black Knight's sword is soaked in blood when he pulls it out of the Green Knight's head, yet a few seconds later when he duels Arthur, it is clean. We never saw him clean it. See more »


[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 »


Referenced in A Bigger Splash (2015) See more »


Circle of Danger
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User Reviews

Monty Python at their best
22 January 2005 | by See all my reviews

In the Realm of King Arthur, the Monty Python team set out on a quest to recruit the best Knights in the kingdom and find the Holy Grail.

This is Classic Python Mayhem, where we encounter Killer rabbits, Knights who go Nee! and Horny Nuns who lure the unsuspecting in with there Grail Shaped Beacon.

The Cast all give Typically Hilarious Performances, bringing another must see to the Python Loving Audience.

If You Like Monty Python, you'll love it, if you don't then stay away.

If you've never seen Monty Python before then give it a try, yes it's dated but its still great fun.


Also see, The Life Of Brian and The Meaning of Life

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