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Writers:
Graham Chapman (written by) &
John Cleese (written by) ...
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Release Date:
23 May 1975 (UK) See more »
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Tagline:
You can do worse than see it. See more »
Plot:
King Arthur and his knights embark on a low-budget search for the Grail, encountering many very silly obstacles. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
1 win & 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Probably the best comedy ever made. See more (630 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Graham Chapman ... King Arthur / Voice of God / Middle Head / Hiccoughing Guard

John Cleese ... Second Swallow-Savvy Guard / The Black Knight / Peasant 3 / Sir Lancelot the Brave / Taunting French Guard / Tim the Enchanter

Eric Idle ... Dead Collector / Peasant 1 / Sir Robin the Not-Quite-So-Brave-as-Sir Launcelot / First Swamp Castle Guard / Concorde / Roger the Shrubber / Brother Maynard

Terry Gilliam ... Patsy / Green Knight / Old Man from Scene 24 (Bridgekeeper) / Sir Bors / Animator / Gorrilla Hand

Terry Jones ... Dennis's Mother / Sir Bedevere / Left Head / Prince Herbert / Cartoon Scribe (voice)

Michael Palin ... First Swallow-Savvy Guard / Dennis / Peasant 2 / Right Head / Sir Galahad the Pure / Narrator / King of Swamp Castle / Brother Maynard's Brother / Leader of The Knights Who Say NI!

Connie Booth ... The Witch

Carol Cleveland ... Zoot / Dingo
Neil Innes ... First Monk / Singing Minstrel / Page Crushed by the Rabbit / Peasant #4
Bee Duffell ... Old Crone
John Young ... Dead Body / Historian Frank
Rita Davies ... Historian's Wife
Avril Stewart ... Dr. Piglet
Sally Kinghorn ... Dr. Winston
Mark Zycon ... Prisoner
Elspeth Cameron ... Girl in Castle Anthrax
Mitsuko Forstater ... Girl in Castle Anthrax

Sandy Johnson ... Knight of Ni / Villager at Witch Burning / Musician at Wedding / Monk / Knight in Battle
Sandy Rose ... Girl in Castle Anthrax
Romilly Squire ... Musician at Wedding / Villager at Witch Burning
Joni Flynn ... Girl in Castle Anthrax
Alison Walker ... Girl in Castle Anthrax
Loraine Ward ... Girl in Castle Anthrax
Anna Lanski ... Girl in Castle Anthrax
Sally Coombe ... Girl in Castle Anthrax
Vivienne MacDonald ... Girl in Castle Anthrax
Yvonne Dick ... Girl in Castle Anthrax
Daphne Darling ... Girl in Castle Anthrax
Fiona Gordon ... Girl in Castle Anthrax
Gloria Graham ... Girl in Castle Anthrax
Judy Lamb ... Girl in Castle Anthrax
Tracy Sneddon ... Girl in Castle Anthrax
Sylvia Taylor ... Girl in Castle Anthrax
Joyce Pollner ... Girl in Castle Anthrax
Mary Allen ... Girl in Castle Anthrax
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Julian Doyle ... Police Sergeant (uncredited)
Margarita Doyle ... Peasant (uncredited)
Charles Knode ... Camp Guard / Robin's Minstrel (uncredited)
Zack Matalon ... Guard who Falls into Barrels (uncredited)
William Palin ... Sir Not-Appearing-in-this-Film (uncredited)
Tom Raeburn ... Guard Eating Apple (uncredited)
Roy Forge Smith ... Inspector End of Film (uncredited)
Maggie Weston ... Page-turner (uncredited)

Directed by
Terry Gilliam 
Terry Jones 
 
Writing credits
Graham Chapman (written by) &
John Cleese (written by) &
Eric Idle (written by) &
Terry Gilliam (written by) &
Terry Jones (written by) &
Michael Palin (written by)

Produced by
Mark Forstater .... producer
John Goldstone .... executive producer
Michael White .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Terry Bedford (lighting cameraman)
 
Film Editing by
John Hackney 
 
Production Design by
Roy Forge Smith  (as Roy Smith)
 
Costume Design by
Hazel Pethig 
 
Makeup Department
Pam Luke .... makeup artist
Pearl Rashbass .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Julian Doyle .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gerry Harrison .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Graham Bullock .... painter
Roy Cannon .... property man
Nobby Clark .... carpenter
Philip Cowlam .... assistant art director
Bob Devine .... carpenter
Bill Harman .... construction manager
Mike Kennedy .... property man
Tom Raeburn .... property master
Jim N. Savery .... stagehand
Charles Torbett .... property master (as Charlie Torbett)
Brian Winterborn .... property buyer
Terry Gilliam .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Philip Chubb .... sound maintenance
Ian Crafford .... sound effects
Bob Doyle .... sound assistant (as Robert Doyle)
John Foster .... dubbing editor
Godfrey Kirby .... boom swinger
Garth Marshall .... sound recordist
Hugh Strain .... sound mixer
Campbell Askew .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Jean-Raphaël Dedieu .... sound effects editor (2001 theatrical re-release) (uncredited)
Nicolas Gaster .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Valerie Charlton .... special effects model maker
John Horton .... special effects
 
Visual Effects by
Julian Doyle .... special effects photography
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Howard Atherton .... camera operator
Ray Hall .... camera grip
Kent Houston .... camera operator: rostrum camera
Terry Hunt .... chargehand electrician
Roger Pratt .... assistant camera
Ed Sullivan .... rigger
John Wellard .... camera focus
 
Animation Department
Lucinda Cowell .... assistant animator
Kate Hepburn .... assistant animator
Terry Gilliam .... animator (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Campbell Askew .... assistant editor (as Alexander Campbell Askew)
Nicolas Gaster .... assistant editor (as Nick Gaster)
Danielle Kochavi .... assistant editor
John Mister .... assistant editor
Brian Peachey .... assistant editor
 
Other crew
Brian Brockwell .... accountant
Penny Eyles .... continuity
Leo Kharibian .... choreographer
John Waller .... fight director
John Waller .... period consultant
Christine Watt .... production secretary
Richard Burton .... double: Black Knight (uncredited)
Mark Zycon .... double: Eric Idle (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Gary Cooper .... thanks
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Mønti Pythøn ik den Høli Gräilen" - International (English title) (subtitle)
"Monty Python and Holy Grail" - Japan (English title)
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Runtime:
91 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Dolby Digital (2001 re-release) | Mono (original release)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG | Brazil:18 | Canada:PG (British Columbia) | Canada:PG (Manitoba) | Canada:A (Nova Scotia) | Canada:PG (Ontario) (original rating) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Canada:AA (Ontario) (re-rating) (2001) | Finland:K-16 | Germany:12 | Iceland:L | Ireland:15 | Malaysia:(Banned) | New Zealand:M | Norway:16 (original rating) | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG | Singapore:PG13 (Blu-ray) | Spain:T | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) (cut) | UK:15 (video rating: 1988) | UK:12 (re-rating) (2006) | USA:PG | West Germany:12

Did You Know?

Trivia:
For the Japanese release, "Holy Grail" is translated "Holy Sake Cup."See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When King Arthur threatens to say "Ni" to the old crone, the left side of his chain mail coif is behind him; before and after that cut, both sides of his coif are draped over his shoulders.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
King Arthur:Whoa, there!
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Magyar vándor (2004)See more »
Soundtrack:
Sir Robin's SongSee more »

FAQ

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Why does the French Knight call King Arthur and his men "Kaniggets?" What does that mean?
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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Probably the best comedy ever made., 20 June 2012
Author: Drew St. Pierre from Maine

I heard a lot of things about Monty Python and the Holy Grail from my friends who had seen it. They said that it was the funniest movie that they had ever seen, and so I suggested that I must pick up this movie on DVD and watch it. So, I sat down, watched it and I agree that this is probably one of the, if not, "the" best comedy ever made.

STORY: Monty Python and the Holy Grail follows Arthur, King of the Britons (Graham Chapman) and his servant Patsy (Terry Gilliam); who they're looking for some knights to join them at Camelot. When they meet, King Arthur gets a message from God that he and his fellow knights must go on a quest to find the Holy Grail. When they do that, they come across very ridiculous, but rather amusing encounters.

MY THOUGHTS: The humor in Monty Python and the Holy Grail is so silly and clever that it blows every American comedy that has been made in the last couple of years out of the water. British comedy literally isn't painfully dumb than American comedy, although ridiculous, the humor in British comedy can make you laugh. That's what I liked a lot in Monty Python and the Holy Grail; is the humor.

Some of the animations are beautifully drawn and it gives a way to set up the subplot; just excellent. The way they used coconut halves and banging them together to make it sound like a horse trotting is so amusingly clever. The encounters were so funny and genuinely amusing, especially the encounter with The Black Knight, which I think is one of the silliest scenes in the history of comedy ("'Tis but a scratch." "Just a flesh wound."). And the part where King Arthur and his knights come across a French soldier who is taunting, another very hilarious scene ("I fart in your general direction. Your mother was a hamster, and your father smelt of elderberries."). There is also more, which I won't give away because I don't want to spoil the whole movie for everybody who hasn't seen this movie.

The main characters and a few of the supporting characters like Tim the Enchanter and Prince Herbert are very likable, hilarious, and well-developed. Although the rest have short appearances, they were funny as well. There were a lot of silly moments in Monty Python and the Holy Grail that I suggest that people should definitely check out.

THE ACTING: The acting in this is excellent and very funny. Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, among the other guys from "Monty Python", they do excellent playing multiple roles.

IN CONCLUSION: Monty Python and the Holy Grail is – without a doubt – the best comedy ever made. I can't recommend this movie enough. This is definitely worth checking out.

10/10

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