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
Many of the extras in the film are actually technicians and stagehands, including the designer and the editor playing policemen, the film's musician playing the bearer killed by the Trojan Rabbit, the costume designer playing one of the minstrels and the wife of the producer of Monty Python's Flying Circus (1969) playing the historian's wife. See more »
The 3 Headed Knight's voice echoes for an undisclosed reason. It's a Monty Python film, not a medieval epic; that's part of the joke. See more »
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 »
The same extra footage from the 1996 re-release had previously been seen in the US on the RCA Video Disk edition of the film. Note: not laser disk, but the now-obsolete proprietary format RCA promoted in the early 1980's. See more »
This is such a great film that a professor of mine actually used it in a Medieval Civilization class as extra credit. This was not because the movie was so historically accurate, but because the movie was so much funnier when we applied what we learned in her class to it! It was really hard to pick only 10 funny lines!
To anyone that watched it once and didn't quite get it or got frustrated the first time, here is a tip: Catch it on DVD with the subtitles or closed-captioning on. That way you will be sure to catch all of the French insults and the other one-liners that fly by so fast! I don't recommend doing that with kids in the room - my 7-year-old picked up a couple of words on the screen that he had missed previously...
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