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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Graham Chapman ... King Arthur / Voice of God / Middle Head / Hiccoughing Guard
John Cleese ... Second Swallow-Savvy Guard / The Black Knight / Peasant 3 / Sir Launcelot 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 / Voice of Cartoon Scribe
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 Neil Innes ... First Monk / Singing Minstrel / Page Crushed by the Rabbit / Peasant #4
Bee Duffell Bee Duffell ... Old Crone
John Young ... Dead Body / Historian Frank
Rita Davies Rita Davies ... Historian's Wife
Avril Stewart Avril Stewart ... Dr. Piglet
Sally Kinghorn Sally Kinghorn ... Dr. Winston
Mark Zycon Mark Zycon ... Prisoner
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Storyline

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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Makes Ben Hur look like an Epic See more »


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Country:

UK

Language:

English | French | Latin

Release Date:

27 June 1975 (Ireland) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Ritter der Kokosnuß See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

£229,575 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$45,487, 17 June 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,229,197, 27 May 2012

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,028,948
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Dolby Digital (2001 re-release)| Mono (original release)

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Two weeks before location shooting was scheduled to begin, the Scottish Department of the Environment withdrew permission for the Pythons to shoot within their castles, saying that the film's script would be "incompatible with the history and fabric" of the castles. The interiors of Camelot and Swamp Castle, and exteriors of Castle Anthrax, French Castle and the opening castle were all shot at Doune Castle (with various rooms redecorated and reused many times). Recently-rebuilt Castle Stalker was used for the Castle Aarrgg. Both of these were privately owned and could be used. The Constitutional Peasants' castle and Camelot are each 10ft high plywood models (hence Patsy's comment) which had a tendency to blow over in the middle of each take; hence the trailer shows another in-joke, with King Arthur knighting someone who just built a large castle but when the plywood building falls over Arthur stabs him. See more »

Goofs

During the second attack of the killer rabbit, the rabbit attacks the neck of the knight who is wearing Sir Lancelot's armor. At the end of the battle, Sir Lancelot has made it out with the rest of the knights and is still alive. See more »

Quotes

[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 »

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Starlet in the Starlight
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Written by Kenneth Essex
Published by De Wolfe Music Ltd.
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WHAT is the capital of Assyria? I don't know that!
28 March 2006 | by MaxBorg89See all my reviews

I do know, however, that Monty Python and the Holy Grail is one of the funniest movies ever made. Let's face it, if the Python hadn't showed up in 1969, someone would have created them by now, or the world would be a much sadder place. Alongside Life of Brian, which is the sextet's masterpiece, Holy Grail is an excellent start if you want to get addicted to their surreal humor.

As suggested in the title, the film deals with the Arthurian stories, freely reinterpreted by the Python ensemble: after recruiting his knights, including Sir Lancelot (John Cleese), Sir Robin (Eric Idle), Sir Bedevere (Terry Jones) and Sir Galahad (Michael Palin), King Arthur (Graham Chapman) embarks on a mission from God (also Chapman, voice only though): to seek and find the Holy Grail. No need to say, the journey is going to be perilous, but also hilarious, our heroes doing their "best" to screw everything up.

As in Life of Brian, there are so many good bits choosing just one or two feels reductive and disrespectful, given the material. It's pure comedy gold from start to finish, a non-stop gag marathon: from the mock Scandinavian subtitles in the opening credits to the argument about swallows, from the Killer Rabbit to the Black Knight and the jaw-dropping epilogue, you will keep grinning like never before (if you're unfamiliar with these comedians, that is). Actually, after some serious thinking I can select two particular sequences as particularly memorable: the Knights who say "Ni!" and the Bridge of Death. The rest of the film is ace too, but those two scenes are the ones I can't stop thinking of fondly whenever the movie is mentioned.

Oh, and let's not forget Terry Gilliam's vital contribution: he doesn't appear that much as an actor (his Bridgekeeper is absolute genius, though), but he compensates that with the remarkable animations used to depict part of this epic adventure. Speaking of epic, this picture has one of the most brilliant tag-lines in comedy history, if not film history in general.

Oh yes, the world wouldn't be quite the same without the Monty Python. Even the most miserable person on the planet will laugh like a lunatic after viewing any of their films.

P.S. Ni!


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