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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:
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 / Gorilla 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 ... 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 ... 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 tenth-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 the Enchanter, 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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Trivia

Graham Chapman (King Arthur) was the only member of the cast to wear real chain mail armor. It weighed about twenty-five pounds. The rest of the cast wore knitted wool, painted to look like metal. See more »

Goofs

Given the fact that this movie breaks the fourth wall constantly, many crew/equipment goofs may be deliberate. In the final scene, characters even call attention to the film crew as part of the story. 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, then organ music is played over the black screen for about 4 minutes before the movie finally ends. See more »

Alternate Versions

In early versions, when the witch is accused of having a wart, she replies: "it's a pimple", but for some reason this line was cut from later editions. See more »

Connections

Spoofed in Deadly High Heels (2009) See more »

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Big Country
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Written by Keith Papworth
Published by De Wolfe Music Ltd.
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"I am your king." "Well, I didn't vote for you."
29 September 2019 | by thehappychucklerSee all my reviews

Monty Python (or John Cleese, Michael Palin, Terry Jones, Terry Gilliam, Graham Chapman and Eric Idle) brought their brilliant wit and smart humour to theatrical audiences back in 1975 with this nice little gem. If you have never seen Monty Python before it will either change your life and how you look at comedy or you will scratch your head and wonder what is so funny.

In this farcical story King Arthur (to me a brilliant performance and played extremely straight by Graham Chapman) armed with his Knights of the Round Table is on his search for the Holy Grail.They come face to face with deadly black knights, killer rabbits and lonely lustful nuns to name a few.

There really isn't a low point in the film as the laughs keep coming and ridiculous characters keep showing up. My favourite scenes are King Arthur's sword fight with the black knight (John Cleese), meeting the Knights Who Say Ni! lead by Michael Palin and dealing with the bridgekeeper (Terry Gilliam) of the Bridge of Death.

While this is a film from Python about one thing that being King Arthur's quest for the Holy Grail it still to me has the soul of sketch comedy due to silly characters that show up for generally one scene and then you move onto the next character. Which to me is completely fine. I think this group may have been the absolute best at sketch comedy.

Last night my fiancee, my sister, my niece and I went and saw this at a theatre, but it was very interactive. They gave you two halves of coconuts and lines to shout out to the screen. If you are a fan of Monty Python or this film it is not just highly recommended it is a must for those people.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English | French | Latin

Release Date:

25 May 1975 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

GBP229,575 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$45,487, 17 June 2001

Gross USA:

$1,827,696

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,939,484
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (2001 re-release)| Mono (original release)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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