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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 ... 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 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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And now! At Last! Another film completely different from some of the other films which aren't quite the same as this one is. See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English | French | Latin

Release Date:

25 May 1975 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Monty Python and the Holy Grail See more »

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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:

$1,938,877
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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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Trivia

The gorilla hand turning the pages was director Terry Gilliam's. The hand turning pages before that is that of Gilliam's wife. See more »

Goofs

Near the end of the Monks' head pounding scene, the monk in the foreground appears to hit himself so hard that he stumbles. 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

The "restored" DVD version of the film includes a grand total of 23 seconds cut from the original release. Dingo, just before explaining the punishment of lighting the Grail Beacon, turns to the audience and asks "Do you think this scene should have been cut?" and then 'debating' the issue with the Constitutional Peasants and the 3-Headed Knight. Finally the Old Man from Scene 24, Tim the Enchanter, God and Arthur's army scream "Get on with it!"; the directors feared that this line would invoke a scathing response from critics and so dropped it. When the intact film was shown to a paying audience, however, it received one of the biggest laughs of the film and the directors tried to rescind the cutting order, but it was too late. See more »

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Referenced in Fierce Creatures (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Desperation
(uncredited - crossing the bridge)
Written by Ivor Slaney
Published by De Wolfe Music Ltd.
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User Reviews

I used to think this was the funniest movie ever made.
25 March 2003 | by InfofreakSee all my reviews

Being brought up on Python going to see this movie on its original release was one of the highlights of my movie going childhood. For many years I thought 'Monty Python and the Holy Grail' was the funniest movie ever made. Now over twenty five years later repetition and familiarity may not have ruined the movie completely but they have spoiled my enjoyment somewhat. Even so it's still a comedy classic and I envy anyone who is watching it for the first time. Python (Cleese, Chapman, Palin, Jones, Idle and Gilliam) were on top form throughout, and apart from one or two less successful bits it's hilarious stuff, and arguably their most consistent movie. (I still think their TV work was their best, the non-linear sketch format suiting their style more than extended pieces). Python bores can quote this verbatim but don't let them put you off. This is one wacked out romp full of fun and surprises, and still has more laughs than 90% of today's so-called comedies. Highly recommended.


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