Monty Python and the Holy Grail ()

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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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King Arthur / Voice of God / Middle Head / Hiccoughing Guard
Second Swallow-Savvy Guard / The Black Knight / Peasant 3 / Sir Launcelot the Brave / Taunting French Guard / Tim the Enchanter
Dead Collector / Peasant 1 / Sir Robin the Not-Quite-So-Brave-as-Sir Launcelot / First Swamp Castle Guard / Concorde / Roger the Shrubber / Brother Maynard
Patsy / Green Knight / Old Man from Scene 24 (Bridgekeeper) / Sir Bors / Animator / Gorilla Hand
Dennis's Mother / Sir Bedevere / Left Head / Prince Herbert / Voice of Cartoon Scribe
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!
The Witch
Zoot / Dingo
First Monk / Singing Minstrel / Page Crushed by the Rabbit / Peasant #4
Bee Duffell ...
Old Crone
Dead Body / Historian Frank
Historian's Wife
Avril Stewart ...
Dr. Piglet
Sally Kinghorn ...
Dr. Winston
Mark Zycon ...
Elspeth Cameron ...
Girl in Castle Anthrax
Mitsuko Forstater ...
Girl in Castle Anthrax
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 (as Vivienne Macdonald)
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:
Iain Banks ...
Knight in Battle (uncredited)
Police Sergeant (uncredited)
Margarita Doyle ...
Peasant (uncredited)
Charles Knode ...
Camp Guard / Robin's Minstrel (uncredited)
Zack Matalon ...
Guard who Falls into Barrels (uncredited)
Scott Mike ...
Bash (Mudfighter (uncredited)
William Palin ...
Sir Not-Appearing-in-this-Film (uncredited)
Monty Python ...
Themselves (uncredited)
Tom Raeburn ...
Guard Eating Apple (uncredited)
Brian Ross ...
Biff (Mudfighter) (uncredited)
Roy Forge Smith ...
Inspector End of Film (uncredited)
John Thornton ...
Dancing Knight (uncredited)
Maggie Weston ...
Page-turner (uncredited)

Directed by

Terry Gilliam
Terry Jones

Written by

Graham Chapman ... (written by) &
John Cleese ... (written by) &
Eric Idle ... (written by) &
Terry Gilliam ... (written by) &
Terry Jones ... (written by) &
Michael Palin ... (written by)
Thomas Malory ... () (uncredited)

Produced by

Mark Forstater ... producer
John Goldstone ... executive producer
Michael White ... producer

Cinematography by

Terry Bedford ... (lighting cameraman)

Film Editing by

John Hackney

Editorial Department

Campbell Askew ... assistant editor (as Alexander Campbell Askew)
David Bernstein ... colorist: HDR mastering
Nicolas Gaster ... assistant editor (as Nick Gaster)
Danielle Kochavi ... assistant editor
John Mister ... assistant editor
Brian Peachey ... assistant editor

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 (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)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

Charles Knode ... costumes (uncredited)

Music Department

Fats Waller ... intermission music (uncredited)

Script and Continuity Department

Penny Eyles ... continuity

Additional Crew

Brian Brockwell ... accountant
Leo Kharibian ... choreographer
John Waller ... fight director / period consultant
Christine Watt ... production secretary
Michael White ... presenter: in association with
Richard Burton ... double: Black Knight (uncredited)
Mark Zycon ... double: Eric Idle (uncredited)


Gary Cooper ... thanks
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Plot Summary

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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Taglines You can do worse than see it. See more »
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Additional Details

Also Known As
  • Monty Python and Holy Grail (Japan, English title)
  • Mønti Pythøn ik den Høli Gräilen (World-wide, English title)
  • Monty Python sacré graal! (France)
  • Monty Python : Sacré Graal ! (France)
  • Die Ritter der Kokosnuß (Germany)
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  • 91 min
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Box Office

Budget GBP229,575 (estimated)
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $5,028,948

Did You Know?

Trivia Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, and Genesis all contributed to this movie's budget. 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 »
Movie Connections Edited into The Lord of the Rings (1978). See more »
Soundtracks Camelot Song (Knights of the Round Table) See more »
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 »
Quotes Bridgekeeper: Stop. Who would cross the Bridge of Death must answer me these questions three, ere the other side he see.
Sir Lancelot: Ask me the questions, bridgekeeper. I am not afraid.
Bridgekeeper: What... is your name?
Sir Lancelot: My name is Sir Lancelot of Camelot.
Bridgekeeper: What... is your quest?
Sir Lancelot: To seek the Holy Grail.
Bridgekeeper: What... is your favourite colour?
Sir Lancelot: Blue.
Bridgekeeper: Go on. Off you go.
Sir Lancelot: Oh, thank you. Thank you very much.
Sir Robin: That's easy.
Bridgekeeper: Stop. Who would cross the Bridge of Death must answer me these questions three, ere the other side he see.
Sir Robin: Ask me the questions, bridgekeeper. I'm not afraid.
Bridgekeeper: What... is your name?
Sir Robin: Sir Robin of Camelot.
Bridgekeeper: What... is your quest?
Sir Robin: To seek the Holy Grail.
Bridgekeeper: What... is the capital of Assyria?
Sir Robin: I don't know that.
[he is thrown over the edge into the volcano]
Sir Robin: Auuuuuuuugh.
Bridgekeeper: Stop. What... is your name?
Galahad: Sir Galahad of Camelot.
Bridgekeeper: What... is your quest?
Galahad: I seek the Grail.
Bridgekeeper: What... is your favourite colour?
Galahad: Blue. No, yel...
[he is also thrown over the edge]
Galahad: auuuuuuuugh.
Bridgekeeper: Hee hee heh. Stop. What... is your name?
King Arthur: It is 'Arthur', King of the Britons.
Bridgekeeper: What... is your quest?
King Arthur: To seek the Holy Grail.
Bridgekeeper: What... is the air-speed velocity of an unladen swallow?
King Arthur: What do you mean? An African or European swallow?
Bridgekeeper: Huh? I... I don't know that.
[he is thrown over]
Bridgekeeper: Auuuuuuuugh.
Sir Bedevere: How do know so much about swallows?
King Arthur: Well, you have to know these things when you're a king, you know.
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