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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
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Second Swallow-Savvy Guard / The Black Knight / Peasant 3 / Sir Launcelot the Brave / Taunting French Guard / Tim the Enchanter
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Dead Collector / Peasant 1 / Sir Robin the Not-Quite-So-Brave-as-Sir Launcelot / First Swamp Castle Guard / Concorde / Roger the Shrubber / Brother Maynard
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Patsy / Green Knight / Old Man from Scene 24 (Bridgekeeper) / Sir Bors / Animator / Gorrilla Hand
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Dennis's Mother / Sir Bedevere / Left Head / Prince Herbert / Voice of Cartoon Scribe
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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!
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The Witch
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Zoot / Dingo
Neil Innes ...
First Monk / Singing Minstrel / Page Crushed by the Rabbit / Peasant #4
Bee Duffell ...
Old Crone
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Dead Body / Historian Frank
Rita Davies ...
Historian's Wife
Avril Stewart ...
Dr. Piglet
Sally Kinghorn ...
Dr. Winston
Mark Zycon ...
Prisoner
Elspeth Cameron ...
Girl in Castle Anthrax
Mitsuko Forstater ...
Girl in Castle Anthrax
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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
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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 ...
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Tracy Sneddon ...
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Sylvia Taylor ...
Girl in Castle Anthrax
Joyce Pollner ...
Girl in Castle Anthrax
Mary Allen ...
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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)
Tom Raeburn ...
Guard Eating Apple (uncredited)
Brian Ross ...
Biff (Mudfighter) (uncredited)
Roy Forge Smith ...
Inspector End of Film (uncredited)
Maggie Weston ...
Page-turner (uncredited)

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Terry Gilliam
Terry Jones

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

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

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Terry Bedford ... (lighting cameraman)

Film Editing by

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John Hackney

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Campbell Askew ... assistant editor (as Alexander Campbell Askew)
Nicolas Gaster ... assistant editor (as Nick Gaster)
Danielle Kochavi ... assistant editor
John Mister ... assistant editor
Brian Peachey ... assistant editor

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Roy Forge Smith ... (as Roy Smith)

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Hazel Pethig

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Pam Luke ... makeup artist
Pearl Rashbass ... makeup artist

Production Management

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Julian Doyle ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Gerry Harrison ... assistant director

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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)

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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)

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Valerie Charlton ... special effects model maker
John Horton ... special effects

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Julian Doyle ... special effects photography

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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

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Lucinda Cowell ... assistant animator
Kate Hepburn ... assistant animator
Terry Gilliam ... animator (uncredited)

Music Department

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Fats Waller ... intermission music (uncredited)

Other crew

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Brian Brockwell ... accountant
Penny Eyles ... continuity
Leo Kharibian ... choreographer
John Waller ... fight director / period consultant
Christine Watt ... production secretary
Richard Burton ... double: Black Knight (uncredited)
Mark Zycon ... double: Eric Idle (uncredited)

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Gary Cooper ... thanks
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Plot Summary

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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Also Known As
  • Mønti Pythøn ik den Høli Gräilen (World-wide, English title)
  • Monty Python and Holy Grail (Japan, 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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Budget GBP229,575 (estimated)
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $5,028,948

Did You Know?

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Trivia Funds earned by Pink Floyd's album "The Dark Side of the Moon" went towards funding Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975). The band were such fans of the show they would halt recording sessions just to watch Monty Python's Flying Circus (1969). See more »
Goofs In the witch-trial scene, John Cleese, Michael Palin, and Eric Idle barely restrain genuine laughter. Idle bites down hard on his scythe to remain in character. 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 The following are inserted into the real opening credits. They start as subtitles "translating" the credits into a "Pidgin-English-Swedish". (Though genuine Swedish does not use ø or ë.) Mønti Pythøn ik den Hølie Gräilen Røtern nik Akten Di Wik Alsø wik Alsø alsø wik Wi nøt trei a høliday in Sweden this yër? See the løveli lakes The wøndërful telephøne system And mäni interesting furry animals The characters and incidents portrayed and the names used are fictitious and any similarity to the names, characters, or history of any person is entirely accidental and unintentional. Signed RICHARD M. NIXON Including the majestik møøse A Møøse once bit my sister... No realli! She was Karving her initials on the møøse with the sharpened end of an interspace tøøthbrush given her by Svenge - her brother-in-law - an Oslo dentist and star of many Norwegian møvies: "The Høt Hands of an Oslo Dentist", "Fillings of Passion", "The Huge Mølars of Horst Nordfink"... We apologise for the fault in the subtitles. Those responsible have been sacked. Mynd you, møøse bites Kan be pretti nasti... We apologise again for the fault in the subtitles. Those responsible for sacking the people who have just been sacked have been sacked. Møøse trained by YUTTE HERMSGERVØRDENBRØTBØRDA Special Møøse Effects OLAF PROT Møøse Costumes SIGGI CHURCHILLMøøse Choreographed by HORST PROT III Miss Taylor's Møøses by HENGST DOUGLAS-HOME Møøse trained to mix concrete and sign complicated insurance forms by JURGEN WIGG Møøses' noses wiped by BJØRN IRKESTØM-SLATER WALKER Large møøse on the left hand side of the screen in the third scene from the end, given a thorough grounding in Latin, French and "O" Level Geography by BO BENN Suggestive poses for the Møøse suggested by VIC ROTTER Antler-care by LIV THATCHER The directors of the firm hired to continue the credits after the other people had been sacked, wish it to be known that they have just been sacked. The credits have been completed in an entirely different style at great expense and at the last minute. Executive Producer JOHN GOLDSTONE & "RALPH" The Wonder Llama Producer MARK FORSTATER Assisted By EARL J. LLAMA MIKE Q. LLAMA III SY LLAMA MERLE Z. LLAMA IX Directed By 40 SPECIALLY TRAINED ECUADORIAN MOUNTAIN LLAMAS 6 VENEZUELAN RED LLAMAS 142 MEXICAN WHOOPING LLAMAS 14 NORTH CHILEAN GUANACOS (CLOSELY RELATED TO THE LLAMA) REG LLAMA OF BRIXTON 76000 BATTERY LLAMAS FROM "LLAMA-FRESH" FARMS LTD. NEAR PARAGUAY and TERRY GILLIAM & TERRY JONES 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?
[pause]
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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