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|Monty Python and the Holy Grail
This classic Monty Python comedy, directed by Pythons Terry Gilliam
and Terry Jones, is a hilarious send-up of the grim circumstances of
the Middle Ages as told through the story of King Arthur and framed
by a modern-day murder investigation. When the mythical king of the
Britons leads his knights on a quest for the Holy Grail, they face a
wide array of horrors, including a persistent Black Knight, a
three-headed giant, a cadre of shrubbery-challenged knights, the
perilous Castle Anthrax, a killer rabbit, a house of virgins, and a
handful of rude Frenchmen.
In addition to the set pieces, the film also includes the same kind
of surreal animation that Gilliam contributed to the television
series. Throughout the irreverent adventures, the Python crew
eschews realism in favor of anachronistic social satire, a recipe it
later returned to in the 1979 biblical farce MONTY PYTHON'S LIFE OF
BRIAN. Melding the ridiculous with the sublime, the film quickly
inspired a cult following, generated a host of quotes, and even
inspired a computer game 20 years after its release. The numerous
songs and hysterical vignettes are sidesplittingly unforgettable.
Theatrical release: March 1975 (L.A.)
Filmed on location in Scotland.
MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL was the British comedy troupe's
second feature and their first film with a somewhat more traditional
plot. Their previous effort, AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY
DIFFERENT, was a collection of sketches from the BBC television
series MONTY PYTHON'S FLYING CIRCUS.
In the opening credits, "Ralph the Wonder Llama" is
credited as one of the executive producers; various other llamas are
credited with assisting the producers and directors.
Novelist Douglas Adams contributed to the film's soundtrack album.
Connie Booth and John Cleese were once husband and wife.
Terry Gilliam's wife, Maggie Weston, is uncredited as the page
turner; only her hand is seen.
Terry Gilliam did all the animation for the film.
Production designer Roy Smith, also known as Roy Forge Smith, played
several small parts in the film.
Neil Innes, who wrote the songs for the film, also appears in
several bit parts.
King Arthur and his knights venture into medieval
England in search of the elusive Holy Grail in this riotous parody
that takes on the Arthurian legend, chivalry, movie epics, and bunny
rabbits. Terry Gilliam's irreverent comedy, featuring the Monty
Python troupe in many memorable roles, is very simply one of the
funniest films ever made. Graham Chapman, Michael Palin, Terry
Jones, John Cleese, Eric Idle, and Gilliam successfully transfer
their television success to the big screen, laying the groundwork
for a series of hysterical farces that would follow.
"...A marvelously particular kind of lunatic
endeavor....The gags are nonstop..."
"It's just a flesh wound."--The Black
Knight (John Cleese) to King Arthur (Graham Chapman), after Arthur
has cut off his arms
"I don't wanna talk to you no more, you empty-headed animal
food trough wiper! I fart in your general direction! Your mother was
a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries!"--French Guard
(John Cleese) to Arthur
"Sir Launcelot had saved Sir Galahad from almost certain
temptation."--Narrator (Michael Palin), upon Sir Galahad
(Michael Palin) having been "rescued" from the castle of
"We are the Knights Who Say...'Ni'!" --Head Knight
(Michael Palin) to Arthur
"One day, lad, all this will be yours!"--Father (Michael
"What, the curtains?"--Prince Herbert (Terry Jones)
"We are now...no longer the Knights Who Say 'Ni.'"--Head
"Ni! Shh!"--Knights of Ni
"Shh! We are now the Knights Who Say 'Ecky-ecky-ecky-ecky-pikang-zoop-boing-goodem-zoo-owli-zhiv.'"--Head
"Look, that rabbit's got a vicious streak a mile wide! It's a
killer!"--Tim the Enchanter (John Cleese)
"And the Lord spake, saying, 'First shalt thou take out the
Holy Pin. Then, shalt thou count to three. No more. No less. Three
shalt be the number thou shalt count, and the number of the counting
shall be three. Four shalt thou not count, nor either count thou
two, excepting that thou then proceed to three. Five is right out.
Once the number three, being the third number, be reached, then,
lobbest thou thy Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch towards thy foe, who,
being naughty in My sight, shall snuff it.'"--Second Brother
"...One of the funniest films ever
"...This King Arthur spoof is the final comic
word on the legend..."
Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
Dolby Digital Mono - English
Dolby Digital Mono - French
Additional Release Material:
Audio Commentary -
1. Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, John Cleese, Eric Idle &
Michael Palin - Stars
1. THE QUEST FOR THE HOLY GRAIL LOCATIONS
2. ON LOCATION WITH THE PYTHONS (1974 BBC Location Report)
Subtitles For People Who Don't Like The Film (taken from
Shakespeare's Henry IV, Part II)
Special Feature for the Hard of Hearing
A Glorious Extra 24 Seconds Absolutely Free!
Interactive Cast Directory
"Follow The Killer Rabbit" Feature
Film Cel Senitype
Paperback of the Script