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Monty Python & the Holy Grail [1975] (2 discs)

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Director:Terry Gilliam
Terry Jones
Writer:Eric Idle
Graham Chapman
John Cleese
Michael Palin
Terry Gilliam
Terry Jones
Length:91 minutes
(1 hour 31 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG
Suggested Event Use:April Fools
Sorting Category:Comedy
IMDB Rating:8.5/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:94%
Amazon Rating:4.5/5 stars
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  • Fantasy
  • Dark Comedy
  • Action
  • Cartoon
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Synopsis: King Arthur and his new knights are sent on a quest for the ultimate relic in the christian world.


Reaction: Off the wall and a bit risqué at times, but there are innumerable quotable scenes here.


Personal Rating: 7/10


Highlights
"Brave, brave, brave, brave Sir Robin ran away!"

Select Cast and Crew
Terry Gilliam => Director / Writer / Old Man from scene 24 (Bridgekeeper) / Green Knight / Gorrilla Hand / Patsy / Animator / Sir Bors
Terry Jones => Director / Writer / Dennis's Mother / Prince Herbert / Voice of Cartoon Scribe / Left Head / Sir Bedevere
Eric Idle => Writer / Peasant 1 / Roger the Shrubber / Dead Collector / Concorde / First Swamp Castle Guard / Sir Robin the Not-Quite-So-Brave-as-Sir Launcelot / Brother Maynard
Graham Chapman => Writer / Hiccoughing Guard / Middle Head / Voice of God / King Arthur
John Cleese => Writer / Sir Lancelot, the Brave / Peasant 3 / Tim the Enchanter / The Black Knight / Taunting French Guard / Second Swallow-Savvy Guard
Michael Palin => Writer / Right Head / Brother Maynard's Brother / Peasant 2 / King of Swamp Castle / Dennis / Narrator / First Swallow-Savvy Guard / Sir Galahad the Pure / Leader of The Knights who say NI!
Connie Booth => The Witch
Neil Innes => Singing Minstrel / First Monk / Peasant #4 / Page Crushed by the Rabbit

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • During a long pause during the witch scene, Eric Idle starts to laugh and bites his scythe to contain it.
  • Unusually for a Monty Python feature, all the female roles (apart from Dennis's mother, played by Terry Jones) are played by women. In the TV series, almost all the female roles are played by men.
  • The airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow is roughly 11 meters per second, or 24 miles per hour, beating its wings 7-9 times per second rather than 43. And a 5 ounce bird cannot carry a one pound coconut.
  • Funds earned by Pink Floyd's album "The Dark Side of the Moon" went towards funding The Holy Grail. The band were such fans of the show they would halt recording sessions just to watch [Monty Python's Flying Circus].
  • There are numerous instances of cat abuse because this was set in the time of the bubonic plague. Cats were the friends of witches, who supposedly spread the plague, so as many cats as possible were slaughtered. People began keeping lap dogs because they thought that the plague would reach the animal first and not get to them. This was, in fact, partly true. The fleas that really spread the plague did bite the dogs and not the people.
  • The chain mail costumes worn by the knights were simply knitted wool.