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

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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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

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

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

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.