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Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)

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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Graham Chapman ... King Arthur / Voice of God / Middle Head / Hiccoughing Guard
John Cleese ... Second Swallow-Savvy Guard / The Black Knight / Peasant 3 / Sir Launcelot the Brave / Taunting French Guard / Tim the Enchanter
Eric Idle ... Dead Collector / Peasant 1 / Sir Robin the Not-Quite-So-Brave-as-Sir Launcelot / First Swamp Castle Guard / Concorde / Roger the Shrubber / Brother Maynard
Terry Gilliam ... Patsy / Green Knight / Old Man from Scene 24 (Bridgekeeper) / Sir Bors / Animator / Gorrilla Hand
Terry Jones ... Dennis's Mother / Sir Bedevere / Left Head / Prince Herbert / Voice of Cartoon Scribe
Michael Palin ... 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!
Connie Booth ... The Witch
Carol Cleveland ... Zoot / Dingo
Neil Innes Neil Innes ... First Monk / Singing Minstrel / Page Crushed by the Rabbit / Peasant #4
Bee Duffell Bee Duffell ... Old Crone
John Young ... Dead Body / Historian Frank
Rita Davies ... Historian's Wife
Avril Stewart Avril Stewart ... Dr. Piglet
Sally Kinghorn Sally Kinghorn ... Dr. Winston
Mark Zycon Mark Zycon ... Prisoner
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Storyline

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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Makes Ben Hur look like an Epic See more »


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PG | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English | French | Latin

Release Date:

25 May 1975 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Monty Python and the Holy Grail See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

£229,575 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$45,487, 17 June 2001

Gross USA:

$1,229,197

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,028,948
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (2001 re-release)| Mono (original release)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

According to Terry Jones, the scene with Lancelot and Concorde required twenty takes. While the second take was perfect, the cameraman noticed that there was a lot of smoke in the background. At one point, an annoyed John Cleese quipped, "Well, was the smoke funny enough?" See more »

Goofs

Towards the end of Brother Maynard reading the message in the cave, Sir Robin lowers his shield, and it can be seen that he is played by a stand-in and not Eric Idle, who is playing Brother Maynard instead. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
King Arthur: Whoa, there!
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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 »

Alternate Versions

The UK cinema release in 1975 had edited some of the lines to receive an 'A' certificate. These lines include some of Zoot's texture about the oral sex and the overdubbing of uses of 'Jesus Christ'. It was not till 1996 that the UK video's became completely uncut. See more »

Connections

Spoofs Throne of Blood (1957) See more »

Soundtracks

Love Theme
(uncredited)
Written by Peter Knight
Published by De Wolfe Music Ltd.
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Wonderful movie!
28 November 2004 | by marac-1See all my reviews

This is such a great film that a professor of mine actually used it in a Medieval Civilization class as extra credit. This was not because the movie was so historically accurate, but because the movie was so much funnier when we applied what we learned in her class to it! It was really hard to pick only 10 funny lines!

To anyone that watched it once and didn't quite get it or got frustrated the first time, here is a tip: Catch it on DVD with the subtitles or closed-captioning on. That way you will be sure to catch all of the French insults and the other one-liners that fly by so fast! I don't recommend doing that with kids in the room - my 7-year-old picked up a couple of words on the screen that he had missed previously...

Enjoy!


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