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Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Graham Chapman and John Cleese




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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.

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Overview

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.

Main Cast & Crew

Terry Gilliam - Director
Terry Jones - Director
Graham Chapman
John Cleese
Terry Gilliam
Eric Idle
Neil Innes
Terry Jones
Michael Palin
Connie Booth
Carol Cleveland
Bee Duffell

 

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  • Format: DVD (Special Edition)
  • Run Time: 90
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 043396052765
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Rating: PG (MPAA)
  • Release Date: October 2001

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Synopsis:
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.

Notes:
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.

Reviews:
"...A marvelously particular kind of lunatic endeavor....The gags are nonstop..." - 04/28/1975 New York Times, p.34


"...One of the funniest films ever made..." - 10/26/2001 Entertainment Weekly, p.98


"...This King Arthur spoof is the final comic word on the legend..." - 02/26/1993 USA Today, p.3D


"[A]mid all the silliness...the dialogue is often surprisingly erudite." - 08/01/2006 Premiere, p.67


"[A] strong showcase for the Pythons' versatility as performers....Rich in laughs and lunatic invention - 01/01/2007 Sight and Sound, p.91

 

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