Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Monty Python and the Holy Grail

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Cast: Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, Graham Chapman, John Cleese

     
 

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From its opening multi-language titles (that sure looks like Swedish) to the closing arrest of the entire Dark Ages cast by modern-day bobbies, Monty Python and the Holy Grail helped to define "irreverence" and became an instant cult classic. This time the Pythonites savage theSee more details below

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From its opening multi-language titles (that sure looks like Swedish) to the closing arrest of the entire Dark Ages cast by modern-day bobbies, Monty Python and the Holy Grail helped to define "irreverence" and became an instant cult classic. This time the Pythonites savage the legend of King Arthur, juxtaposing some excellently selected exterior locations with an unending stream of anachronistic one-liners, non sequiturs, and slapstick set pieces. The Knights of the Round Table set off in search of the Holy Grail on foot, as their lackeys make clippety-clop sounds with coconut shells. A plague-ridden community, ringing with the cry of "bring out your dead," offers its hale and hearty citizens to the body piles. A wedding of convenience is attacked by Arthur's minions while the pasty-faced groom continually attempts to burst into song. The good guys are nearly thwarted by the dreaded, tree-shaped "Knights Who Say Ni!" A feisty enemy warrior, bloodily shorn of his arms and legs in the thick of battle, threatens to bite off his opponent's kneecap. A French military officer shouts such taunts as "I fart in your general direction" and "I wave my private parts at your aunties." Rabbits are a particular obsession of the writers this time around, ranging from the huge Trojan Rabbit to the "killer bunny" that decapitates one of the knights. Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin collaborated on the script and assumed most of the onscreen roles, while Gilliam and Jones served as co-directors.

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The first feature-length film from Monty Python, the quintet of physically and verbally gymnastic British sketch comics, is not only widely considered their funniest, but one of the funniest films ever committed to celluloid. Known for abruptly ending TV skits mid-stream with the segue "And now for something completely different" -- due both to their distaste for writing endings and their ADD giddiness to move onward -- the troupe finds uncharacteristic continuity here, examining one fertile topic from each of its absurd angles. Yet the movie is still comprised of distinct segments, any of which could serve as a favorite for fans who want to recite the choicest dialogue and make converts of the uninitiated. But for five minutes of sheer uncontrollable hysterics, one need only watch the scene in which Graham Chapman steadily lops the limbs from a foolishly determined knight, who continues issuing taunts even after he's been totally neutralized. Irritated more than threatened, Chapman's King Arthur keeps hacking at the prating cripple just to shut him up -- it's the only sane reaction in this ridiculous world full of delusional windbags. Chapman is a wonderful constant as the frustrated straight man, and his colleagues lob one demented set piece after another "in his general direction." The temptation is to enumerate these clever interludes, but a catapulted cow really needs to be seen to be appreciated. The only time Monty Python and the Holy Grail stumbles is at its sudden ending, a cop-out that's pure Python. Or maybe it's just that any end to such enlightened joke slinging is cause for lament.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/16/2003
UPC:
0043396012936
Original Release:
1974
Rating:
PG
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:32:00

Special Features

Subtitles for people who don't like the film (taken from Shakespeare's Henry IV, Part II); Onscreen screenplay: Read the screenplay while you watch the film; Enlightening commentaries by Terry Gilliam & Terry Jones, plus general complaints and back-biting by John Cleese, Eric Idle, & Michael Palin; "Follow the Killer Rabbit" feature; A special feature for the hard of hearing; A glorious extra 24 seconds absolutely free; Three mindless singalongs; Join Michael Palin and Terry Jones in their special feature documentary: "The Quest for the Holy Grail Locations"; "How to Use Your Coconuts" (an educational film); Monty Python and the Holy Grail in Japanese (with English subtitles); Monty Python and the Holy Grail in Lego; "On Location With the Pythons": Genuine 18-min. location report made in 1974 by BBC Film Night (broadcast Dec. 19, 1974); An interactive cast directory: Discover just how many roles Michael Palin plays; Tons of Terry Gilliam's original sketches plus posters; Behind-the-scenes photos: Hitherto unseen by human hand; A Load of Rubbish: A surprise package of mystery items specially included for the mentally challenged; Unused Locations!: How the directors' recce used up the budget; Unused ideas; Theatrical trailers; Web links for real nerds

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Graham Chapman King Arthur,Hiccoughing Guard,Three-Headed Knight
John Cleese Sir Lancelot,French,Black Knight
Terry Gilliam Patsy/Soothsayer,Old Man from Scene 24
Eric Idle Sir Robin,Concorde,Roger,Maynard,Guard
Terry Jones Sir Bedevere,Three-Headed Knight,Prin,Dennis's Mother
Michael Palin Sir Galahad,King,Knight,1st Soldier with a Keen Interest in Birds,Dennis
Patsy Kensit Actor
Monty Python Actor
Connie Booth The Witch
Carol Cleveland Zoot/Dingo
Neil Innes Minstrel, + minor role
Bee Duffell Old Crone to Whom King Arthur Said "Ni--"
John Young Dead person, Historian
Rita Davies Historian Who Isn't A.J.P. Taylor, Honestly's, Wife
Sally Kinghorn Either Winston or Piglet
Sandy Johnson Actor
Sandy Rose Actor
Mary Allen Actor

Technical Credits
Terry Gilliam Director,Screenwriter
Terry Jones Director,Screenwriter
Howard Atherton Camera Operator
Terry Bedford Cinematographer
Graham Chapman Screenwriter
John Cleese Screenwriter
Julian Doyle Special Effects
Mark Forstater Producer
John Goldstone Executive Producer
Eric Idle Screenwriter
Neil Innes Score Composer
Leo Kharibian Choreography
Michael White Producer
Michael Palin Screenwriter
Hazel Pethig Costumes/Costume Designer
Roy Forge Smith Production Designer
Wolfe Score Composer

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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Disc One
1. Main Titles
2. Coconuts
3. Plague Village
4. Constitutional Peasants
5. The Black Knight
6. Witch Village
7. Knights of the Round Table
8. God
9. French Taunters
10. The Trojan Rabbit
11. The Tale of Sir Robin
12. The Tale of Sir Galahad
13. Scene 24
14. The Knights Who Say Ni
15. The Tale of Sir Lancelot
16. The Rescue of Prince Herbert
17. The Wedding Guests
18. Roger the Shrubber
19. A Herring
20. Tim the Enchanter
21. The Cave of Caerbannog
22. The Holy Hand Grenade
23. The Black Beast of Aaarrghh!
24. The Bridge of Death
25. The Castle of Aaarrghh!
26. The Holy Grail
27. Prepare to Attack
28. The End of the Film

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