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 & the Holy Grail has "comedy cult classic" written all over it. This time the Pythonites savage the legend of King Arthur, juxtaposing some excellently selected exterior locations with an unending

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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 & the Holy Grail has "comedy cult classic" written all over it. 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:
10/03/2006
UPC:
0043396124516
Original Release:
1974
Rating:
PG
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:32:00

Special Features

The film fully re-mastered for high definition; A taste of the hit broadway musical Monty Python's Spamalot; The Holy Grail challenge quiz; New secrets of the Holy Grail; The original live soundtrack album of the film; Very expensive new packaging

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

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Monty Python and the Holy Grail: Feature Presentation
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 Aaarrgh!
26. The Holy Grail
27. Prepare to Attack
28. The End of the Film

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Monty Python and the Holy Grail 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 109 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is an instant classic. The song that Sir Robins singers sing are great, the knights who say Ni are awesome and that random french guy on the castle that kept saying Kanigits instead of knights. funny stuff.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Welcome to comedy at it's best. This movie is incredibly inventive and always hilarious. A warning though: DO NOT GO TO CAMELOT. IT IS A SILLY PLACE.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is a 5 star rating movie. it is totally funny and eric idle is the best out of all of them. he is sir robin of course.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you haven't seen this movie, have seen it, or if you're a big python fan, this is a must see! I must've seen it lik 15 times! The classic moments like '' I have defeated you! No you haven't! I cut your arm off! No, tis a scratch. What are you going to do, bleed on me!'', are unforgettable.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Special Edition is a lot better. It has a remake of the ''Knights of the Round Table song'' using Legos. Everything is in Legos and it is very well done.
Guest More than 1 year ago
You won't believe your eyes. I have seen this movie dozens of times, and it's still hilarious. If you're uptight, don't buy it. Otherwise, grab your credit card and buy now.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is my favorite movie and it always will be! You MUST SEE IT! If you haven't seen it, you haven't lived! Monty Python is what life is all about!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the perfect movie for you if you have a good sense of humor! This movie is a MUST see! This is truly the best movie EVER!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this movie is yet another one of my favorite comedy movies in my collection. it is so hilarious... you will be peeing in your pants, and laughing so much that it hurts.. this is a MUST SEE MOVIE!! you willl love it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
dudes you guys dont even know how funny this movie is! man i was laughing my fricken head off. i swear i coulda pissed in my pants, but i kept it in haha. i saw it when i was visiting my friend in utah and man i coulda swore he'd start crying he was laughing so hard. but dudes i swear, if ur lyk really depressed and what not, this will make you laugh. i mean some depressed goth dude could watch this and hed laugh. surprising, huh?
Guest More than 1 year ago
For Years, Monty Python was my favorite old TV show, and when I watched Holy Grail, I was laughing so hard, I almost died. It is my favorite comedy of all time, other than ANimal House. I recommend this movie, anyday to anyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie will crack you up. You'll be quoting this movie forever, and you'll never get tired of watching it. You have to see this movie
Guest More than 1 year ago
In the zany world of Monty Python, even medieval times can be a hilarious romp - black plague and all. Certain lines - such as "what's your favorite color?" and "I'm not dead yet" - will stick to your funny bones forever.
Guest More than 1 year ago
OMG! I absolutley love this movie. If you do not see this movie, i will say "ni" to you. My best friend reccomended it to me, and i love him forever for it. You will always love it! it is a must see! trust me! unforgettable humor! GET IT!!!!!! NOW!! It is hilarious! You must go watch it, or I will fart in your general direction! I saw the Broadway show for it, Monty Python's Spamalot, in December, and absolutley loved it! I also reccomend that, 2. (Tho Graham Chapman is dead, he will always live on in the heart of ARTHUR, KING OF THE BRITONS!!!!!!! but eric idle is always the best!=]=]=])
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My husband introduced me to this comedic film that is "Monty Python And The Holy Grail." He has owned this dvd for over ten years now and was able to explain some of the scenes to me while allowing me to discover what happens. There are 28 scenes available in this collection and one of my favorite scenes was the humorous part where one of the knights ends up in a castle of several women that apparently want to "take care of him in their own way." "Monty Python And The Holy Grail" is great to watch for those moments when you're craving something to make you laugh.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I would recommend this movie to anyone! Monty Python is just wonderful zany humor. Buy it, you'll laugh your head off!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the Funniest movie ever. Although the plot is quite weird this is a movie that you will watch many times and remember!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best movie! It is a nonstop trip when it comes to coconuts, nasty French guardsmen that come up with the oddest insults and catapult cattle, naughty women in the Castle Anthrax, The Knights Who Say Ni and demand shrubbery, Killer Bunnies, and crazy knights. I would recommend this to anyone, except those who don't get British humor or the BBC. Stick to movies like Young Frankenstein (which was totally hilarious, too).
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is the funniest movie I had ever seen