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 unendingSee 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 & 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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All Movie Guide
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:
03/06/2012
UPC:
0043396341937
Original Release:
1974
Rating:
PG
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
ABC
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:32:00
Sales rank:
156

Special Features

The holy book of days second screen experience; Lost animations with introduction by Terry Gilliam; Outtakes and extended scenes with introduction by Terry Jones; Scintillating commentaries by Terry Gilliam & Terry Jones and even more revealing commentaries by John Cleese, Eric Idle and Michale Palin; Quest for the Holy Grail locations with Michael Palin & Terry Jones; Lego Knights: the Knights of the round table in LEGO; Special Japanese version; How to use your coconuts (and educational film); BBC film night on location; Three songs to sing-along; Cast directory photo gallery

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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