Monty Python and the Holy Grail

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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 ...
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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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Special Features

High Definition widescreen presentation with pink frilly edges; soundtrack in glorious 5.1 Dolby Digital; subtitles in English, French, and Spanish; subtitles for people who don't like the film (taken from Shakespeare's Henry IV, Part II); on-screen screenplay -- read the screenplay while you watch the film; commentaries by Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, plus general complaints and back-biting by John Cleese, Eric Idle, and Michael Palin; animated menus with very loud 5.1 Dolby Digital sound; scene selection feature -- all-moving, all-singing, all-tax-avoidance; "follow The Killer Rabbit" feature; a special feature for the hard of hearing; a glorious extra 24 seconds absolutely free; mono soundtrack in glorious old-fashioned mono; three mindless sing-alongs; Michael Palin and Terry Jones in a special feature documentary, "The Quest for the Holy Grail Locations;" a paperback of the script; Monty Python and the Holy Grail in Japanese with English subtitles; exclusive film cel senitype; "On Location with The Pythons," an 18-minute location report made in 1974 by BBC Film Night (broadcast 19th Dec., 1974); an interactive cast directory -- discover just how many roles Michael Palin plays; theatrical trailers and, of course, Weblinks for real nurds! And more...
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Editorial Reviews

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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/16/2003
  • UPC: 043396012936
  • Original Release: 1974
  • Rating:

  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Collector's Edition / Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English, Français
  • Time: 1:32:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

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

Side #1 -- Disc One
   Play Movie
   Scene Select
   Extras: To See the Extras Insert Disc 2
   Audio & Subtitles
      Subtitles
         Screenplay: Read as You Watch!
         Subtitles: English
         Subtitles: French/Français
         Subtitles: Spanish/Español
         Subtitles: For People Who Do Not Like the Film (Taken From Henry IV, Part II by William Shakespeare)
         Subtitles: Subtitles Off
      Audio Options
         Audio: English 5.1
         Audio: Original Mono
         Audio: French/Français
         Commentaries: Terry Gilliam & Terry Jones
         Commentaries: John Cleese, Eric Idle & Michael Palin
   The Killer Rabbit
      Follow the Killer Rabbit: On
      Follow the Killer Rabbit: Off
   The Hard of Hearing
Side #2 -- Disc Two
   Singalong
      Knights of the Round Table
      Sir Robin
      Monks Chant
   Quest for the Holy Grail Locations
   Sacred Relics
      Coconuts
      Japanese Version
      BBC Film Night
      Old Rubbish
      Artefacts
      Photos
      Trailers
         Original UK Trailer
         US 2001 Re-Release Trailer
      The Cast
         Graham Chapman
            Voice of God
            Middle Head
            Guard 2
         Terry Gilliam
            Green Knight
            Old Man/Bridgekeeper
            Sir Bors
            Animator
         Terry Jones
            Woman
            Left Head
            Prince Herbert
         John Cleese
            Soldier 2
            Customer
            Black Knight
            Villager 3
            French Guard
            Tim the Enchanter
         Eric Idle
            Cartmaster
            Villager 1
            Guard 1
            Concorde
            Roger the Shrubber
            Brother Maynard
         Michael Palin
            Soldier 1
            Dennis
            Plague Villager
            Villager 2
            Right Head
            Knight of Ni
            King of Swamp Castle
            Guest 1
            Brother Maynard's Brother
            Narrator
         John Young
            Dead Man
         Connie Booth
         Bee Duffell
         Neil Innes
            Villager 4
            Servant
            Monk
         Carol Cleveland
         Rita Davies
   Unshot Footage
      Lego Knights
      Location Recce: With Directors' Commentaries
      Unused Ideas
   Excommunication
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    ...and you must cut down the mightiest tree in the forest with...a herring!

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    First, you must bring us, ANOTHER SHRUBBERY!!!

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    He's not quite dead yet...

    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!=]=]=])

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    What's your favorite color?

    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.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    kidz today

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    SOOOOOOOOO HILARIOUS

    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

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Funniest Movie Of All Time!!!

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    HOLY CRAP THIS IS AWESOME

    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?

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    HAHAHAHAHA!!!!

    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!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    You MUST Buy this

    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!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Wickedly Funny Movie!

    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!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    ''That rabbit's dynamite!''

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This is the BEST!

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2013

    My husband introduced me to this comedic film that is "Mont

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Don't miss this one!

    This is hands-down the funniest movie I have ever seen. From catapulting cows to killer rabbits, this is one you will rave about.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    great movie!!!

    this is a great movie!! i recomend it for people 8+ because of some inapropriate parts. It does get boring after you've watched 10 times but must agree with previous review best with friends.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A must see

    Ok all I can say is that this movie is probably my favorate movie off all time. It had everything a good comedy needs. If you need a quick laugh go to this. You can watch it over and over again and still laugh as hard as you did the first time you saw it. Great movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Funniest Comedy Of All Time

    This Movie Beats out all of the comedies ever made in the history of movies as being the funniest and most enjoyable of them all. If the AFI had included international films on their list of the 100 greatest comedies of the 20th century, this would be #1.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    the funniest movie ever!!!!!!!!

    I believe that Monty Python and the Holy Grail is one of the greatest works of comedy ever produced. In this movie, the people in Monty Python dress up in medieval grab and go gallivanting across the country side. They are knights on a search for the Holy Grail, headed by the illustrious king Arthur, Sir Galahad, Sir Lancelot, and Sir Robin, and they perform many gimmicks such as the holy hand grenade and the Trojan badger. As they go on their search they encountered such things as a killer rabbit, a three headed giant, and the castle Anthrax. This movie became an instant classic and is funny the first time through and for every time there after.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    SO FUNNY!!!!!

    Listen, strange women lying in ponds, distributin' swords is no system for a basis of government. Supreme excutive power dervives from a madate from the masses, not some facical aquatic ceremony! You can't expect to wield supreme excutive power just 'cause some watery tart threw a sword at you! At mean, if I went around, saying I was an emperor 'cause some moistened bint lobbed a scimitar at me, they'd put me away!' 'Run away! Run away!' 'So, if she weighs...the same as a duck, then she's a witch?' 'Burn her, burn her!!!' 'I soiled my armor I was so scared!' 'The Holy Hand Gernade!' ''Your arm's off!' 'No it isn't!' 'Yes it is!' 'No it isn't!' 'Well, then what's that?' 'I've had worse.' 'You're a looney!'' 'On second thought, let's not go to Camalot, 'tis a silly place.' 'What's the air speed volocity of a sparrow?' 'Where'd you get the coconuts?' 'Help, Help! Come and see the violence inhert in the system! Help, help I'm being repressed! 'Your mother was a hamster and your father smelled of elderberries!' 'You've got two halfs of a coconut and you're banging them together!' 'Go away, or I shall taunt you a second time!' These and other hilarious lines can be found in this movie. Buy it and see yourself!

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