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The second best comedy ever made, Monty Python and the Holy Grail must give precedence only to the same team's masterpiece, The Life of Brian (1979). Even though most of this film's set-pieces are now indelibly inscribed in every Python fan's psyche, as if by magic they never seem to pall. And they remain endlessly, joyfully quotable: from the Black Knight ("It's just a flesh wound"), to the constitutional peasants ("Come and see the violence inherent in the system!") and the taunting French soldier ("Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries!"). Not forgetting of course the migratory habits of European and African swallows...
The film's mock-Arthurian narrative provides a sturdy framework for the jokes, and the authentic-looking production design is relentlessly and gloriously dirty. The miniscule budget turns out to be one of the film's greatest assets: Can't afford horses? Use coconuts instead. No money for special effects? Let Terry Gilliam animate. And so on, from Camelot ("it's only a model") to the rampaging killer rabbit glove puppet. True it's let down a little by a rushed ending, and the jokes lack the sting of Life of Brian's sharply observed satire, but Holy Grail is still timeless comedy that's surely destined for immortality.

DVD Features

One Feature Commentary By Directors Terry Jones And Terry Gilliam
One Feature Commentary By Michael And John Cleese And Eric Idle
A Killer Rabbit Feature
Shakespearian Subtitles
Full On Screen Screenplay
Trailers
Three Mindless Singalongs
Documentary Entitled The Quest For The Holy Grail Locations
How To Use Your Coconuts Feature
Monty Python And The Holy Grail In Japanese With Not Quite English Subtitles
A Classic Scene From The Film Animated In Lego
An On Location Documentary From The 1970s

VHS Features

UK video 1996 re-release includes 24 seconds of previously unseen footage: Zoot in Castle Anthrax has more lines; there are reaction shots of a crowd yelling "Get on with it" and even God shouting the same phrase.

Cast

Graham ChapmanKing Arthur / Voice of God / Middle Head / Hiccoughing Guard
John CleeseSecond Swallow-Savvy Guard / The Black Knight / Peasant 3 / Sir Lancelot the Brave / Taunting French Guard / Tim the Enchanter
Eric IdleDead Collector / Peasant 1 / Sir Robin the Not-Quite-So-Brave-as-Sir Launcelot / First Swamp Castle Guard / Concorde / Roger the Shrubber / Brother Maynard
Terry GilliamPatsy / Green Knight / Old Man from Scene 24 (Bridgekeeper) / Sir Bors / Animator / Gorrilla Hand
Terry JonesDennis's Mother / Sir Bedevere / Left Head / Prince Herbert / Cartoon Scribe (voice)
Michael PalinFirst Swallow-Savvy Guard / Dennis / Peasant 2 / Right Head / Sir Galahad the Pure / Narrator / King of Swamp Castle / Brother Maynard's Brother / Leader of The Knights Who Say NI!
Connie BoothThe Witch
Carol ClevelandZoot / Dingo
Neil InnesFirst Monk / Singing Minstrel / Page Crushed by the Rabbit / Peasant #4
Bee DuffellOld Crone
John YoungDead Body / Historian Frank
Rita DaviesHistorian's Wife
Avril StewartDr. Piglet
Sally KinghornDr. Winston
Mark ZyconPrisoner
Elspeth CameronGirl in Castle Anthrax
Mitsuko ForstaterGirl in Castle Anthrax
Sandy JohnsonKnight of Ni / Villager at Witch Burning / Musician at Wedding / Monk / Knight in Battle
Sandy RoseGirl in Castle Anthrax
Romilly SquireMusician at Wedding / Villager at Witch Burning
Joni FlynnGirl in Castle Anthrax
Alison WalkerGirl in Castle Anthrax
Loraine WardGirl in Castle Anthrax
Anna LanskiGirl in Castle Anthrax
Sally CoombeGirl in Castle Anthrax
Vivienne MacDonaldGirl in Castle Anthrax
Yvonne DickGirl in Castle Anthrax
Daphne DarlingGirl in Castle Anthrax
Fiona GordonGirl in Castle Anthrax
Gloria GrahamGirl in Castle Anthrax
Judy LambGirl in Castle Anthrax
Tracy SneddonGirl in Castle Anthrax

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Probably the funniest movie I have ever seen. MontyPythonandTheHolyGrail
this movie is stupid in a funny way. MontyPythonandTheHolyGrail
A funny movie that is a must see (at least for guys) at one point or another this humorous movie will have you laughing a good deal of... MontyPythonandTheHolyGrail
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  • Genre: Comedy Movies
  • Theme(s): Medieval, Satire/Parody/Comedy
  • Director: Terry Gilliam
  • Producer: Rainbow Releasing
  • Length: 91 min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.66:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaApr 28, 1975
    EuropeMay 25, 1975
    JapanAug 16, 1979
  • Ratings
    North AmericaPG-13
    Europe15
    JapanR-15
    AustraliaPG
  • Blu-ray Release
    North AmericaMar 6, 2012
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaFeb 21, 2006
    EuropeMarch 2002
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