Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Terry Gilliam (1975)

85min
A Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Complete with some inspired digressions and shorn of some of the weaker sketches, the soundtrack album of the Pythons' first story-based feature is even funnier than the film itself. Yet this remains a wonderfully inventive comedy that brilliantly debunks the Dark Ages and legends of chivalry through King Arthur's encounters with an anarcho-syndicalist commune, the Black Knight, God (courtesy of Terry Gilliam) and the "knights who say ni". The Camelot and Sir Robin songs also get beneath the visor, but the highlights are the trial of Connie Booth's witch and the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch sequence. Shame about the ending, though.

Summary

King Arthur and his knights are given a mission by God to find the legendary chalice. They must brave mocking Frenchmen, killer rabbits and an indestructible black knight as their quest leads them on a series of surreal adventures. Comedy, starring the regular team of Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Michael Palin, Terry Jones, Eric Idle and Terry Gilliam.

Cast & Crew

King Arthur Graham Chapman
Black Knight / Sir Lancelot John Cleese
Patsy / Green Knight Terry Gilliam
Sir Robin / Brother Maynard Eric Idle
Dennis' mother / Sir Bedevere Terry Jones
Dennis / Sir Galahad Michael Palin
Witch Connie Booth
Director Terry Gilliam
Director Terry Jones
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: EMI DistsGuidance: Contains some violence, swearing and brief nudity. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray
Comedy