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Monty Python and the Holy Grail

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  • Comedy
  • 1975
  • Terry Gilliam
  • 85 mins
  • 12A

Summary

Comedy from the Monty Python team. AD 932: King Arthur and his page Patsy are seeking knights to join them at the Round Table. But a more demanding task awaits them when God appears telling them of their quest to find the Holy Grail.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

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.

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Credits

Cast

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King ArthurGraham Chapman
Black Knight / Sir LancelotJohn Cleese
Patsy / Green KnightTerry Gilliam
Sir Robin / Brother MaynardEric Idle
Dennis' mother / Sir BedevereTerry Jones
Dennis / Sir GalahadMichael Palin
WitchConnie Booth

Crew

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DirectorTerry Gilliam
DirectorTerry Jones

Details

Theatrical distributor
EMI Dists
Released on
1975-05-25
Languages
English | Latin | French
Guidance
Contains some violence, swearing and brief nudity.
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour

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