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Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Promotional poster for 2001 re-release
Directed by Terry Gilliam
Terry Jones
Produced by Mark Forstater
Michael White
Written by Graham Chapman
John Cleese
Terry Gilliam
Eric Idle
Terry Jones
Michael Palin
Starring Graham Chapman
John Cleese
Terry Gilliam
Eric Idle
Terry Jones
Michael Palin
Cinematography Terry Bedford
Editing by John Hackney
Distributed by 20th Century Fox (UK, video)
Cinema 5 (USA)
EMI (UK, 1975)
Release date(s) United Kingdom:
April 3, 1975
United States
May 10, 1975
Running time 91 min.
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Budget £229,000
Preceded by And Now for Something Completely Different (1972)
Followed by Monty Python's Life of Brian (1979)
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Monty Python and the Holy Grail is a 1975 film written and performed by the comedy group Monty Python (Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin), and directed by Gilliam and Jones. It was initially conceived during a gap between the third and fourth seasons of their popular BBC television series Monty Python's Flying Circus. Image File history File links Monty_python_and_the_holy_grail_2001_release_movie_poster. ... Terrence Vance Gilliam (born November 22, 1940) is an American-born British filmmaker, animator, and member of the Monty Python comedy troupe. ... Terence Graham Parry Jones (born in Colwyn Bay, Wales, on February 1, 1942) is a British comedian, screenwriter and actor, film director, childrens author, popular historian, political commentator and TV documentary host. ... Michael White Theatrical Impresario and Film Producer Theatre impresario and film producer Michael White was born in Scotland on January 16th 1936, and educated at the Sorbonne in Paris. ... Dr. Graham Arthur Chapman (January 8, 1941 – October 4, 1989) was an English comedian, actor, writer, physician and one of the six members of the Monty Python comedy troupe. ... Cleese redirects here. ... Terrence Vance Gilliam (born November 22, 1940) is an American-born British filmmaker, animator, and member of the Monty Python comedy troupe. ... Eric Idle (born March 29, 1943) is an English comedian, actor, author and composer of comedic songs. ... Terence Graham Parry Jones (born in Colwyn Bay, Wales, on February 1, 1942) is a British comedian, screenwriter and actor, film director, childrens author, popular historian, political commentator and TV documentary host. ... Michael Edward Palin, CBE (born 5 May 1943) is an English comedian, actor, writer and television presenter best known for being one of the members of the comedy group Monty Python and for his travel documentaries. ... Dr. Graham Arthur Chapman (January 8, 1941 – October 4, 1989) was an English comedian, actor, writer, physician and one of the six members of the Monty Python comedy troupe. ... Cleese redirects here. ... Terrence Vance Gilliam (born November 22, 1940) is an American-born British filmmaker, animator, and member of the Monty Python comedy troupe. ... Eric Idle (born March 29, 1943) is an English comedian, actor, author and composer of comedic songs. ... Terence Graham Parry Jones (born in Colwyn Bay, Wales, on February 1, 1942) is a British comedian, screenwriter and actor, film director, childrens author, popular historian, political commentator and TV documentary host. ... Michael Edward Palin, CBE (born 5 May 1943) is an English comedian, actor, writer and television presenter best known for being one of the members of the comedy group Monty Python and for his travel documentaries. ... Twentieth (20th) Century Fox Film Corporation (known from 1935 to 1985 as Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation) is one of the six major American film studios. ... EMI Films is a motion picture production arm of The EMI Group, and its films were released between 1939 and 1990. ... is the 93rd day of the year (94th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 130th day of the year (131st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... GBP redirects here. ... And Now For Something Completely Different is a film spinoff from the television comedy series Monty Pythons Flying Circus featuring favourite sketches from the first two seasons. ... Monty Pythons Life of Brian is a 1979 comedy written and performed by the Monty Python comedy team. ... The year 1975 in film involved some significant events. ... Monty Python, or The Pythons,[2][3] is the collective name of the creators of Monty Pythons Flying Circus, a British television comedy sketch show that first aired on the BBC on 5 October 1969. ... Dr. Graham Arthur Chapman (January 8, 1941 – October 4, 1989) was an English comedian, actor, writer, physician and one of the six members of the Monty Python comedy troupe. ... Cleese redirects here. ... Terrence Vance Gilliam (born November 22, 1940) is an American-born British filmmaker, animator, and member of the Monty Python comedy troupe. ... Eric Idle (born March 29, 1943) is an English comedian, actor, author and composer of comedic songs. ... Terence Graham Parry Jones (born in Colwyn Bay, Wales, on February 1, 1942) is a British comedian, screenwriter and actor, film director, childrens author, popular historian, political commentator and TV documentary host. ... Michael Edward Palin, CBE (born 5 May 1943) is an English comedian, actor, writer and television presenter best known for being one of the members of the comedy group Monty Python and for his travel documentaries. ... For other uses, see BBC (disambiguation). ... This article is about the television series. ...


In contrast to the group's first film, And Now for Something Completely Different, which was a compilation of sketches from the television series, Holy Grail was their first film composed of wholly original material. It generally spoofs the legends of King Arthur's quest to find the Holy Grail. The film was a success on its initial run and retains a large-scale cult following today. The film was the inspiration for the 2005 Tony Award-winning musical Spamalot, written by Eric Idle. And Now For Something Completely Different is a film spinoff from the television comedy series Monty Pythons Flying Circus featuring favourite sketches from the first two seasons. ... Sketch Show redirects here. ... For other uses, see King Arthur (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Holy Grail (disambiguation). ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Antoinette Perry Awards for Excellence in Theatre, more commonly known as the Tony Awards, recognize achievement in live American theatre and are presented by the American Theatre Wing and The Broadway League [1] at an annual ceremony in New York City. ... Monty Pythons Spamalot is a comedic musical lovingly ripped off from the film Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975). ...

Contents

Background

The group (including Cleese) reformed in 1974 to write and star in their first feature film of new material. The film, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, was based around Arthurian Legend and directed by Jones and Gilliam, the latter also drawing the film's linking animations. Along with the rest of the Pythons, Jones and Gilliam performed several roles in the film, but it was Chapman who took the lead as King Arthur. Holy Grail was filmed on a budget of nearly £150,000; this money was raised in part with investments from rock groups such as Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, and UK music industry entrepreneur Tony Stratton-Smith (founder/owner of the Charisma Records label for which the Pythons recorded). For other uses, see King Arthur (disambiguation). ... Rock and roll (also spelled Rock n Roll, especially in its first decade), also called rock, is a form of popular music, usually featuring vocals (often with vocal harmony), electric guitars and a strong back beat; other instruments, such as the saxophone, are common in some styles. ... Pink Floyd are an English rock band that initially earned recognition for their psychedelic or space rock music, and, as they evolved, for their progressive rock music. ... For the bands 1969 eponymous debut album, see Led Zeppelin (album). ... Charisma Records was a record label started by former journalist Tony Stratton-Smith in 1969. ...


The filming was apparently unpleasant. The weather was poor and the chain mail (actually woollen garments painted silver) soaked up rain; the budget only allowed for low-quality hotels which could not provide sufficient hot water for the team to bathe every evening; Gilliam and Jones argued with each other and with the other Pythons; and the extent of Chapman's alcoholism became apparent when he began to suffer from delirium tremens during the filming. Terry Gilliam later said in an interview that "everything that could go wrong did go wrong".[1] The Pythons recall that the filming of Holy Grail is the only time any of them can remember the usually amiable Palin losing his temper. This occurred when Jones and Gilliam insisted on repeatedly re-shooting a scene in which Palin played a character called "the mud eater". The scene was ultimately cut from the film. For other uses, see Chainmail (disambiguation). ... For the beer, see Delirium Tremens (beer). ... Terrence Vance Gilliam (born November 22, 1940) is an American-born British filmmaker, animator, and member of the Monty Python comedy troupe. ... Film editing is the connecting of one or more shots to form a sequence, and the subsequent connecting of sequences to form an entire movie. ...


The film proved a success and in 2000, readers of Total Film magazine voted Monty Python and the Holy Grail the 5th greatest comedy film of all time. Total Film, published by Future Publishing, is the United Kingdoms second best-selling film magazine, after the longer-established Empire from Emap. ...


Plot

King Arthur is recruiting his Knights of the Round Table throughout England. He is frustrated at every turn by anarcho-syndicalist peasants, a Black Knight that refuses to give up despite losing both his arms and legs, and guards that are more concerned with the flight patterns of swallows than their lord and master. Finally he meets up with Sir Bedevere the Wise, Sir Lancelot the Brave, Sir Galahad the Pure (also called "the Chaste"), Sir Robin the Not-Quite-So-Brave-As-Sir-Lancelot, and "the aptly named Sir Not-Appearing-In-This-Film", who appears to be Palin's son (a baby those days) suited up in chain mail, and declares them the Knights of the Round Table. When 'riding' to Camelot, they are given a quest by God to find the Holy Grail. For other uses, see King Arthur (disambiguation). ... For the film, see Knights of the Round Table (film). ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... Anarcho-syndicalism is a branch of anarchism which focuses on the labour movement. ... In a detail of Brueghels Land of Cockaigne (1567) a soft-boiled egg has little feet to rush to the luxuriating peasant who catches drops of honey on his tongue, while roast pigs roam wild: in fact, hunger and harsh winters were realities for the average European in the... The Black Knight, played by John Cleese The Black Knight is a fictional character in the film Monty Python and the Holy Grail. ... How Sir Bedivere Cast the Sword Excalibur into the Water. ... For other uses, see Lancelot (disambiguation) and Sir Lancelot (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Galahad (disambiguation). ... This article is about the term God in the context of monotheism and henotheism. ... For other uses, see Holy Grail (disambiguation). ...


They encounter a castle with a French Taunter who taunts them with random names like 'Daffy English knnnnnnigghits' and makes up insults to them, saying, "I fart in your general direction!". The Knights then retreat, weathering a barrage of livestock. Arthur decides that he and his knights should search for the Grail individually. After they split up, Sir Robin travels through a forest with his favourite minstrels, and encounters a Three-Headed Giant, Galahad follows a Grail-shaped light to the perils of Castle Anthrax (the girls of which are very interested in having sex with him), Sir Lancelot massacres a wedding at Swamp Castle, and Arthur and Bedevere encounter the dreaded Knights who say Ni, who want a shrubbery (they beat the knights by saying "it" though they never figure that is the knights who say ni's one weakness). They each overcome their individual perils and reunite to face a bleak and terrible winter. Surviving the winter by eating Sir Robin's minstrels, they venture further to a pyromaniac enchanter named "Tim", who takes them to a cave guarded by a killer rabbit. It has been suggested that Duration of sexual intercourse be merged into this article or section. ... The Knights Who Say Ni! are a band of knights from the comedy film Monty Python and the Holy Grail, feared for the manner in which they utter the word ni (IPA: , like knee but clipped short). ... Cannibal redirects here. ... For the 18th century American form of music and performance known as minstrelsy, see minstrel show. ... Property damage caused by fire Pyromania is an obsession with fire and starting fires in an intentional fashion. ... There are some who call me. ... The Killer Rabbit of Caerbannog is a fictional beast from the movie Monty Python and the Holy Grail. ...

The Killer Rabbit attacks
The Killer Rabbit attacks

After killing the vicious Rabbit of Caerbannog with the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch, the knights face the Legendary Black Beast of Aaargh in an animated scene, ending because the animator suffered a "fatal heart attack," and cross the Bridge of Death that is guarded by "the old man from Scene 24". Arthur and Bedevere survive to arrive at Castle Aaargh, and face the French Taunter once more. The film ends abruptly when a group of police from the 1970s interrupt the climactic battle scene to arrest Bedevere and King Arthur for the murder of Frank, the "famous historian", who was cut down by a knight while he was narrating a scene from the film. Image File history File links Rabbitattack. ... Image File history File links Rabbitattack. ... The Killer Rabbit of Caerbannog is a fictional beast from the movie Monty Python and the Holy Grail. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... A Police Constable of West Yorkshire Police on patrol The United Kingdom (UK) does not have one single police service serving the general public; with the exception of various special police forces and of Northern Ireland (which has one unified force, the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI)), police forces... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, also called The Seventies. ... The climax (or turning point) of a narrative work is its point of highest tension or drama in which the solution is given. ...


Breaking the Fourth Wall

At several points in the film, the separation between the action on screen and the production offscreen is blurred. For example:

  • At one point, King Arthur refers to "the old man at Scene 24". "Scene 24" is the proper name of that chapter in the movie, and theoretically, the characters should not have known that.
  • Another example is when a scene is cut short by the animator suffering a heart attack.
  • The narrator is actually a part of the story's plot, as he is killed while narrating events that supposedly already took place.
  • "The aptly named 'sir-not-appearing-in-this-film' ".
  • In the Castle Anthrax scene, Dingo faces the camera and inquires about the quality of that particular scene to that point. Other characters from past and future scenes of the movie respond and, after being drawn out, respond to "get on with it."

Production

The film was shot on location in Scotland, particularly around Doune Castle, Glen Coe, and the privately owned Castle Stalker. The many castles seen throughout the film were either Doune Castle shot from different angles or cardboard models held up against the horizon. (This was referenced in Patsy's famous line, the dismissive "It's only a model" in reference to Camelot—which it was.) The only exception to this is the very first exterior shot of the castle of the Swamp King, which is Bodiam Castle in East Sussex—all subsequent shots of its exterior and interior were filmed elsewhere. The chain mail armour worn by the various knights was also actually silver-painted wool except Arthur's (which tended to absorb moisture in the cold and wet conditions). This article is about the country. ... Doune Castle sited above the River Teith. ... Glen Coe is a glen in the Highlands of Scotland. ... Castle Stalker is a four story tower house or keep picturesquely set on a small islet on Loch Laich, an inlet off Loch Linnhe. ... For the slang word, see Patsy. ... Bodiam Castle, Sussex. ... East Sussex is a county in South East England. ...


The film was co-directed by Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones, the first major project for both and the first project where any members of the Pythons were behind the camera. This proved to be troublesome on the set as Jones and Gilliam had different directing styles and it often wasn't clear who was in charge. The Pythons evidently preferred Jones, an acting member of the group, as opposed to Gilliam, who began as an animator. On the DVD audio commentary track Cleese expresses irritation at a scene set in Castle Anthrax where he says the focus was on technical aspects rather than comedy. Two later Python feature films, The Life of Brian and The Meaning of Life, both have Jones as the sole director. Life of Brian is a film from 1979 by Monty Python which deals with the life of Brian (played by Graham Chapman), a young man born at the nearly the same time as, and in a manger right down the street from Jesus. ... Monty Pythons The Meaning of Life is a musical film comedy made in 1983 by the Monty Python comedy team. ...

Chapman as King Arthur in Holy Grail
Chapman as King Arthur in Holy Grail

The Pythons decided on a joke where the characters would pretend to ride horses while their porters banged coconut shells together, an in-joke as to how BBC radio shows and old-time radio in general had produced the sound effect of horses since the 1930s (a gag seen previously in the sole surviving[citation needed] episode of the 1956 program A Show Called Fred, produced by Richard Lester and starring Peter Sellers, and also used on The Goon Show in the form of "here comes a man riding on coconut shells"), with the added benefit of being much cheaper than hiring horses and learning to ride them. This was later referenced in the German release on 13 August 1976, which translated the title as "Die Ritter der Kokosnuss"[2] ("The Knights of the Coconut"), and in a successful attempt in Trafalgar Square at 7pm on St George's Day 2007 to break the world record for the largest coconut orchestra.[3] Image File history File links HolyGrail036. ... Image File history File links HolyGrail036. ... For other uses, see King Arthur (disambiguation). ... Look up Porter in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... For other uses, see Coconut (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see BBC (disambiguation). ... Before television, radio was the dominant home entertainment medium. ... A Show Called Fred was the successor series to The Idiot Weekly, Price 2d. ... Richard Lester (born January 19, 1932 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is a UK based film director famous for his work with The Beatles. ... This article is about the British actor. ... The Goon Show was a popular and influential British radio comedy programme, originally produced and broadcast by the BBC from 1951 to 1960 on the BBC Home Service. ... Trafalgar Square viewed from the northeast corner. ... St. ... Suresh Joachim, minutes away from breaking the ironing world record at 55 hours and 5 minutes, at Shoppers World, Brampton. ...


The use of coconuts leads to an extended (and boring, to Arthur) discussion on how coconuts could have found their way to the British Isles. The possibility of swallows carrying them, absurd as it seems, reappears in a key moment late in the film and helps Arthur advance his quest.


As an extension of the group's penchant for bizarre title credits[citation needed], the 2001 DVD release of the film commences with the British Board of Film Censors' certification for Dentist on the Job, a film "Passed as more suitable for Exhibition to Adult Audiences", followed by its grainy black and white opening titles and nearly two minutes of the film itself. During the opening scene of Dentist on the Job, the projectionist (played by Terry Jones) realises it is the wrong film and puts the correct one on. (Dentist on the Job was a 1961 comedy starring Bob Monkhouse, perhaps chosen as an epitome of the comedy to which Monty Python had once provided an alternative. Also, Dentist on the Job's alternate title is Get On With It, a phrase that appears multiple times throughout Holy Grail.)[citation needed] This article is about the year. ... DVD (also known as Digital Versatile Disc or Digital Video Disc - see Etymology) is a popular optical disc storage media format. ... The British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) is the organisation responsible for film classification (see Motion picture rating systems and History of British Film Certificates) within the United Kingdom. ... Dentist on the Job was a 1961 British comedy film, in black and white, directed by C.M. Pennington-Richards. ... Bob Monkhouse presenting Celebrity Squares (Image copyright British Film Institute) Robert Allen Monkhouse OBE (June 1, 1928 – December 29, 2003) was an English entertainer in the traditional sense, though primarily known as a comedian and game show host. ...


Holy Grail's start credits spoof Ingmar Bergman's film The Seventh Seal[citation needed] and so include mock Nordic subtitles and many gratuitous references to "møøse" and llamas. The subtitles fictionally tell how those responsible for the fake credits were sacked and replacement credits were created at great expense. The film has no ending credits, or indeed any indication whatsoever that the film is over, instead showing a policeman forcibly shutting down the camera and cutting straight to a black screen and a full two minutes and forty seconds of organ music. Due to the abrupt ending of the movie, the first few seconds of the opening credits are sometimes shown again when the film is played on television.[citation needed] The organ music is often missing from cinema showings as inexperienced cinema projectionists tend to mistake the ending blank footage (with audio track) as scrap film and remove it before sending the film back to the depot.[citation needed]   (IPA: in Swedish; usually IPA: in English) (July 14, 1918 – July 30, 2007) was a Swedish film, stage, and opera director. ... The Seventh Seal (Swedish: Det sjunde inseglet) is an existential 1957 Swedish film directed by Ingmar Bergman about the journey of a medieval knight (Max von Sydow) across a plague-ridden landscape. ... The North Germanic languages make up one of the three branches of the Germanic languages, a sub-family of the Indo-European languages, along with the West Germanic languages and the East Germanic languages. ...


Cast

Actor Main Role Other roles
Graham Chapman King Arthur God, Hiccoughing Guard, Middle Head of Three-Headed Knight
John Cleese Sir Lancelot Second soldier in opening scene, Man in plague scene with body, Black Knight, Villager in Witch Scene, French Guard, Tim the Enchanter
Terry Gilliam Patsy Soothsayer in Scene 24, Bridgekeeper, Sir Bors (First to be killed by rabbit), Animator who suffers a fatal heart attack
Eric Idle Sir Robin The Dead Collector, Villager in Witch Scene, Confused Guard at Swamp Castle, Concorde, Roger the Shrubber, Brother Maynard
Neil Innes Sir Robin's Minstrel Monk, Page crushed by rabbit, Villager in Witch Scene
Terry Jones Sir Bedevere Dennis's mother, Left head of Three-Headed Knight, Prince Herbert
Michael Palin Sir Galahad First soldier in opening scene, Dennis, Villager in Witch Scene, Right head of Three-Headed Knight, King of Swamp Castle, Monk, Main Knight who says "Ni"
Connie Booth Witch
Carol Cleveland Zoot Dingo
Bee Duffell old crone to whom King Arthur said "Ni!"
John Young Historian Man who is "not dead yet"
Rita Davies Historian's Wife
Sally Kinghorn/Avril Stewart Winston/Piglet

[4] Dr. Graham Arthur Chapman (January 8, 1941 – October 4, 1989) was an English comedian, actor, writer, physician and one of the six members of the Monty Python comedy troupe. ... For other uses, see King Arthur (disambiguation). ... This article is about the term God in the context of monotheism and henotheism. ... Cleese redirects here. ... For other uses, see Lancelot (disambiguation) and Sir Lancelot (disambiguation). ... Terrence Vance Gilliam (born November 22, 1940) is an American-born British filmmaker, animator, and member of the Monty Python comedy troupe. ... For the slang word, see Patsy. ... Eric Idle (born March 29, 1943) is an English comedian, actor, author and composer of comedic songs. ... Sir Robin the Not-quite-so-brave-as-Sir-Lancelot (also known as Sir Robin the Chicken-hearted) is a comic fictional character played by Eric Idle in the film Monty Python and the Holy Grail, and by David Hyde Pierce in the Broadway musical Spamalot. ... Neil James Innes (born 9 December 1944, in Danbury, Essex) is an English writer and performer of comic songs, best known for his collaborative work with Monty Python, and for playing in the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band and later The Rutles. ... Terence Graham Parry Jones (born in Colwyn Bay, Wales, on February 1, 1942) is a British comedian, screenwriter and actor, film director, childrens author, popular historian, political commentator and TV documentary host. ... How Sir Bedivere Cast the Sword Excalibur into the Water. ... Michael Edward Palin, CBE (born 5 May 1943) is an English comedian, actor, writer and television presenter best known for being one of the members of the comedy group Monty Python and for his travel documentaries. ... For other uses, see Galahad (disambiguation). ... Constance Booth (Born: December 2, 1944) is an American writer and actress best known for her appearances on British television, and particularly for her work with her former husband John Cleese. ... Carols first Python appearance. ... John Young (16 June 1916–30 October 1996) was a Scottish actor. ...

Characters

Knights of the Round Table

King Arthur – King of the Britons (of Britainny), Sir Bedevere the Wise, Sir Lancelot the Brave, (Sir Lancelot the Homicidally Brave in Spamalot) Sir Galahad the Pure, Sir Robin the Not-Quite-So-Brave-As-Sir-Lancelot, The aptly dubbed' 'Sir-Not-Appearing-In-This-Film'. Monty Pythons Spamalot is a comedic musical lovingly ripped off from the film Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975). ...


Villains

Knights Who-Say-Ni, The French, The Cops, The Black Knight, The Three Headed Knight, and The Keeper of the Bridge of Death (a.k.a., the man from scene 24).


The Legendary Black Beast of Aaaaarrrrrrggghhh

The legendary Black Beast of Aaaaarrrrrrggghhh [King Arthur's pronunciation: [ɑːɡ]] is a famous creature from the film. The beast dwells in the Cave of Caerbannog, the entrance of which is guarded by the vicious killer Rabbit of Caerbannog. The Beast's name was coined by Brother Maynard, who announced "It's the Legendary Black Beast of... Aaaaarrrrrrggghhh!" as he falls into the Beast's jaws. It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Rabbit of Caerbannog. ... The Killer Rabbit of Caerbannog is a fictional beast from the movie Monty Python and the Holy Grail. ...


In the film, the Knights of King Arthur's Round Table encounter the Black Beast in the Cave of Caerbannog while they are reading the carvings written by Joseph of Arimathea which tell the location of the Holy Grail. The characters are distracted by the carvings, which say that the Grail is located in the "Castle Aaaaarrrrrrggghhh", and as they try to figure out what the Castle Aaaaarrrrrrggghhh is, the Beast sneaks up on them from behind. The monster (which comically appears in the film as an animation, in which he has multiple eyes, two legs, and is quite colourful instead of black) then eats the scholar Brother Maynard and Sir Alf (whose death was cut out of the film) and chases the fleeing knights. For other uses, see King Arthur (disambiguation). ... King Arthur presides at the Round Table. ... Joseph of Arimathea by Pietro Perugino. ... Castle Stalker is a four story tower house or keep picturesquely set on a small islet on Loch Laich, an inlet off Loch Linnhe. ... The bouncing ball animation (below) consists of these 6 frames. ...


Arthur and his men are unable to combat the beast and are almost killed by it, until the animator (as portrayed by Terry Gilliam) inexplicably suffers a fatal heart attack, thus ending the "cartoon peril". At this point the Beast turns white and disappears. Terrence Vance Gilliam (born November 22, 1940) is an American-born British filmmaker, animator, and member of the Monty Python comedy troupe. ... For other uses, see Deus ex machina (disambiguation). ...


References

The final scene features a huge army which has apparently been following the knights unseen throughout the film. This may be a spoof on many of Shakespeare's historical dramas in which large battles are implied by the few actors on stage. Shakespeare redirects here. ...


2001 Re-release

On June 15, 2001, Monty Python and the Holy Grail was re-released on four North American screens. This version of the film was digitally restored and remastered with a new stereo soundtrack. In addition, it restored 24 seconds of material to the Castle Anthrax scene that was not originally in the theatrical release (although had appeared on several video and DVD editions of the film, and when the film was shown on TV in the UK on the BBC on 31 December 1992) where Zoot's "identical twin sister Dingo" gets side-tracked in conversation, and she randomly stops saying her lines and remarks on how much she is enjoying this scene. Several characters, including Tim the Enchanter, God, and the army at the end of the film, tell her to "get on with it!". is the 166th day of the year (167th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ...


In its opening weekend, it grossed a strong US$45,487 ($11,372 per screen). It played in limited release until December 2003, playing at 26 screens at its widest point and eventually grossing US$1,821,082 during its re-release run. This version of the film still plays periodically at North American repertory theatres. USD redirects here. ... Properly, repertory is a style of a number of repertory companies which rehearsed and performed plays in a fortnight. ...


Soundtrack

The Album of the Soundtrack of the Trailer of the Film of Monty Python and the Holy Grail, the movie's official soundtrack, is less of a soundtrack and more of a comedy album in its own right, which depicts the "premiere" of the film along with several other sketches intercutting scenes from the movie. The Album of the Soundtrack of the Trailer of the the Film of Monty Python and the Holy Grail is an album released by Monty Python in 1975. ...


The flagellant monks are chanting a phrase from the Latin Requiem mass, pies Jesu Domine, dona eis requiem, which in English is rendered, Holy Lord Jesus, grant unto them rest. They then hit themselves with wooden boards. This may be in reference to the flagellants during the time of the black plague. Latin was the language originally spoken in the region around Rome called Latium. ... The Requiem (from the Latin requiés, rest) or Requiem Mass (informally, the funeral Mass), also known formally (in Latin) as the Missa pro defunctis or Missa defunctorum, is a liturgical service of the Roman Catholic Church as well as the Anglican/ Episcopalian High Church and certain Lutheran Churches in... For other uses of Mass, see Mass (disambiguation). ... The Flagellants were a 13th and 14th century Christian movement. ...


The dramatic music played during Sir Lancelot's misguided storming of Swamp Castle is The Flying Messenger by Oliver Armstrong, and was not specifically written for the film (rather, it was written as part of a library of music to be used by whomsoever wished to buy rights to it). [5]


The intermission sequence also plays a part of Fats Waller's Alligator Crawl on the organ although it was originally written for piano. Fats Waller (born Thomas Wright Waller on May 21, 1904, died December 15, 1943) was an American jazz pianist, organist, composer and comedic entertainer. ... Pianoforte redirects here. ...


Home video editions, locations

The first DVD was released in 1999 and boasted only a non-anamorphic print, about two pages of production notes, and trailers for other Sony Pictures releases. On October 23, 2001, the Special Edition DVD was released. It includes two commentary tracks, documentaries related to the film, the "Camelot Song" as sung by LEGO minifigures (Source), and "Subtitles For People Who Don't Like the Film", consisting of lines taken from William Shakespeare's Henry IV, Part 2, and in the opening has a conversation between two people written in "Swedish". There are also two scenes synchronised in Japanese, where the knights search for a "holy sake cup" and where the Knights Who Say Ni request a bonsai. Most of the home video adaptations feature an extra scene where several characters are telling Carol Cleveland's character Dingo to "Get on with it!". Some of them include characters not seen yet at that point in the film, such as Tim the Enchanter, The Old Man from Scene 24 and the army at the end of the film (this scene was also shown in the Comedy Central broadcasts of the film). It also includes a small featurette about proper use of a coconut. is the 296th day of the year (297th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ... For other uses, see Lego (disambiguation). ... Space, Castle, and Town minifigures Minifigures are small, plastic figural toys produced by Danish toy manufacturer Lego, which are usually sold with Lego sets, as characters intended to populate modular Lego environments. ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... Henry IV part 2 is a history play by William Shakespeare, first published as part of Shakespeares First Folio. ... Sake barrels at Itsukushima Shrine. ... Maple Bonsai in Heidelberg, Germany Bonsai displayed at a garden show in Tatton Park in Cheshire, England Bonsai   (Japanese: , literally potted plant) is the art of aesthetic miniaturization of trees by growing them in containers. ... Carols first Python appearance. ... Comedy Central is an American cable television and satellite television channel in the United States. ...


The DVD "Special Edition" includes "The Quest for the Holy Grail Locations", hosted by Michael Palin and Terry Jones, which shows places in Scotland used for the setting titled as "England 932 A.D." (as well as the two Pythons purchasing a copy of their own script as a guide). Many scenes were filmed in or around Doune Castle, "Scene 24" and the blood-thirsty rabbit's "Cave of Caerbannog" were in sight of Loch Tay, near Killin, and "The Bridge of Death" was in Glen Coe. In the closing battle scene, shots facing "Castle Aaaaarrrrrrggghhh" were filmed at Castle Stalker but the shots looking the other way towards the huge army were filmed later on Sheriffmuir near Stirling once they had managed to get enough people—one of them being author Iain Banks, then a student, as he recounts in his non-fiction work Raw Spirit. It should be noted that this DVD edition is missing the "Swedish" subtitle "Mønti Pythøn ik den Hølie Gräilen" in the film's opening title screen. Michael Edward Palin, CBE (born 5 May 1943) is an English comedian, actor, writer and television presenter best known for being one of the members of the comedy group Monty Python and for his travel documentaries. ... Terence Graham Parry Jones (born in Colwyn Bay, Wales, on February 1, 1942) is a British comedian, screenwriter and actor, film director, childrens author, popular historian, political commentator and TV documentary host. ... This article is about the country. ... Doune Castle sited above the River Teith. ... Loch Tay (Scottish Gaelic, Loch Tatha) is a freshwater loch in the central highlands of Scotland, in the district of Perthshire. ... Killin Visitor Centre, looking south east across the Falls of Dochart. ... Glen Coe is a glen in the Highlands of Scotland. ... Castle Stalker is a four story tower house or keep picturesquely set on a small islet on Loch Laich, an inlet off Loch Linnhe. ... Broad Street at the heart of Stirlings Old Town area (called Top of the Town by locals) Stirling Castle (Southwest aspect) The main courtyard inside Stirling Castle. ... Iain Menzies Banks (officially Iain Banks, born on 16 February 1954 in Dunfermline, Fife) is a Scottish writer. ...


In this special edition DVD release, the opening credits of the 1961 film Dentist on the Job is seen before the voice of the projectionist (presumably that of Terry Jones) mumbles that this is wrong film. The film stops abruptly and a slide reading "One moment while the operator changes reels" is seen on screen. The projectionist can be heard scrambling to start the correct film (Dentist on the Job has an alternative title of Get On With It!). Dentist on the Job was a 1961 British comedy film, in black and white, directed by C.M. Pennington-Richards. ...


On September 16, 2003, a "Collector's Edition" DVD was released that includes the features of the previous "Special Edition" as well as a copy of the Screenplay. This set came in a collectible box. is the 259th day of the year (260th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Sample from a screenplay, showing dialogue and action descriptions. ...


On October 3, 2006, an "Extraordinarily Deluxe" DVD was released that includes the features of the previous "Special Edition" as well as other, new features. These include songs from the Spamalot (with accompanying animation), a "Holy Grail Challenge" feature, and a "Secrets of the Holy Grail" feature. The aspect ratio for the "Extraordinarily Deluxe" DVD is 1.66:1, whereas the previous Special Edition features a 1.85:1 aspect ratio. Also, the "Extraordinarily Deluxe" DVD restores the "Swedish" subtitle missing from the Special Edition. is the 276th day of the year (277th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Games

In 1985, an unofficial text adventure game called The Quest for the Holy Grail appeared for the Commodore 64 and ZX Spectrum computers, released as a budget title on cassette tape by Mastertronic. While the game borrowed many concepts from the movie (the three headed knight, the white rabbit, holy hand grenade, shrubbery, etc.), the plot of the game made no real attempt to follow the plot of the film. Reviews of the game were not kind, lambasting it for weak humour and ease of completion. Zork, an early work of interactive fiction, running on a modern interpreter Interactive fiction, often abbreviated as IF, is a simulated environment in which players use text commands to control characters. ... C-64 redirects here. ... The ZX Spectrum is an 8-bit personal home computer released in the United Kingdom in 1982 by Sinclair Research Ltd. ... Mastertronic was originally a publisher and distributor of low-cost (budget) computer game software founded in 1983. ...


In 1996, 7th Level released the official Monty Python & the Quest for the Holy Grail. It used footage and imagery from the film, as well as audio clips (some new) and featured an animated version of a scene never filmed entitled "King Brian The Wild". 7th Level, Inc. ... Monty Python and the Holy Grail is a comedy film released in 1975. ...


Minigames included variations on popular games such as Whack-A-Mole ("Spank the Virgins") and Tetris ("Bring Out Your Dead"). Whac-A-Mole is a popular arcade redemption game invented in 1971 by Bobs Space Racers Inc. ... Tetris (Russian: ) is a falling-blocks puzzle video game, released on a large spectrum of platforms. ...


A collectible card game using the characters and plot of the movie was released by Kenzer & Company in 1996. Collectible card games (CCGs), also called trading card games (TCGs), are played using specially designed sets of cards. ... Kenzer and Company (KenzerCo) is an Illinois based publisher of role-playing games, board games, card games, and miniature games. ...


The MUD Starmud contains an area that is based closely upon the movie. This article is about a type of online computer game. ...


Reaction and legacy

This film is number 40 on Bravo's "100 Funniest Movies". In 2000, readers of Total Film magazine voted Monty Python and the Holy Grail the 5th greatest comedy film of all time. The next Monty Python film, Monty Python's Life of Brian, was ranked #1. A 2004 poll by UK arm of Amazon and the Internet Movie Database named Monty Python and the Holy Grail as the best British picture of all time.[6] This article is about the U.S. cable network. ... Total Film, published by Future Publishing, is the United Kingdoms second best-selling film magazine, after the longer-established Empire from Emap. ... Monty Pythons Life of Brian is a 1979 comedy written and performed by the Monty Python comedy team. ...


Cultural references

A number of works, such as video games, novels and newspapers pay homage to this movie. Computer and video games redirects here. ...

  • In the DVD commentary for the Lord of the Rings films, director Peter Jackson admitted crowd scenes with rural peasants were tricky to design, as they could easily remind viewers of Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Also, in The Two Towers commentary, previsualization artist Christian Rivers compares Helm's Deep to Camelot, saying, "it's only a model."
  • The 2007 DreamWorks animated film Shrek the Third includes a scene in which a character is banging coconuts together to simulate the sound of horses' hooves. Although both John Cleese and Eric Idle appeared in the film, Idle stated that he did not know and did not approve of the use of the gag in the film. He claims to be considering suing the producers of Shrek for the unauthorised use of this gag, while the producers claim they were honoring Idle and Cleese by putting the part in.[7]
  • In the MMORPG RuneScape by Jagex, in Party Pete's, when the player pays a fee and pulls a lever, knights start dancing on the table, similar to the Camelot Song sequence. Also, using a herring with a tree yields the humorous message "This is not the mightiest tree in the forest," a spoof of Arthur's line from the Knights of Nii scene.
  • In "Weird Al" Yankovic's music video for White and Nerdy he claims to be able to recite the entire movie.
  • In the video game Shadow Warrior, there is a secret area in one level, where there is an assortment of gore, a black knight's helmet, a holy grail, and an evil bunny rabbit with red eyes who will attack you.
  • The game SimCity 2000 has 4 speeds at which time can be advanced, two of them being 'Llama' and 'African Swallow'
  • Zoos in SimCity 2000 contain only llamas and other dromedaries
  • There is a beer called Monty Python's Holy (Gr)Ail Ale (the Gr on the Grail is crossed out). It is complete with Python style animations, including the foot.
  • In Heros Mini, there is an award called Brave Sir Robin which has the description of:When danger reared its ugly head, He bravely turned his tail and fled.

This article is about the Peter Jackson film trilogy. ... For other persons named Peter Jackson, see Peter Jackson (disambiguation). ... The Two Towers is the second volume of J. R. R. Tolkiens The Lord of the Rings. ... Christian Rivers is a New Zealand filmmaker. ... In J. R. R. Tolkiens Middle-earth fantasy writings, Helms Deep was a large valley in the north-western Ered Nimrais (White Mountains). ... DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. ... This article is about the film. ... Cleese redirects here. ... Eric Idle (born March 29, 1943) is an English comedian, actor, author and composer of comedic songs. ... The Shrek film series is a series of eight films by DreamWorks Animation, five of them feature films, three released Shrek (2001), Shrek 2 (2004), Shrek the Third (2007) and two in production, Shrek 4 (2010), Shrek 5 (2013), [1] three of them spin-offs (one released (Shrek 4-D... RuneScape is a Java-based MMORPG operated by Jagex Ltd. ... This article is about the musician. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Shadow Warrior is a first-person shooter computer game featuring Lo Wang, a master ninja assassin or Shadow Warrior, developed by 3D Realms and released on May 13, 1997 by GT Interactive. ... SimCity 2000 (SC2K) is a simulation/city building computer game and the second installment in the SimCity series. ... SimCity 2000 (SC2K) is a simulation/city building computer game and the second installment in the SimCity series. ... Binomial name Lama glama (Linnaeus, 1758) The Llama (Lama glama) is a large camelid native to South America. ... This article or section may be confusing or unclear for some readers, and should be edited to rectify this. ...

Sequel

According to the autobiography The Pythons, Eric Idle had proposed the idea of a Holy Grail sequel in 1990. According to Idle, the movie would be about an attempt to bring the knights together for one last crusade, as a sort of self-referential statement about the Python group. The team, however, did not want to do it, which made Idle realize that "[the group] would never, ever work together again," especially since Graham Chapman had died the year before. Eric Idle (born March 29, 1943) is an English comedian, actor, author and composer of comedic songs. ... Dr. Graham Arthur Chapman (January 8, 1941 – October 4, 1989) was an English comedian, actor, writer, physician and one of the six members of the Monty Python comedy troupe. ...


References and notes

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External links

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Creators / Actors

Graham ChapmanJohn CleeseTerry GilliamEric IdleTerry JonesMichael Palin Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Wikiquote is one of a family of wiki-based projects run by the Wikimedia Foundation, running on MediaWiki software. ... For the in-memory database management system, see In-memory database. ... Dr. Graham Arthur Chapman (January 8, 1941 – October 4, 1989) was an English comedian, actor, writer, physician and one of the six members of the Monty Python comedy troupe. ... Cleese redirects here. ... Terrence Vance Gilliam (born November 22, 1940) is an American-born British filmmaker, animator, and member of the Monty Python comedy troupe. ... Eric Idle (born March 29, 1943) is an English comedian, actor, author and composer of comedic songs. ... Terence Graham Parry Jones (born in Colwyn Bay, Wales, on February 1, 1942) is a British comedian, screenwriter and actor, film director, childrens author, popular historian, political commentator and TV documentary host. ... Michael Edward Palin, CBE (born 5 May 1943) is an English comedian, actor, writer and television presenter best known for being one of the members of the comedy group Monty Python and for his travel documentaries. ...

Other Actors

Carol ClevelandConnie BoothNeil InnesJohn Young Carols first Python appearance. ... Constance Booth (Born: December 2, 1944) is an American writer and actress best known for her appearances on British television, and particularly for her work with her former husband John Cleese. ... Neil James Innes (born 9 December 1944, in Danbury, Essex) is an English writer and performer of comic songs, best known for his collaborative work with Monty Python, and for playing in the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band and later The Rutles. ... John Young (16 June 1916–30 October 1996) was a Scottish actor. ...

Characters

King ArthurSir LancelotSir GalahadSir BedevereSir RobinKnights who say NiTim the EnchanterBlack KnightRabbit of CaerbannogBlack Beast of AaaaarrrrrrggghhhPatsy The Arthurian legend is one of the most popular literary subjects of all time, and has been adapted numerous times in every form of media. ... For other uses, see Lancelot (disambiguation) and Sir Lancelot (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Galahad (disambiguation). ... How Sir Bedivere Cast the Sword Excalibur into the Water. ... Sir Robin the Not-quite-so-brave-as-Sir-Lancelot (also known as Sir Robin the Chicken-hearted) is a comic fictional character played by Eric Idle in the film Monty Python and the Holy Grail, and by David Hyde Pierce in the Broadway musical Spamalot. ... The Knights Who Say Ni! are a band of knights from the comedy film Monty Python and the Holy Grail, feared for the manner in which they utter the word ni (IPA: , like knee but clipped short). ... There are some who call me. ... The Black Knight, played by John Cleese The Black Knight is a fictional character in the film Monty Python and the Holy Grail. ... The Killer Rabbit of Caerbannog is a fictional beast from the movie Monty Python and the Holy Grail. ... The Legendary Black Beast of Aaaaarrrrrrggghhh The legendary Black Beast of Aaaaarrrrrrggghhh [King Arthurs pronunciation: ] is a famous creature from the movie Monty Python and the Holy Grail. ... For the slang word, see Patsy. ...

Locations

Castle StalkerCave of CaerbannogDoune CastleGorge of Eternal Peril Castle Stalker is a four story tower house or keep picturesquely set on a small islet on Loch Laich, an inlet off Loch Linnhe. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Rabbit of Caerbannog. ... Doune Castle sited above the River Teith. ... The Gorge of Eternal Peril was featured in Monty Python and the Holy Grail, past which King Arthur and his knights would supposedly reach the Holy Grail. ...

Miscellaneous

Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch • SpamalotKnights of the Round Table This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Monty Pythons Spamalot is a comedic musical lovingly ripped off from the film Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975). ... Knights of the Round Table is a song from the film Monty Python and the Holy Grail. ...


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