Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Release Year: 1975
Directors: Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones
Writers: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, Michael Palin
Starring: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Jones Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam, Connie Booth, Carol Cleveland
Moviegeek Sunday Classic #222, week 38 2018
King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table go on a low-budget search for the Holy Grail and encounter many very silly obstacles on their way.
The British-American comedy troupe Monty Python could easily have secured their place in comedy history with their brilliant television sketch show Monty Python’s Flying Circus (1969-74), but, luckily for us, they also made handful of classic comedy films, of which The Holy Grail is one of their most iconic. Let me start off by saying that Monty Python’ surreal black comedy with a sprinkle of satire is either not you cup of tea or a thing of brilliance. Needless to say, if you don’t find Monty Python funny, you won’t like this film. The story is not strong enough to function apart from the comedy and the production is so cheap that it mostly feels like one of their comedy sketches stretch out to feature length. However, that is also part of its undeniable charm. The story builds on the elements of the classic legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table plus Medieval satire. It’s comedic highlights include a killer rabbit the legendary scene with The Black Knight, and two of the dumbest guards possible. Parts of the films feels dated, but if you set your expectations right your in for an hour and a half of comedy from one of the most influential figures in the genre this ide of WWII. Highly recommended to fans of surreal and black comedy.
The band Pink Floyd were such great Monty Python fans that they used money earned from their famous album “The Dark Side of the Moon” helped fund the making of Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Other bands that contributed to the film’s funding were Genesis and Led Zeppelin.
The famous depicting of galloping horses by the use of coconuts, a sound effect that goes back to early radio days, came about simply because they could not afford to use real horses.
All members of Monty Python plays a large number of characters, but Michael Palin has the most roles with a total of 12.
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