in about 100 words or less
UK 87m, Colour
Directors: Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones; Cast: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin
Monty Python and the Holy Grail is arguably the most memorable, and certainly the most quoted of all of the Python films. Comprised of original material, the film is largely a series of comedic and musical sketches tied together by a loose and wonderfully silly narrative structure. As a parody of Arthurian legend, the absurdist comedy of the Holy Grail has become part of popular culture and language through numerous references in film and television, and more recently spawning Spamalot – a musical adaptation of the film. Most importantly perhaps, the film also launched Terry Gilliam’s career as one of the most creative film directors of the last 30 years (Klaus Ming December 2010).