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Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)

UK 87m, Colour
Directors: Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones; Cast:  Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin

HolyGrailMonty 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).

3 comments on “Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)

  1. Joachim Boaz

    Excellent film! I watched it when I was kid and have loved it since (and since I ended up a Medieval historian/academic by trade, I consider this film extra important — although the correlation isn’t direct)

    • Klaus

      As a huge fan of the television show I desperately wanted to see this film in theaters when it came out. Unfortunately it was Rated “R”, and I didn’t get to see it until it came on television a few years later – on Channel 79 (UHF) out of Toronto – which did show it uncut. It was certainly worth the wait!

      It was also one of the first VHS rentals I made – that is, once our family purchased a top load Panasonic VCR with a remote control that was tethered to the player by a wire.

  2. Joachim Boaz

    I loved the show as well….

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