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Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Monty Python and the Holy GrailStill of John Cleese, Eric Idle and Michael Palin in Monty Python and the Holy GrailStill of John Cleese, Graham Chapman, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin in Monty Python and the Holy GrailStill of Graham Chapman, Terry Jones and Michael Palin in Monty Python and the Holy Grail


King Arthur and his knights embark on a low-budget search for the Grail, encountering many very silly obstacles.

Release Year: 1974

Rating: 8.4/10 (197,906 voted)

Critic's Score: 90/100

Terry Gilliam

Stars: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle

The movie starts out with Arthur, King of the Britons, looking for knights to sit with him at Camelot. He finds many knights including Sir Galahad the pure, Sir Lancelot the brave, the quiet Sir Bedevere, and Sir Robin the Not-Quite-So-Brave-as-Sir Lancelot. They do not travel on horses, but pretend they do and have their servants bang coconuts to make the sound of horse's hooves. Through satire of certain events in history (witch trials, the black plague) they find Camelot, but after literally a quick song and dance they decide that they do not want to go there. While walking away, God (who seems to be grumpy) come to them from a cloud and tells them to find the Holy Grail. They agree and begin their search. While they search for the Grail, scenes of the knight's tales appear and why they have the name they have. Throughout their search they meet interesting people and knights along the way…

Writers: Graham Chapman, John Cleese


Graham Chapman

King Arthur
Voice of God
Middle Head
Hiccoughing Guard

John Cleese

Second Swallow-Savvy Guard
The Black Knight
Peasant 3
Sir Lancelot the Brave
Taunting French Guard
Tim the Enchanter

Eric Idle

Dead Collector
Peasant 1
Sir Robin the Not-Quite-So-Brave-as-Sir Launcelot
First Swamp Castle Guard
Roger the Shrubber
Brother Maynard

Terry Gilliam

Green Knight
Old Man from Scene 24 (Bridgekeeper)
Sir Bors
Gorrilla Hand

Terry Jones

Dennis's Mother
Sir Bedevere
Left Head
Prince Herbert
Cartoon Scribe


Michael Palin

First Swallow-Savvy Guard
Peasant 2
Right Head
Sir Galahad the Pure
King of Swamp Castle
Brother Maynard's Brother
Leader of The Knights Who Say NI!

Connie Booth

The Witch

Carol Cleveland


Neil Innes

First Monk
Singing Minstrel
Page Crushed by the Rabbit
Peasant #4

Bee Duffell

Old Crone

John Young

Dead Body
Historian Frank

Rita Davies

Historian's Wife

Avril Stewart

Dr. Piglet

Sally Kinghorn

Dr. Winston

Mark Zycon


And now! At Last! Another film completely different from some of the other films which aren't quite the same as this one is.

Release Date: 10 May 1974

Filming Locations: Appin, Argyll and Bute, Scotland, UK

Box Office Details

Budget: £229,575


Opening Weekend: $45,487
(17 June 2001)
(4 Screens)

Gross: $1,821,082
(21 December 2003)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?


The major characters all have appropriate artwork on their shields and armor. The cowardly Sir Robin has a chicken for his emblem. Bedevere, a man of science and nature, has a tree. Lancelot, an overzealous knight that often kills without thought, has a vicious dragon emblem. And King Arthur, who receives a vision from God in the sky/sun for his quest, has a symbol depicting the sun.


The position of Arthur's right arm while Robin answers the Bridgekeeper's questions.


[first lines]

King Arthur:
Whoa, there!

User Review

The reason Robin Williams isn't in a nut house.

Rating: 10/10

This is perhaps one of the greatest, funniest parodies in the history
of film. I think the greatest definition of irony is that to be
believably stupid on screen, you have to be very intelligent. This is a
rare occasion where something can be so stupid that it's funny, with
the addition of feeling you got your money's worth at the end. Examples
of failures would be anchorman, austin powers, scary movie etc. The
gore and clichés of three headed, and goofy "NI!" yelling knights are
what give this movie discreet beauty.

Did I mention that the acting is also very good for a movie of this
sort. All of the main characters, as they do in the series, take on
numerous characters, all of whom are well established and each have
their quirks about them. This was a well written, well thought out, and
perfectly directed, low budget comedy. The funniest of any monty python
film, and amongst the top comedies of all time. I laughed from
beginning to end and bruised one of my lungs. I highly recommend this
film to anyone. This is living proof that all you need is a good script
and good actors.