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Monty Python and the Holy Grail

UK 1975
produced by
Mark Forstater, Michael White, John Goldstone (executive) for Python (Monty) Pictures, National Film Trustee Company
directed by Terry Jones, Terry Gilliam
starring Monty Python (= Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin), Connie Booth, Carol Cleveland, Neil Innes, Bee Duffell, John Young, Rita Davies, Avril Stewart, Sally Kinghorn, Mark Zycon, Elspeth Cameron, Mitsuko Forstater, Sandy Johnson, Sandy Rose, Romilly Squire, Joni Flynn, Alison Walker, Loraine Ward, Anna Lanski, Sally Coombe, Vivienne MacDonald, Yvonne Dick, Daphne Darling, Fiona Gordon, Gloria Graham, Judy Lams, Tracy Sneddon, Sylvia Taylor, Joyce Pollner, Mary Allen, Julian Doyle, Roy Forge Smith
written by Monty Python (= Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin), songs by Neil Innes, animation sequences by Terry Gilliam

Monty Python, King Arthur

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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England 932 AD: King Arthur (Graham Chapman) sets out to search for the Holy Grail, and since he can't afford a horse, he has his knave Patsy (Terry Gilliam) banging two coconut halves together - for sound effect. Against all odds, King Arthur eventually assembles a motley crew of knights - the Knights of the Round Table - to help him in his search, Sir Bedevere (Terry Jones), Sir Galahad the Chaste (Michael Palin), Sir Launcelot the Brave (John Cleese) and Sir Robin the Not-Quite-So-Brave-As-Sir-Laucelot (Eric Idle), and together as well as apart they have a series of adventures: They get the Trojan Horse (well actually Trojan Rabbit) trick wrong, Sir Robin runs from a three-headed knight (Graham Chapman, Terry Jones, Michael Palin), Sir Galahad is almost seduced by no less than 150 virgins and rescued at the least appropriate moment, Sir Launcelot almost rescues a virgin to find out she's a man (Terry Jones), but only after having killed half of the guests of a wedding banquet, Arthur and Sir Bedevere defeat the knights of Ni, who are obviously allergic to the word it, and all the knights together face the killer rabbit and the monster of Aaargh and have to face the Bridgekeeper (Terry Gilliam) who kills everyone who can't answer three questions.

Ultimately, our heroes - at least those who didn't die along the way - make it to the castle where they suspect the Holy Grail, but before they can attack, they are arrested by modern day police for killing a hitorian.

 

After And Now For Something Completely Different - which was basically a Best of of their TV-series Monty Python's Flying Circus -, this was Monty Python's second feature film, and it could be pretty much summed up as Monty Python's Flying Circus - The Medieval Special: By and large, the film lacks dramatic build-up or a stringent narrative structure and is more or less a long sequence of gags about the Dark Ages.

Having said that though, Monty Python and the Holy Grail is anything but bad, in fact it's hilarious, extending the Python's usual blend of outright parody, surreal sight gags and social and political satire from their TV-series to feature film length, and offering in their medieval comedy much more hindsight and intelligence than most serious medieval films.

Not to be missed !

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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