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Comedy - Family

Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)

Duration 1h 31m Rating (UK) 15
Source of story The Arthurian Legend, principally relating to the knights of the Round Table (sort of).
Writers/Script Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, Michael Palin
Additional Info One of the best known tropes in this outing is that the knights pretend to be on horseback while their squires bang coconuts together to simulate hoofs on stone. They said they could not afford horses! I’m still laughing at the discussion about where the cocoanuts came from.
Director Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones
Starring Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, Michael Palin, Connie Booth, Carol Cleveland, Neil Innes
Elevator Pitch In order to populate his order of chivalry, the knights of the round table, King Arthur with his squire visits a number of castles and over time, despite being insulted by the French, collects a small band of followers. But before they can return to Camelot they are instructed to go on a quest for the Holy Grail, and so the knights with their squires go off in different directions in order to find the grail overcoming a variety of problems on the way.
Content The well known tale is used as a vehicle for a number of entertaining sketches, subverting the traditional approach to King Arthur’s quest. Peasants discuss the validity of having a king, the collector of bodies during the plague refuses to take people who are still alive, a knight is tempted when he finds himself in a castle populated solely by young women, but is disappointed to be rescued and another receives a note begging him to prevent an unwanted marriage from taking place only to find that the sender is a man.
A View What can you say? Still a riot from beginning to end, and rereleased in 2015. Voted the fifth or sixth funniest comedy ever at various times by various organisations over the years, all of whom voted Life of Brian the number one. I have never been a fan of the Monty Python graphics but fortunately not overdone in this film. Really good stuff, so watch it if you enjoy comedy.

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