Monty Python and the Holy Grail (Widescreen) (1975)

  • Web Code: M1876717
  • Release Date: 10-23-2001
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This classic Monty Python comedy, directed by Pythons Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones, is a hilarious send-up of the grim circumstances of the Middle Ages as told through the story of King Arthur and framed by a modern-day murder investigation. When the mythical king of the Britons leads his knights on a quest for the Holy Grail, they face a wide array of horrors, including a persistent Black Knight, a three-headed giant, a cadre of shrubbery-challenged knights, the perilous Castle Anthrax, a killer rabbit, a house of virgins, and a handful of rude Frenchmen.

In addition to the set pieces, the film also includes the same kind of surreal animation that Gilliam contributed to the television series. Throughout the irreverent adventures, the Python crew eschews realism in favor of anachronistic social satire, a recipe it later returned to in the 1979 biblical farce MONTY PYTHON'S LIFE OF BRIAN. Melding the ridiculous with the sublime, the film quickly inspired a cult following, generated a host of quotes, and even inspired a computer game 20 years after its release. The numerous songs and hysterical vignettes are sidesplittingly unforgettable.
King Arthur and his knights venture into medieval England in search of the elusive Holy Grail in this riotous parody that takes on the Arthurian legend, chivalry, movie epics, and bunny rabbits. Terry Gilliam's irreverent comedy, featuring the Monty Python troupe in many memorable roles, is very simply one of the funniest films ever made. Graham Chapman, Michael Palin, Terry Jones, John Cleese, Eric Idle, and Gilliam successfully transfer their television success to the big screen, laying the groundwork for a series of hysterical farces that would follow.
Theatrical Release Date 1975
Format DVD
Number of Discs 2

  • Release Info
  • Collector Edition
  • Director Cut
  • Number Of Discs
  • Genre
  • Distributor
    Sony Pictures Home
  • Area
    United Kingdom
  • Video
  • Runtime (minutes)
  • Picture
  • Audio
  • Language
  • Dubbed
    French, Japanese
  • Subtitles
    Chinese, English, French, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, Thai
  • Closed Caption
  • Release Note
  • Notes:
    DVD Features:

    2-Disc Set
    Region 1
    Keep Case
    Special Edition
    Letterbox - 1.85
    Widescreen - 1.85
    Dolby Digital 5.1- English
    Dolby Digital Mono- English
    Disc 1:
    Additional Release Material:
    "Follow the Killer Rabbit" Feature
    Audio Commentary: Terry Gilliam- Director, Screenwriter, Star, Terry Jones, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Michael Palin- Screenwriters, Stars
    Version for the Hard Of Hearing
    Interactive Features:
    Interactive Menus
    Scene Selection
    Text/Photo Galleries:
    On-Screen Screenplay
    Subtitles for People Who Don't Like the Film
    Disc 2:
    Additional Release Material:
    Three Sing-Alongs
    2. HOW TO USE YOUR COCONUTS- Educational Film
    4. MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL in Japanese w/ English Subtitles
    Interactive Features:
    Interactive Menus
    Scene Selection
    Interactive Cast Directory
    Text/Photo Galleries:
    Behind-the-Scenes Photos
    Terry Gilliam's Original Sketches and Posters
    DVD-ROM Features:
    Theatrical release: March 1975 (L.A.)

    Filmed on location in Scotland.

    MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL was the British comedy troupe's second feature and their first film with a somewhat more traditional plot. Their previous effort, AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT, was a collection of sketches from the BBC television series MONTY PYTHON'S FLYING CIRCUS.

    In the opening credits, "Ralph the Wonder Llama" is credited as one of the executive producers; various other llamas are credited with assisting the producers and directors.

    Novelist Douglas Adams contributed to the film's soundtrack album.

    Connie Booth and John Cleese were once husband and wife.

    Terry Gilliam's wife, Maggie Weston, is uncredited as the page turner; only her hand is seen.

    Terry Gilliam did all the animation for the film.

    Production designer Roy Smith, also known as Roy Forge Smith, played several small parts in the film.

    Neil Innes, who wrote the songs for the film, also appears in several bit parts.
    "It's just a flesh wound."--The Black Knight (John Cleese) to King Arthur (Graham Chapman), after Arthur has cut off his arms

    "I don't wanna talk to you no more, you empty-headed animal food trough wiper! I fart in your general direction! Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries!"--French Guard (John Cleese) to Arthur

    "Sir Launcelot had saved Sir Galahad from almost certain temptation."--Narrator (Michael Palin), upon Sir Galahad (Michael Palin) having been "rescued" from the castle of virgins

    "We are the Knights Who Say...'Ni'!" --Head Knight (Michael Palin) to Arthur

    "One day, lad, all this will be yours!"--Father (Michael Palin)
    "What, the curtains?"--Prince Herbert (Terry Jones)

    "We are longer the Knights Who Say 'Ni.'"--Head Knight
    "Ni! Shh!"--Knights of Ni
    "Shh! We are now the Knights Who Say 'Ecky-ecky-ecky-ecky-pikang-zoop-boing-goodem-zoo-owli-zhiv.'"--Head Knight

    "Look, that rabbit's got a vicious streak a mile wide! It's a killer!"--Tim the Enchanter (John Cleese)

    "And the Lord spake, saying, 'First shalt thou take out the Holy Pin. Then, shalt thou count to three. No more. No less. Three shalt be the number thou shalt count, and the number of the counting shall be three. Four shalt thou not count, nor either count thou two, excepting that thou then proceed to three. Five is right out. Once the number three, being the third number, be reached, then, lobbest thou thy Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch towards thy foe, who, being naughty in My sight, shall snuff it.'"--Second Brother (Michael Palin)
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  • Rating
    PG (MPAA)
  • Format
  • Unedited Version

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