Monday, 8 April 2013

Monty Python and the Holy Grail Review











Monty Python and the Holy Grail


Release Date: 14th August 1974 – Australia


Production Companies
Michael White Productions
National Film Trustee Company
Python (Monty) Pictures
Twickenham Film Studios (Technical Completion)

Distribution
Sony Pictures Australia


Genre: Comedy

Rating: M

Runtime: 91 minutes


Budget: £229,575

Box Office Gross: $127,878,662
(Worldwide)


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


Cast
Graham Chapman – King 
Arthur/Various
John Cleese – Sir Lancelot/
Various
Terry Gilliam – Patsy/Various
Eric Idle – Sir Robin/Various
Terry Jones – Sir Bedevere/
Various
Michael Palin – Sir Galahad/
Various
Neil Innes – Sir Robin's 
Minstrel/Various Artists
Connie Booth – The Witch
Carol Cleveland – Zoot/Dinbo

Crew
Writer/Director/Animator 
(Uncredited) – Terry Gilliam
Writer/Director – Terry Jones
Writers – Graham Chapman, 
John Cleese, Eric Idle & 
Michael Palin
Producers – Mark Forstater & 
Michael White
Lighting Cameraman – Terry Bedford
Special Effects  John Horton
Film Editor – John Hackney
Music/Songs  Neil Innes


Review
Many years ago when I didn't have any knowledge of the show MONTY PYTHON AND THE FLYING CIRCUS, I began watching THE HOLY GRAIL shortly before it was released on DVD and used to find it rather disappointing because of the finale. As I grew older, my opinion changed and I found that the ending was funny, I just re-watched and thought that was a simply natural and best pure comedy of the group's films. The main cast like Python favourites Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle and Terry Jones are still excellent and plenty of bits and moments that are amusing such as the Knights of the Round Table musical number and my favourite that you don't want to let your kids watch is the vicious and gory Killer Rabbit scene. 

MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL is perhaps a movie with hilarity that is so well-loved as a classic and cheerful in cheer but trust me, it’s superb and best for the Python fan-base and you might even like watching this old flick.

Star rating: (5/5) Best Movie Ever


2 comments:

  1. Interesting fact is that the movie ended that way because their budget ran out and they used coconuts to make horse sounds because they could not afford horses. Great review, I agree it is a hilarious classic!

    -James

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    1. Marvelous comment, now I appreciate that from someone who does understand the pure essence of laughter.

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