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MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL (1975)- PG

A classical satiric comedy featuring King Arthur's outrageous quest for the Holy Grail. As he and his infamous Knights of the Round Table set out in search of the legendary land of Camelot, they travel via the sound of coconut's clacking (to emulate the sound of horse's hooves of course!). After a brief comic interlude, the men decide not to stay at Camelot. Instead, upon the arrival of God's message to go in search of the Holy Grail, the men set out on a crazy, comical quest for one of history's most coveted treasures. Along the way, their adventures run them into killer rabbits, the infamouse "Bridge of Death," amd, of course... the French!

Written and performed by: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin.

Directed by Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones.

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Knights of Camelot: [singing] "We're knights of the Round Table, we dance whene'er we're able. We do routines and chorus scenes with footwork impeccable, We dine well here in Camelot, we eat ham and jam and Spam a lot."

Synopsis: This hilarious story tells the tale of King Arthur and his knights who on various levels of bravery and fortitude, go out on a holy quest, to seek the Holy Grail, during the middle ages.

Monty Python is a beloved, zany comedy troop, best known for their hilarious hit comedy series, Monty Python's Flying Circus, which aired on the BBC in the late1960's & 1970's, and gained a whole new following of fans when the show was imported to the United States.

In this film, Monty Python members have a blast, poking good fun, in their zany style, at the British King Arthur legends. The cast of Monty Python have their comedic timing and acting down to a fine science, as most of them have been working together for years, and are really good at their craft, which is making people laugh. Their comedic talent is showcased as they face curious threats, great odds and "silly sots," in their determined quest to find the Holy Grail.

The terrific script, written by Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Michael Pain & Eric Idle, and its insightful, gifted direction by Gilliam & Jones, successfully leads our heroes to combat such foes as the "Fierce Killer Rabbit," and the Dreaded Knights Who Say "Ni!", who challenge the whole group, while individual knights face their own foes, such as Sir Robin and the 3-headed monster-knight.

Sir Robin (Eric Idle), it seems, isn't as brave as Sir Lancelot, as he likes to stay away from trouble, pain, torture and too much adventure. He has his own minstrel who is supposed to sing about his brave antics, but also sings in a truthful way that is hilarious. One of my favorite scenes is when Sir Robin runs into a 3 headed monster Knight (Michael Pain, Graham Chapman & Terry Jones). While the monster 's heads argued with each other about whether to kill him or have tea first, Sir Robin makes a hasty retreat. His minstrel sings: " Brave Sir Robin ran away, bravely ran away away. When danger reared his ugly head, he bravely turned his tail and fled. Yes, brave Sir Robin turned about, he turned his tail, he chickened out. Bravely taking to his feet, he beat a very brave retreat. A brave retreat by Sir Robin."

Other favorite scenes include: the "Fierce Killer Rabbit and the Holy Hand Grenade scenes, the bridge scene with the creepy Soothsayer / bridgekeepr (Terry Gilliam), the French Castle scene with the flying cow, and the sequences pertaining to the dreaded Knights Who Say "Ni!"

The use of animation, made famous on their TV show, really adds to the silly comedic style of the film, and works well with the live-action sequences. Also, be sure to pay attention to the credits, which are hilariously creative. John Horton and Julian Doyle are the gifted, responsible parties.

The original musical score was by De Wolfe, and the songs were by the zany Neil Innes, who also was Sir Robin's minstrel. He liked to have bit parts in Monty Python movies, and their T.V. series, as well as composing the songs for the group. ""Ladies and gentlemen, I've suffered for my music ... now it's your turn."

Most people will enjoy and appreciate this unique, humorous work of art, that is a comedic classic, long to be remembered.

If you enjoyed MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL you may like LIFE OF BRIAN, TIME BANDITS, JABBERWOCKY, AUSTIN POWERS, THE INTERNATIONAL MAN OF MYSTERY, and ACE VENTURA, PET DETECTIVE.

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