- Runtime: 89 minutes
- NTSC (Canada and USA)
- Originally in English
- Released in English
King Arthur and his knights venture into medieval England in search of the elusive Holy Grail in this dark parody, which takes on the Arthurian legend, chivalry, movie epics, and bunny rabbits.
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, and a handful of rude Frenchmen. Throughout their adventures, the Python crew eschews realism in favor of anachronistic social satire, a recipe they later returned to in their 1979 Biblical farce, "Monty PythonÆs Life of Bryan." Melding the ridiculous with the sublime, the film quickly inspired a cult following, generated a host of quotes ("Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries!"), and even inspired a computer game 20 years after its release.
"Monty Python and the Holy Grail" was the British comedy troupe's second feature and their first film with a 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." Co-directors Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones made their film directing debuts with "Monty Python and the Holy Grail."
Video Release: February 1, 2005
Theatrical Release: 1975
Rating: PG (MPAA)
Studio: Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment