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Monday, March 11, 2013

Monty Python's and the Holy Grail

IDK if I already did a post on this; I just think it's a funny movie!!
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
-Arthur, King of the Britons, is looking for a group of knights to join his round table. He comes across various knights, such as Sir Galahad the Pure, Sir Lancelot the Brave, the quiet Sir Bedevere, and Sir Robin-The-Not-Quite-As-Brave-As-Lancelot. Instead of horses travelling, they bang coconuts together to make it sound like horseshoes. When they find Camelot, they decide not to go there. God comes to them to tell them to find the Holy Grail, they agree and begin their quest.

-Throughout the movie, animated images tell why the knights have the name they have. Some of the characters die, some by the killer rabbit, some by not answering the question right at the Bridge of Death, or some other odd way

-Graham Chapman: King Arthur/Voice of God/Middle Head/ Hicoughing Guard
-John Cleese: Second Swallow-Savvy Guard/The Black Knight/Peasant 3/Sir Lancelot the Brave/Taunting French Guard/Tim the Enchanter
-Eric Idle: Dead Collector/Peasant 1/Sir Robin The Not Quite So Brave as Sir Lancelot/First Swamo Castle Guard/Concorde/Roger the Shrubber/Brother Maynard
-Terry Gilliam: Patsy/Green Knight/Bridgekeeper
-Terry Jones: Dennis' Mother/Sir Bedevere/Left Head/Prince Herbert/Cartoon Scribe
-Michael Palin: First Swallow Savvy Guard/Dennis/Peasant 2/Right Head/Sir Galahad the Pure/King of Swamp Castle/Brother Maynard's Brother/Leader of the Knights Who Say NI!
-Connie Booth: The Witch
-Carol Cleveland: Zoot/Dingo
-Neil Innes: First Monk/Singing Minstrel
-John Young: Historian
-Rita Davies: Historian's Wife

Did You Know?
-The photo of "God" is actually a photo of 19th century English cricket player W.G. Grace
-Scenes such as Arthur approaching the first castle and Lancelot's dash to Swamp Castle were filmed on Hampstead Heath, a park in London beside one of the busiest road junctions
-The first day of shooting was filled with problems. The camera wouldn't work, and Graham Chapman froze while trying to cross the bridge. He was suffering from delirium tremens (a side effect of alcoholism)
-Michael Palin, by far, plays the most characters: 12
-Unusual for a Monty Python film, the female roles, apart from Dennis' mother, who was played by Terry Jones, most of the female parts on the show were played by men
-The funding for the Holy Grail came from money made by Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon album. The band members were such big fans of the show they would halt recording sessions just to watch Monty Python's Flying Circus
-Graham Chapman was the only one who wore real chain mail armor. It weighed 25 pounds while the rest of the cast wore wool, painted to look like metal

-During the scene where the villagers are trying to decide how to determine if the woman is a witch, Eric Idle is seen biting down on a scythe. This is because he was about to burst out laughing, and you can see him visibly shaking to keep control. This was not in the script

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for recommending this! I watched it last week and thought it was hilarious! :D