Monty Python and the Holy Grail Quotes by Graham Chapman
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Sign in. The star of " The Boys " has a great Watchlist that she can't stop re-watching. Watch now. Title: Monty Python and the Holy Grail Born on the original Christmas in the stable next door to Jesus, Brian of Nazareth spends his life being mistaken for a messiah.
The group ran out of money for an opening title sequence, and could only afford simple white text title cards over black backgrounds. Wanting to take advantage of the space without having to pay any money, Palin suggested adding the joke of increasingly absurd fake Swedish subtitles about a moose over stoic music as a way to send up the snooty foreign films they loved. It marked the first time Gilliam and Jones directed a feature film, and the pair were given directing duties simply because they were the only ones out of the group who wanted to direct after the group decided not to hire their Flying Circus and And Now for Something Completely Different director, Ian MacNaughton. The film technically takes place in A. Gilliam and Jones suggested keeping the movie in the Middle Ages because Jones was interested in the time period he would go on to write several books on the subject and Gilliam was inspired by a trilogy of movies by Italian director Pier Paolo Pasolini that took place in medieval times. The group came up with the coconut idea from an old BBC radio practice of using coconut halves as sound effects for horses.
Sign in. King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table embark on a surreal, low-budget search for the Holy Grail, encountering many, very silly obstacles. History is turned on its comic head when, in 10th century England, King Arthur travels the countryside to find knights who will join him at the Round Table in Camelot. Gathering up the men is a tale in itself but after a bit of a party at Camelot, many decide to leave only to be stopped by God who sends them on a quest: to find the Holy Grail. After a series of individual adventures, the knights are reunited but must face a wizard named Tim, killer rabbits and lessons in the use of holy hand grenades. Their quest comes to an end however when the police intervene - just what you would expect in a Monty Python movie. The movie starts out with Arthur, King of the Britons, looking for knights to sit with him at Camelot.
Any writer, comic or otherwise, can attest that beginnings are the hardest part, but Monty Python never seemed to have that problem. Television was still chintzy and cheerful when Monty Python first aired in , so to satirize it, the show had to be as dramatic as possible. The trappings of film are inherently epic, particularly in , and in scraping together the funds to make Holy Grail , Monty Python had shot for the moon, creating a spoof tale of knights and magic in Arthurian times.
In contrast to the group's first film, And Now for Something Completely Different , a compilation of sketches from the first two television series, Holy Grail draws on new material, parodying the legend of King Arthur 's quest for the Holy Grail. Thirty years later, Idle used the film as the basis for the musical Spamalot. In the UK, readers of Total Film magazine in ranked it the fifth-greatest comedy film of all time;  a similar poll of Channel 4 viewers in placed it sixth. The movie opens with the projectionist accidentally putting the wrong film in the projector before correcting his mistake. Arthur leads the men to Camelot , but upon further consideration thanks to a musical number he decides not to go there because it is "a silly place". As they turn away, God an image of W. Grace speaks to them and gives Arthur the task of finding the Holy Grail.
No film studio was prepared to invest in their project, but the Pythons managed to make the best out of the fact that England had very high taxes for the rich at that specific time. Music stars tried to find a way to salvage their earnings, so the likes of Elton John, Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin decided to invest in the picture. This, however, hardly means the crew had it easy. In the manner of John Carpenter, the undisputed king of crippling budget creativity, the Pythons not only managed to finish the film, but some of its most entertaining parts were given birth to by the evident lack of money. The inspired but shockingly simple opening sequence with Swedish subtitles, the plywood inch high model of Camelot and the legendary coconuts instead of real horses first come to mind.
In contrast to the group's first film, And Now For Something Completely Different , which was a compilation of sketches from the television series, Holy Grail was their first film composed of wholly original material. It generally spoofs the legends of King Arthur 's quest to find the Holy Grail. The film was a success on its initial run and retains a large-scale cult following today. The film was the inspiration for the Tony Award-winning musical Spamalot , written by Eric Idle. A few years ago it gained the Guinness World Record for largest audience interactive participation in one area the event was led by Michael Palin via a taped instruction and narration to the audience of when to sing along and shout to certain scenes of the film. The insulting frenchman : "Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries!