Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Where: The Paramount
Cost: $7.00 ADULT, $5.00 YOUTH (12 AND UNDER)
1 hour, 31 minutes
Monty Python and the Holy Grail draws loosely on the Arthurian legend, as interpreted and performed by Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin of Monty Python fame. The plot – wildly ping-ponging from a defiant but armless knight to a Trojan Rabbit – concerns the search by King Arthur and his knights for the Holy Grail. “It has a story with an approximate beginning, an approximate middle and it ends, or perhaps I should say that it stops after a while. To be more specific, it’s the Python troupe’s version of the legend of King Arthur and the search for the Holy Grail, with no apologies at all to Malory though it manages to send up the legend, courtly love, fidelity, bravery, costume movies, movie violence and ornithology.” New York Times
The film was conceived during the hiatus between the third and fourth series of the group’s BBC television series Monty Python’s Flying Circus. Thirty years later, Eric Idle would use the film as the basis for the musical Spamalot.
Did You Know?
The famous depiction of galloping horses by using coconut shells (a traditional radio-show sound effect) came about from the purely practical reason that the production simply couldn’t afford real horses.
Graham Chapman, as King Arthur, was the only member of the cast to wear real chain mail armor. It weighed about 25 pounds. The rest of the cast wore knitted wool, painted to look like metal.
Premiere voted this movie as one of “The 50 Greatest Comedies Of All Time” in 2006.