Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Monty Python and the Holy Grail
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Directed by
Produced by
Written byMonty Python
Music by
CinematographyTerry Bedford
Edited byJohn Hackney
Distributed byEMI Films
Release date
  • April 3, 1975 (1975-04-03) (United Kingdom)
  • April 27, 1975 (1975-04-27) (United States)
Running time
92 minutes[1]
CountryUnited Kingdom
Box office$5 million[2]

Monty Python and the Holy Grail is a 1975 British comedy film reflecting the Arthurian legend, written and performed by the Monty Python comedy group (Chapman, Cleese, Gilliam, Idle, Jones and Palin), directed by Gilliam and Jones. It was conceived during the hiatus between the third and fourth series of their BBC television series Monty Python's Flying Circus.

While the group's first film, And Now for Something Completely Different, was a compilation of sketches from the first two television series, Holy Grail is a new story that parodies 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.

Monty Python and the Holy Grail grossed more than any other British film exhibited in the US in 1975. In the US, it was selected as the second-best comedy of all time in the ABC special Best in Film: The Greatest Movies of Our Time. In the UK, readers of Total Film magazine in 2000 ranked it the fifth-greatest comedy film of all time;[3] a similar poll of Channel 4 viewers in 2006 placed it sixth.[4]

  1. ^ "Monty Python and the Holy Grail (12A)". British Board of Film Classification. 28 August 2015. Retrieved 24 September 2016.
  2. ^ a b Monty Python and the Holy Grail – Box Office Data, DVD Sales, Movie News, Cast Information. The Numbers. Retrieved 3 August 2014.
  3. ^ "Life of Brian tops comedy poll". BBC News. Retrieved 18 January 2014
  4. ^ "50 Greatest Comedy Films". London: Channel 4. 2006. Archived from the original on 15 April 2006. Retrieved 25 August 2019.