Monty Python and the Holy Grail is a 1975 British slapstick comedy film. It was directed by Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones. It was the first film to be made by the British comedy group of the same name, not counting "And Now for Something Completely Different". The story of the film was conceived in the hiatus of the third and fourth series of Monty Python's Flying Circus.
This film is a parody of the legendary quest of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table finding the Holy Grail.
Why It Rocks
- Amazing British humor like the killer rabbit on Caerbannog and the Trojan Rabbit.
- Interesting and funny characters like Sir Bedevere the Wise, the Three-headed Giant and Sir Robin the Not-Quite-So-Brave-as-Sir-Lancelot.
- Hilarious ending, involving the protagonists getting arrested by the modern-day British police force.
- Amazing quotes such as "It's just a flesh wound."
- An excellent storyline that parodies the Arthurian legend.
It grossed more than any British film exhibited in the US in 1975. The film received a 97% "Fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with the consensus: "a cult classic as gut-bustingly hilarious as it is blithely ridiculous". In the US. Total Film magazine ranked it as the fifth greatest comedy film of all time. Their next film, Life of Brian, was ranked first.
This film was the basis for the hit musical, Spamalot, which was created nearly 30 years later in 2004.