Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)

91m, 2524 metres
35mm film, Technicolor, 1.85:1
mono (original release), Dolby Digital (2001 re-release), English

A British comedy fantasy film directed by Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones.

Plot Summary

Arthur, King of the Britons, and his trusty set out to find the on a quest decreed by . Along the way they are helped or hindered by a bizarre group of characters including the Knights Who Say Ni, Roger the Shrubber, Tim the Enchanter and a terrifying killer rabbit…


Directors: Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones
Michael White Productions, National Film Trustee Company, Python (Monty) Pictures Limited
Executive Producer: John Goldstone
Producers: Mark Forstater, Michael White
Script: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, Michael Palin
Lighting Cameraman: Terry Bedford
Editor: John Hackney
Stock Music: De Wolfe; Stanley Black (The Promised Land); Kenneth Essex (Desperate Moment; Starlet in the Starlight); Paul Ferris (In the Shadows No.3); Peter Knight (Love Theme); T. Trombey [real name: Jack Trombey] (Homeward Bound); Roger Webb (Magenta)
Sound Recordist: Garth Marshall
Costume Designer: Hazel Pethig
Make-up: Pam Luke, Pearl Rashbass
Special Effects: John Horton
Production Designer: Roy Smith
Fight Director: John Waller
Locations: Arnhall Castle, Arnhall, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, UK; Bracklinn Falls, Stirling, Scotland, UK; Castle Stalker, Appin, Argyll, Scotland, UK; Doune Castle, Doune, Stirling, Scotland, UK; Glencoe, Highlands, Scotland, UK; Killin, Stirling, Scotland, UK; Loch Tay, Stirling, Scotland, UK; London, England, UK; Occombe Woods, Paignton, Devon, England, UK; Sherriff Muir, Stirling, Scotland, UK; Skye, Highlands, Scotland, UK
Studio: Twickenham Film Studios, Twickenham, London, England, UK

Graham Chapman (/voice of God/middle head/hiccoughing guard)
John Cleese (2nd 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 Launcelot/1st Swamp Castle guard/Concorde/Roger the Shrubber/Brother Maynard)
Terry Gilliam (Patsy/Green Knight/old man/Sir Bors/animator)
Terry Jones (Dennis's mother/Sir Bedevere/left head/voice of cartoon scribe/Prince Herbert)
Michael Palin (1st swallow-savvy guard/Dennis/peasant 2/right head/Sir Galahad the Pure/narrator/King of Swamp Castle/Brother Maynard's brother)
Connie Booth (the witch)
Carol Cleveland (Zoot/Dingo)
Neil Innes (1st monk/singing minstrel/page crushed by the rabbit/peasant 4)
Bee Duffell (old crone)
John Young (dead body/historian)
Rita Davies (historian's wife)
Avril Stewart (Dr Piglet)
Sally Kinghorn (Dr Winston)
Mark Zycon (prisoner)
Elspeth Cameron, Mitsuko Forstater, Sandy Rose, Joni Flynn, Alison Walker, Loraine Ward, Anna Lanski, Sally Coombe, Vivienne MacDonald, Yvonne Dick, Daphne Darling, Fiona Gordon, Gloria Graham, Judy Lams, Tracy Sneddon, Sylvia Taylor, Joyce Pollner, Mary Allen (girls in Castle Anthrax)
Sandy Johnson (Knight of Ni/villager at witch burning/musician at wedding/monk/knight in battle)
Romilly Squire (musician at wedding/villager at witch burning)

Alternative Titles

Los caballeros de la mesa cuadrada y sus locos seguidores – Spanish title
Los caballeros de la mesa cuadrada – Spanish title
Gyaloggalopp – Hungarian title
– Italian title
Monty Python a svatý grál – Czech title
Monty Python e o Cálice Sagrado – Portugese title
Monty Python em Busca do Cálice Sagrado – Brazilian title
Monty Python i swiety graal – Polish title
Monty Python og de skøre riddere – Danish title
Monty Python, sacré graal – French title
Monty Pythonin hullu maailma – Finnish title
Monty Pythons galna värld – Swedish title
Die Ritter der Kokosnuß – West German title

Extracts included in
Cinemagique (2002)
I Love the '70s (2003)
It's the Monty Python Story (1993)
Life of Python (1990)
Monty Python and the Quest for the Holy Grail (1996)
Monty Python's Flying Circus: Live at Aspen (1998)
The Pythons (1979)
The Quest for the Holy Grail Locations (2001)

See also
Monty Python's Flying Circus (1969-1974)


Entertainment Weekly no.622 (26 October 2001) p.98, – DVD review (by Ty Burr)
Le Monde no.17781 (27 March 2002) p.33 – review (Sacré Graal, noix de coco et vierges folles by Thomas Sotinel)

The 7th Python: A Twat's Tale by Mark Forstater pp.3-70 – production history
Cult Movies 2: 50 More of the Classics, The Sleepers, The Weird and the Wonderful by Danny Peary – review
Euro Gothic: Classics of Continental Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby pp.298
Horror and Science Fiction Films II by Donald C. Willis p.260-261

Diário de Notícias 16 February 1999 p.45 – review (by Eurico De Barros)
The Washington Diplomat vol.7 no.9 (September 2001) p.B16 – review (‘Holy Grail' Redux by Ky N. Nguyen)

Other Sources
BFI Southbank Guide August 2009 p.22 – illustrated listing
BFI Southbank Guide September 2019 p.16 – illustrated listing