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Monty Python and the Holy Grail
From its opening multi-language titles (that sure looks like Swedish) to the closing arrest of the entire Dark Ages cast by modern-day bobbies, Monty Python and the Holy Grail helped to define "irreverence" and became an instant cult classic. This time the Pythonites savage the legend of King Arthur, juxtaposing some excellently selected exterior locations with an unending stream of anachronistic one-liners, non sequiturs, and slapstick set pieces. The Knights of the Round Table set off in search of the Holy Grail on foot, as their lackeys make clippety-clop sounds with coconut… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 97%

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"Here is Monty Python and the Holy Grail, which is neither as sparkling as it is said to be nor as bad as it seems to be at the start. But it's pretty good."
‑ Stanley Kauffmann, The New Republic
"Monty Python's Flying Circus, the British comedy group which gained fame via BBC-TV, send-up Arthurian legend, performed in whimsical fashion with Graham Chapman an effective straight man as King Arthur."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Watching it, it's hard to believe that these guys were actually meandering across heaths and trudging across rope bridges, with electricians and caterers not far away. It seems more as if this souvenir of the Absurd Ages has... existed for a millennium."
‑ Gregory Weinkauf, New Times
"Monty Python and the Holy Grail may be 26 years old, but even in the fast-moving world of pop culture, it's no relic. It's still the Holy Grail of crazy comedy."
‑ Michael Sragow, Baltimore Sun
"A comedy classic that only misses out on the Python canon's top spot because the talented swines also made Life Of Brian."
‑ Richard Luck, Film4
"Grail is as funny as a movie can get, but it is also a tough-minded picture -- as outraged about the human propensity for violence as it is outrageous in its attack on that propensity."
‑ Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine
"Python's delightful and, on the whole, consistent reductio ad absurdum of the Grail legend."
‑ Chris Petit, Time Out
"The Python team's surreal take on the legend of Camelot bursts with inspired lunacy."
‑ Jamie Graham, Total Film
"There's a semblance of a plot, but this is really just an excuse for the boys to engage in their unique brand of humor, which includes mimicry, dress-up, dry wit, slapstick and glorious non sequitors."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"There's something about feature films that brings out the best in the Pythons. The occasional indulgence of the TV series is replaced by a more focused approach which wrings every conceivable joke out of a given subject."
‑ Rob Fraser, Empire Magazine
"Silly, sophomoric, and slapped together -- but would you want it any other way?"
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"A marvelously particular kind of lunatic endeavor."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"This remains a wonderfully inventive comedy that brilliantly debunks the Dark Ages and legends of chivalry."
‑ David Parkinson, Radio Times
"If you like this film, the sad truth is that it's yet another visual upgrade, and it does contain what Gilliam called "the only reason for buying the Blu-ray"-those lost animations."
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
"A zany, hysterically funny, and sometimes brilliant if sometimes sophomoric send-up of every medieval movie ever made."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
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