The first feature film by the Monty Python team is a mock heroic tale set in medieval Britain with lots of silly things going on besides.
In a series of sketches and animations, the Pythons recount scenes from the Grail legend in which the knights forsake their chorus line can-can dancing in Camelot for a higher aim. In scene after scene King Arthur’s men are led a merry chase through the countryside, encountering life on many different social levels. This screenplay edition contains just the script and is supplemented by stills from the film.
‘It’s impossible to explain the plot, which will ensure that Camelot will never be the same again… Something in such ferociously bad taste, carried through with such blatant indelicacy, made me, I confess, quite upset – with laughter…It should be on the National Health.’ Sunday Telegraph
‘Monty Python And The Holy Grail is a marvellously particular kind of lunatic endeavour…it manages to send up the legend of the Grail, courtly love, fidelity, bravery, costume movies, movie violence and ornithology.’ New York Times
‘Watch out for the knights that say NI, the anarcho-syndicalist peasants, the killer rabbits and Gilliam’s graphics.’ Time Out
‘Sheer comic brilliance…leave your sense of reason at home, wave a white flag and surrender to the inspired idiocy of the Monty Python Team.’ Daily Express