stuck on Monty Python, so I figured I would discuss my favorite Python film today - "Monty Python and the Holy Grail." My love for this film can be attributed to one person, my big brother. I remember as a kid listening to my brother Stephen saying "We are the knights that say Ni" and getting such a kick out of it. "Holy Grail" is one of those movies that brought my brother and me close together. Not that we were ever really bickering siblings (except maybe when I was really little and annoying), but watching this movie with him was always so much fun. (Hey, Stephen, we should do it again sometime soon!)
Released in 1975, "Holy Grail" was the second film from the Python boys - Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin - but the first of their films to consist of original material. ("And Now for Something Completely Different" was a compellation of some of their sketches from their BBC show "Monty Python's Flying Circus.") Written during the break between the third and fourth seasons of their show, it pokes fun at the Middle Ages and the stories of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table. All six played the 40-odd major roles in the film, with Chapman mainly playing Arthur. (Palin actually had the most roles of all - 12 characters.)
Life of Brian" more. He remarked on that because he feels "Holy Grail" is the less mature of the two. Well then, I'm proud to be a less mature American. And if you're in for some good, fun belly laughs this week too, check out "Monty Python and the Holy Grail."
(Post-tidbit: There were several scripted scenes that were never shot for the film, such as more Knights who say Nii and detective scenes. One bit left out - Arthur and his knights finally finding the grail in Harrod's, a huge department store in London.)