Directed by Terry Gilliam. US. 1974. PG. 91 min. Rainbow Releasing. 35mm.
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Consistently listed by critics and fans as one of the greatest film comedies of all times, Monty Python and the Holy Grail is a very silly retelling of the epic story of King Arthurís search for the Holy Grail. Along the way, King Arthur and his Knights come upon the Black Knight, the Knights That Say Ni, the Castle Anthrax, the killer rabbit, the bridge of Death, and more. This was Monty Pythonís (Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin) first foray into feature-length comedy. Gilliam and Jones directed the film, all six members contributed to the script, and each member plays multiple roles. An incredibly inspired exercise in lampoonery and a satire on every movie ever made about the Middle Ages. If you havenít seen it, be prepared to laugh your armor off. And if you have seen it, you know how hilarious it is, so come see it again. (Bill Roth)