10 Movies in 10 Days / Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)


Monty Python and the Holy Grail is a film that is near and dear to my heart. Since the first time I saw it as a kid, the film has positioned itself in an almost revered status in my collection. Speaking of collections, I think I own more copies of this film than any other, except maybe Halloween. I own it on VHS, DVD, and Blu-Ray in original runs or various anniversary editions. To establish how important this film is for me and how ingrained it is into the person that I am, I use it has a way to vet friendships. If you don't like Python, then you and I are probably not on the same wavelength. 

Instead of doing my normal review I've decided to use quotes from the film instead. If I were doing a traditional review I'd end up spending a all day talking about all of my favorite scenes. This is a much safer approach for me before I get too deep!


And Saint Attila raised the hand grenade up on high, saying, “O Lord, bless this Thy hand grenade that, with it, Thou mayest blow Thine enemies to tiny bits in Thy mercy.”

And the Lord did grin, and the people did feast upon the lambs and sloths and carp and anchovies and orangutans and breakfast cereals and fruit bats and large chu—

Brother Maynard - Skip a bit, Brother

And the Lord spake, saying, “First shalt thou take out the Holy Pin. Then, shalt thou count to three. No more. No less. Three shalt be the number thou shalt count, and the number of the counting shall be three. Four shalt thou not count, nor either count thou two, excepting that thou then proceed to three. Five is right out. Once the number three, being the third number, be reached, then, lobbest thou thy Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch towards thy foe, who, being naughty in My sight, shall snuff it.”
— Armaments, Chapter Two, Verses Nine to Twenty-One
Well, that’s no ordinary rabbit!

That’s the most foul, cruel, and bad-tempered rodent you ever set eyes on!

Look, that rabbit’s got a vicious streak a mile wide! It’s a killer!

He’s got huge, sharp— eh— he can leap about— look at the bones!
— Tim the Enchanter at the Cave of Caerbannog
It’s just a scratch. I’ve had worse.

Oh, I see. Running away, eh? You yellow bastards! Come back here & take what’s coming to you! I’ll bite your legs off!
— The Black Knight (who happens to be missing both arms and legs at this point)
Listen. Strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government. Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony.
— Dennis
It’s not a question of where he grips it! It’s a simple question of weight ratios! A five ounce bird could not carry a one pound coconut.
— Soldier With a Keen Interest in Birds
I don’t want to talk to you no more, you empty headed animal food trough wiper. I fart in your general direction. Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries
— French Soldier
You must cut down the mightiest tree in the forest... WITH... A HERRING!
— Knights Who Say Ni
Look, if we were to build a large wooden badger...
— Sir Bedevere
— King Arthur, repeatedly