History Film / MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail

22nd Aug '16 12:25:08 AM The_Glorious_SOB
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* CrosscastRole: In a rarity for Monty Python, there's only one example of crossdressing in the whole film: the very minor character of Dennis's mother, who is played by Creator/TerryJones. Even the Pythons comment on this on the DVD commentary, and surmise that, since they could afford an actual cast for the first time, they just naturally hired real women to play the women in the film. Indeed Connie Booth (Cleese's then wife) is cast as the supposed witch, while Creator/CarolCleveland is the main women in Castle Anthrax.

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* CrosscastRole: In a rarity for Monty Python, there's only one example of crossdressing in the whole film: the very minor character of Dennis's mother, who is played by Creator/TerryJones. Even the Pythons comment on this on the DVD commentary, and surmise that, since they could afford an actual cast for the first time, they just naturally hired real women to play the women in the film. Indeed Connie Booth (Cleese's then wife) is cast as the supposed witch, while Creator/CarolCleveland is the main women woman in Castle Anthrax.
30th Jul '16 10:12:36 PM WildeOscar
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** The disclaimer that no characters are based on real people is signed by Richard M. Nixon.
21st Jul '16 6:17:27 AM Josef5678
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* DynamicEntry: Sir Lancelot does this in "The Tale Of Sir Lancelot". See StormingTheCastle below.

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* %%* DynamicEntry: Sir Lancelot does this in "The Tale Of Sir Lancelot". See StormingTheCastle below.
20th Jul '16 9:44:27 AM darkpast
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* EarlyBirdCameo: Sir Bors appears much earlier than his famous death scene; he's one of the helmeted knights who help Lancelot "rescue" Galahad from Castle Anthrax. He's not named in that scene, but you can tell it's him since he has the same heraldry.
29th Jun '16 10:33:09 PM DavidDelony
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** Shrubbery.
27th Jun '16 10:18:32 AM Gamermaster
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* AbsurdlySharpBlade: King Arthur can cut through the BlackKnight's armor and limbs with ease; for the arms in particular, his sword doesn't even seem to go ''through'', and a strike on the shoulder is enough to make the limb fall off.

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* AbsurdlySharpBlade: King Arthur can cut through the BlackKnight's armor and limbs with ease; for the arms in particular, his sword doesn't even seem to go ''through'', and a strike on the shoulder is enough to make the limb fall off. Justified, as he's using {{Excalibur}}.
24th Jun '16 3:53:26 PM Josef5678
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%% * ScareChord: During the Knights Who Say Ni scene.

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%% * ScareChord: During Like everything else by Creator/MontyPython, the Knights Who Say Ni scene.scene plays this for laughs:
-->'''Knight Who Says Ni:''' We demand...a shrubbery!
--->(''Cue a very loud, screeching chord.'')



%% * SiegeEngines: Both Arthur's army at the end of the movie and the French knights.

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%% * SiegeEngines: Both SiegeEngines:
** The French knights presumably used some kind of catapult to fling the cow and giant rabbit.
** Several are seen amongst
Arthur's army at the end of the movie and movie, probably to be used against the French knights.Castle Argh.



%% * ThatWasTheLastEntry: Parodied with the inscription about the Castle of [=AAAAaaaaaargh=].

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%% * ThatWasTheLastEntry: Parodied with when the inscription about group encounters a stone wall on which a victim of a monster attack has been carving entries onto. It ends, "He who is valiant, and might of spirit, may find the Holy Grail in the Castle of [=AAAAaaaaaargh=].Arrrgh". The knights argue whether the castle is actually named Arrrgh or if the author died while writing it and wrote down his death rattle while doing so. Someone suggests he was dictating it. [[spoiler:It's the first one]].



%% * WhiteBunny: The Rabbit of Caerbannog.

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%% * WhiteBunny: The Rabbit KillerRabbit of Caerbannog.Caerbannog, which is definitely of the deceptively gentle-looking variety.
24th Jun '16 3:44:38 PM Josef5678
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%% * DopeSlap: King Arthur to Sir Bedevere and the King of Swamp Castle to Prince Herbert.

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%% * DopeSlap: King Arthur to DopeSlap:
** After
Sir Bedevere fails with the Giant Wooden Rabbit idea, he comes up with a Giant Wooden Badger idea and king Arthur slaps him on the King side of Swamp Castle to his helmet.
**
Prince Herbert.Herbert and his father are standing next to an open window talking.
--->'''Father:''' One day, lad, all this will be yours. (''gestures toward the window'')\\
'''Herbert:''' What, the curtains?\\
'''Father:''' (''hits him on the back of the head'') No, not the curtain, lad!



%%* GenericistGovernment

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%%* GenericistGovernment* GenericistGovernment: Rather deliberately subverted, where KingArthur claims to be a king, and the peasant blithely demands to know what kind of government he offers, and how it is an improvement over the anarcho-syndicalist model already practiced by the local peasantry (which he insists on describing in detail). The conversation ends with the peasant complaining about "being oppressed" when KingArthur attempts to shut him up in annoyance.



%%* HandSignals

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%%* HandSignals* HandSignals:
** Arthur uses some to direct his knights after arriving at the castle with the insulting French guards.
** The chief of the Knights Who Say Ni holds up a hand to stop his fellow Knights from saying Ni to King Arthur and his party.
** The enchanter Tim holds up a hand to stop King Arthur's party as they approach the Cave of Caerbannog.
** Brother Maynard points to his assistants to signal them to retrieve the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch.



%%* LovableCoward: Sir Robin.

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%%* * LovableCoward: Sir Robin.Robin, the Not-Quite-So-Brave-As-Sir-Lancelot, who had nearly fought the Dragon of Angnor, and who had nearly stood up against the Chicken of Bristol, and who had personally wet himself at the battle of Badon Hill:
-->''Brave Sir Robin ran away''\\
"No!"\\
''Bravely ran away away.''\\
"I didn't!"\\
''When danger reared its ugly head, he bravely turned his tail and fled''\\
"No!"\\
''Yes Brave Sir Robin turned about''\\
"I didn't!"\\
''And gallantly he chickened out. Bravely taking to his feet''\\
"I never did!"\\
''He beat a very brave retreat''\\
"All lies!"\\
''Bravest of the brave, Sir Robin!''\\
"I never!"



%%* MilkyWhiteEyes



%%* PaintingTheFourthWall: Done literally with the title card in Sir Lancelot's segment.

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%%* PaintingTheFourthWall: PaintingTheMedium: Done literally with the title card in Sir Lancelot's segment.



%%* PoirotSpeak: The Frenchman.

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%%* * PoirotSpeak: The Frenchman.whispering among the Frenchmen is full of this. When they are about to DropTheCow, the order is whispered in Franglais: "Fetchez la vache!". Later when they bring in the [[ItMakesSenseInContext Trojan Rabbit]], they cannot understand each other in French and have to switch to English: "C'est un lapin, lapin de bois. Quoi? Un cadeau. What? A present. Oh, un cadeau."



%%* ProphetEyes: The old hag has eyes like these.



%%* RiddleMeThis

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%%* RiddleMeThis* RiddleMeThis: Parodied by The Bridge Keeper:
-->'''Bridge Keeper:''' What is your name?\\
'''Lancelot:''' My name is Sir Lancelot of Camelot.\\
'''Bridge Keeper:''' What is your quest?\\
'''Lancelot:''' To seek the Holy Grail.\\
'''Bridge Keeper:''' What is your favourite colour?\\
'''Lancelot:''' Blue.\\
'''Bridge Keeper:''' Right, off you go.
** [[DirtyCoward Sir Robin]] wasn't so lucky. Same questions [[TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers until the third]].
-->'''Bridge Keeper:''' What is the capital of Assyria?
-->'''Robin:''' Wh- I don't know that! ''*Tossed into the chasm below*''
** Sir Galahad got the favourite colour question, but [[TooStupidToLive still managed to get it wrong]].
24th Jun '16 12:36:12 PM katrinahood
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* SkyFace: God's face appears in the sky to send King Arthur and his knights on a quest.
12th Jun '16 8:11:49 AM Moonstreak
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** After Lancelot "saves" him from Castle Anthrax, Galahad accuses Lancelot of being gay, which he denies. Subsequently, we see Lancelot rush to a castle to rescue a "damsel" who turns out to be the very effeminate Prince Herbert--who [[DeliberatelyDistressedDamsel already had an escape plan]]. So not-gay, [[RatedMForManly ostentatiously-hyper-masculine]] Lancelot ends up answering the personal ad of a young feminine guy who [[NotDistractedByTheSexy isn't at all interested]] in marrying a girl with ''huge''...[[UnusualEuphemism tracts of land]].

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** After Lancelot "saves" him from Castle Anthrax, Galahad accuses Lancelot of being gay, which he denies. Subsequently, we see Lancelot rush to a castle to rescue a "damsel" who turns out to be the very effeminate Prince Herbert--who [[DeliberatelyDistressedDamsel already had an escape plan]]. So not-gay, [[RatedMForManly ostentatiously-hyper-masculine]] Lancelot ends up answering the personal ad of a young feminine guy who [[NotDistractedByTheSexy isn't at all interested]] in marrying a girl with ''huge''... [[UnusualEuphemism tracts of land]].
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