85. "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" (1975)
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There are those who revere Monty Python and those who simply don't get their
zany shenanigans. Many of us can quote them ad nauseam, and "Holy Grail" is rife
with great scenes that lend themselves to recitation. ("We demand ... a
shrubbery!" See what I mean?) The British comedy troupe send up religion,
politics and their country's stiff-upper-lip mentality as they skewer Arthurian
legends. In this meta-meta-satire, the Camelot crowd includes a not-so-brave Sir
Robin, an overzealously daring Sir Lancelot and knights who lack steeds but
whose porters bang coconuts together to mimic horse galloping. A side plot
includes modern police investigating the death of a historical documentary
narrator killed by a knight on horseback.
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Along their quest for the elusive Holy Grail, the various Knights of the
Round Table encounter endless oddities, including Frenchmen hurtling insults
(and cows!), a Black Knight who views severed limbs as flesh wounds and a cute
little bunny that has slain scores of men with its "nasty, big pointy teeth." In
a classic moment, pure Sir Galahad happens upon a castle full of vestal virgins
ripe for conquest, but Sir Lancelot quickly saves him from the "perilous"
situation. "Look, let me go back in there and face the peril," exclaims Galahad.
"No," insists Lancelot, "It's too perilous." Not even for king and country?
By the way, your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries.
— Bryan Reesman ("Monty Python and the Holy Grail"/Courtesy