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MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL

            

For Hicksflicks.com, July 25, 2014

Although one could argue that "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" (1975) is a skit film of sorts, it does tell a story, making it the first narrative movie by the Monty Python TV-comedy sextet — Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin.

And although it has its dry spells and ultimately merely stops instead of really ending, this is one of th most quoted comedies of all time, right up there with "Young Frankenstein" and "Airplane!"

"Run away!"

"I got better."

"I'm not dead yet."

"We are the knights who say Ni."

"It's just a flesh wound."

If any of those lines ring a bell, you know exactly what I mean.

         

King Arthur (Chapman) gives the Black Knight a 'flesh wound' in battle

"Monty Python's Flying Circus" was a British TV series that caught fire on PBS in the States, and the comedians whose skits — "Dead Parrot," "Argument Clinic," "Fish-Slapping," etc. — mixed the silly with the intellectual, had a unique chemistry and won over a huge international audience.

Naturally, films would follow, and "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" is a sort of road picture as King Arthur (Chapman) leads his knights on a quest for the Holy Grail, encountering all kinds of weirdness along the way, from a French castle that launches a cow at them to a killer rabbit.

      

Eric Idle, left, John Cleese, Michael Palin, 'Monty Python & Holy Grail'

In 2006, Idle spearheaded the Broadway musical hit "Spamalot," which is largely based on this film.

Fans of "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" — and they are legion — can see it on the big screen next week at several Cinemark theaters around the Salt Lake Valley, and around the state. It will play Sunday, July 27, at 2 p.m.. and on Wednesday, July 30, at 2 and 7 p.m.