Stories from the Set: Monty Python and the Holy Grail | One Room With A View

Monty Python and the Holy Grail is a movie I never get tired of watching or quoting.

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"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!" Courtesy of: Michael White Productions, National Film Trustee Company, Python (Monty) Pictures “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!” Courtesy of: Michael White Productions, National Film Trustee Company, Python (Monty) Pictures

The Pythons were on top of the world and falling apart. The first three series of Monty Python’s Flying Circus had earned them an adoring fanbase and the opportunity to move to the big screen, but internal conflicts were threatening to tear the group apart.

John Cleese was reluctant to commit to more of the same with another series and Graham Chapman’s drinking was gradually becoming an unignorable problem. Nevertheless, they pressed on with the writing of The Holy Grail only to find that film companies were somewhat reluctant to leave the film in the hands of debut directors Terry Jones and Terry Gilliam. The Holy…

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