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Monty Python and the Holy Grail
  • Hosting Teacher:  Mr. Streit
  • Rating:  PG
  • Year:  1975
  • From:  United Kingdom

Description:  King Arthur and his knights embark on a low-budget search for the Holy Grail, encountering many very silly obstacles.  This isn't your average medieval knights and horses story - for a start, due to a shortage in the kingdom, all the horses have been replaced by servants clopping coconuts together! 


Discussion Topics:  Discuss the following themes in the movie:  chivalry/heroism, reality/fantasy including the absurd, religion/Christianity, monarchy, communism (the anarcho-syndicalist commune), nationalism/patriotism, Medieval realities, Black Plague, Inquisition, arranged marriages, science and magic.  Discuss the following questions:  Who was the real King Arthur?  Why no horses?  What is the Holy Grail?  Can anyone own a grail [according to the French and the seductresses at castle Anthrax]? “None shall pass”, why not? 

Who let the French in? Is the movie King Arthur the great hero of myth and legend or is he just a “homicidal loony”? What have we learned about in 6th and 7th grade History classes?  Where do I get a killer rabbit?