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Monty Python and the Holy Grail
May 17, 2001 8:37 PM   Subscribe

Monty Python and the Holy Grail is being released in theaters this summer. "Come and see the violence inherent in the system! 'Elp, 'elp, I'm being repressed!"
posted by jennaratrix (31 comments total)

 
Sweet. I wonder how many geek guys are going to take our girlfriends and have to sit the entire time pretending we don't know the script verbatim from past years...
posted by GriffX at 8:46 PM on May 17, 2001


Woo...I say, I say woohoo!!!

(Ask Jeeves: "What is the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow?")
posted by bradlands at 8:51 PM on May 17, 2001


Wow, Monty Python quotes on the internet. That's new.

(Sarcasm machine beeps frantically)

Wow, Simpsons references on the internet. That's new.

(Sarcasm machine explodes)
posted by toddshot at 9:02 PM on May 17, 2001


If they did a double-feature with The Princess Bride, it would be the ultimate geekfest.
posted by frykitty at 9:22 PM on May 17, 2001


A theatrical re-release to a handful of art nouveau (sp?) film houses? This is news? What they should do is make another movie, dammit, while they're still only mostly dead.
posted by ZachsMind at 9:34 PM on May 17, 2001


Please tell me that these aren't the only theatres that it's going to be released at!
posted by kaefer at 9:36 PM on May 17, 2001


Catch it on the big screen and see just how over-rated that movie really is. In 1975 this was hot stuff, I guess, but it certainly hasn't aged well. I saw it a few years ago at an art house and was bored stiff.

In the 1950s, people thought Milton Berle was funny.
In the 1960s, people thought Laugh-In was funny.
In the 1970s...
posted by Erendadus at 9:48 PM on May 17, 2001


I have the film on VHS along with Life of Brian and Meaning of Life. Great movies, in my opinion. However, I don't see the value of paying full price to see it on the big screen when I can see it any time I want at home for free.
posted by ZachsMind at 9:55 PM on May 17, 2001


I think it has aged pretty well, considering it was released 2 years before I was born I found it hilarious.
posted by owillis at 10:39 PM on May 17, 2001


However, I don't see the value of paying full price to see it on the big screen when I can see it any time I want at home for free.

For film buffs, seeing it on the big screen is all the value that's needed. There's something about seeing a film in a theater that beats watching it on TV any day of the week.
posted by toddshot at 10:45 PM on May 17, 2001


Zach, I have both of those on DVD as well as the Life of Python; the big screen is better than my computer monitor! too bad i won't be in chicago for its release at century centre. instead of princess bride, how about a double feature with Tron? the best of both decades in one night!
posted by wantwit at 10:45 PM on May 17, 2001


Did you guys read the notice at all? New footage! New footage! Damn, I want to see this.
posted by lia at 12:46 AM on May 18, 2001


I was just gifted with it on DVD a little while ago (relatively). Now this new footage surfaces... rowr. I mean, I'd love to see new footage but I'd also like to own it.
posted by DyRE at 2:26 AM on May 18, 2001


After years of having watched the movie on VHS, I was thrilled to buy the DVD and actually see the titles between scenes in their entirely. (Hurrah for widescreen!) I would be thrilled to see Holy Grail in a theatre, despite the fact that I can run through the entire script in my head. I think it's one of the funniest movies ever, and it was released four years before I was born.

"Death awaits ye, with nasty, sharp, pointy teeth!"
posted by binkin at 4:42 AM on May 18, 2001


I don't think it's accurate to say that the movie hasn't aged well. The humor depended on Arthurian legend mixed with general silliness and physical humor. Yes, humor's more outrageous (and cruder) now, but MP was always crude humor combined with devastating intelligence.

It does, however, tend to speak to people of a certain age, so if we find it boring, it's more likely that we haven't aged well. I was given the movie on videotape perhaps five years ago, and I still haven't taken it out of its wrapper. It would have been just too depressing if I no longer found it funny. But if it comes around with new footage, I'll risk it.

I hope the audience is subdued enough not to keep saying the lines along with the actors, but that's probably a vain hope. Crowds of geeks shouting "Ni!"
posted by anapestic at 5:17 AM on May 18, 2001


What IS the capital of Assyria?
posted by darren at 5:33 AM on May 18, 2001


bradlands:

African or European?
posted by skwm at 5:54 AM on May 18, 2001


the only reason i might not find it laugh-out-loud funny is the whole having seen it a million times and practically memorized it thing. still fun to quote, though (and i've been wondering if i could get to chicago to see it...)
posted by dagnyscott at 6:16 AM on May 18, 2001


I agree with Anapestic--please, I'm here to see the movie, not to hear the (fellow) geek behind me recite the script! But I'd love to see the movie as it was meant to be seen. I suspect that, if the movie gets a big enough response, it'll open in more theaters.

On a related note, I've recently seen several movies on the big screen that I'd only before seen on video: Breathless (the Godard original), The Exorcist, and Wizard of Oz, the last two in a grand old theater here in DC (the Uptown, for you locals). Breathless was cool, as it was meant to be. The Exorcist was fun, in a campy, period-piece sort of way, but didn't scare me like it did when I saw it on TV, alone in a darkened house. The Wizard of Oz was incredible, at least as much for the atmosphere in the theater as for the movie itself--a sell-out crowd, mostly gay, with what seemed to me the appropriate level of audience participation, no singing along, laughter at some odd (to me) moments. Seeing the movie there, with an enthusiastic audience, made the experience something that could not be re-created at home.

Does anyone else have similar experiences?

posted by MrMoonPie at 6:48 AM on May 18, 2001


Nineveh was the capital of Assyria.
posted by anapestic at 6:50 AM on May 18, 2001


The Wizard of Oz was at the Uptown? And no one told me?
posted by anapestic at 6:52 AM on May 18, 2001


I'd only go IF quoting the movie out loud were allowed. I think Holy Grail would make a fine audience participation. The last decent one was Rocky Horror Picture Show, which most definitely ISN'T worth watching at home on video, but personally I prefer to enjoy a film at home as opposed to in a cramped movie theater. The popcorn's much cheaper. I can opt to remain silent or yell at the screen in peace, without others yelling at the screen when I don't want to, or telling me to shut up when I do.

To each his own. =)
posted by ZachsMind at 7:41 AM on May 18, 2001


Oh, and I saw House of Wax in 3D at the AFI. WAY cool.
posted by MrMoonPie at 7:49 AM on May 18, 2001


>Does anyone else have similar experiences?

Dial M for Murder in 3D. The 3D effects made the film even funnier.
posted by smich at 8:05 AM on May 18, 2001


I have never seen Gone With the Wind. I read the book twice when I was in high school, but I made a vow not to see the movie until I could see it on a huge screen.

It's played in St. Louis three times in recent years -- once at the Tivoli art house in the main theatre and twice at the Fox, a glorious, grand old Byzantine movie house (now at legit stage) with an enormous screen and pre-show organ music.

All three times I have been out of town. < sigh >
posted by bradlands at 8:15 AM on May 18, 2001


I'd only go IF quoting the movie out loud were allowed. I think Holy Grail would make a fine audience participation. The last decent one was Rocky Horror Picture Show

See, RHPS was a good audience participation movie because the dialog was so lame that you could make up funnier stuff to go in the blank spaces. In MP, the dialogue is already better than anything you could make up, and the timing is so good that there aren't really blank spaces. Talking along with the funny bits is not audience participation; it's just rude.
posted by anapestic at 8:49 AM on May 18, 2001


Several years ago I had the good fortune of seeing the restored Lawrence of Arabia on a huge screen--one of our old movie palaces that has since been torn down.

Breathtaking.
posted by frykitty at 9:54 AM on May 18, 2001


A couple years ago, I co-sponsored "Caddyshack" at an indy theater in Berkeley. I had only seen it on the small screen about, oh, 42 times. It took all the restraint in me to not quote the movie out loud. I loved hearing some in the audience laugh a little later than the rest of us at the well-worn lines; they were seeing "Caddyshack" for the first time. God bless 'em, they are now enlightened.

The second feature of the double bill was "Weed", but I didn't stick around. Do I deserve flame-age for that? Anybody seen it?

p.s. How do I italicize and bold my text here? Thanks.
posted by msacheson at 10:06 AM on May 18, 2001


OK, Metafilter fest in Chicago at the MPHG opening! Who's with me?!
posted by dhartung at 11:14 AM on May 18, 2001


msacheson asks: How do I italicize and bold my text here?

You can just stick plain ol' HTML tags around what you want to highlight. (EM, STRONG, I, B, et al).
posted by bradlands at 2:14 PM on May 18, 2001


A friend of mine and I saw "War of the Worlds" at the Sundance theater in downtown Fort Worth a while ago. It was quite an experience, to say the least. What I found almost as entertaining were the incredibly lame MST3k-ings of some of the geekier set in the crowd - I must have heard "Forget the beer!" a dozen times. It took all my self control to shut those people up with some REAL MSTing. :-)

As an aside, not too long ago another friend and I were up way too late, and caught "Scanner Cop" on the Sci Fi channel. Not to toot my own horn, but I think Joel, Mike, and the bots would have been proud of the treatment we gave it. :-)
posted by Spirit_VW at 1:48 PM on May 20, 2001


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