Monty Python and the Holy Grail
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Continuity mistake: When King Arthur is fighting the Black Knight, there is a fire behind the Black Knight that is lit in some shots and nearly out in others. (00:15:55)


Continuity mistake: In the scene where Sir Galahad is about to enter Castle Anthrax, it's pouring like there's no tomorrow. Although when he falls against the door and is about to open there is no rain, and no Niagara Falls pouring down the door. As a matter of fact, it's pretty dry on the door and almost a completely clear sky.


Continuity mistake: When the rabbit kills the first knight that is sent to kill it, the rabbit gets blood all over its mouth. However, when the knights charge the rabbit, in the shot of the rabbit watching them, the blood has disappeared. It reappears in the shots where it is slaughtering the other knights.


Continuity mistake: After Sir Lancelot has gone on a rampage at the wedding party, the bride is first seen with a clean face. Then in the close-up she has loads of bright red Pythonesque blood coming from her mouth and running onto her chin. In the next shot, the blood has disappeared again.

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Continuity mistake: When the knights have built the rabbit and given it to the French they hide behind the top of the hill with woodland behind them. Then when they rabbit is launched at the you see a shot of them running uphill through clear ground.


Continuity mistake: When the Green Knight is charging at the Black Knight with the axe, there is a shield leaning against the tree behind him. Then in the shot right before King Arthur cuts off the Black Knight's first arm, the shield disappears.


Continuity mistake: When Brother Maynard is reading the inscriptions on the wall Sir Robin is hiding behind Sir Lancelot, but whenever there is a shot from behind the group Sir Robin disappears.


Continuity mistake: When King Arthur and his knights go to fight the killer rabbit and then run away, Sir Galahad left his shield behind, but one second later when they're regrouping, he has it again.

Continuity mistake: When King Arthur threatens to say "Ni!" to the old crone, the left side of his chain mail coif is behind him; before and after that cut, both sides of his coif are draped over his shoulders.


Continuity mistake: The witch's hand changes position from the shot where she is weighed to the close-up of her saying "It's a fair cop" or something like that.

Continuity mistake: When King Arthur arrives and the Black Knight is fighting someone else, the Black Knight stabs his victim straight through the helmet between the eyes. When he removes his sword the sword is through the helmet across his nose, a movement of 90°.


Continuity mistake: As King Arthur waits to cross the Bridge of Death, the back of his garment is dirty. As soon as he crosses the bridge, it's clean again, and then it's dirty once more.

Continuity mistake: When Galahad is being looked at by the two doctors at Castle Anthrax, his gloves are on. When the doctors lift his tunic to look at the injury more closely, he pushes the tunic back down with now bare hands. They are not shown removing his gloves, and he can't have removed them since he was too busy watching the girls examining him.

Continuity mistake: When the Three Headed Knight asks Sir Robin "What do you want?", you can see one of Sir Robin's minstrels puts the mouthpiece of his recorder into his mouth, but in the next shot, the music plays and he puts the mouthpiece back into his mouth a second time.

Continuity mistake: When the Bridgekeeper is asking Sir Robin the three questions at the Bridge of Death, King Arthur has his right hand on his armour, but when the camera is behind King Arthur, his right hand is now pointing down.

Continuity mistake: When King Arthur tells Sir Bedevere that he is not saying "Ni!" correctly, Bedevere is looking directly at Arthur. When the camera angle changes to behind Bedevere in the next shot, he is now looking at the Old Crone, and in the shot after that, he is looking at Arthur again.

Continuity mistake: When Lancelot storms into the courtyard of "Swamp Castle", in the second shot there's a body in front of the dais that he hasn't even killed yet.

Continuity mistake: When King Arthur fights the black knight, he cuts off his last leg. But when it shows the black knight he doesn't even have a bottom.

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Continuity mistake: When King Arthur is fighting the Black Knight, there is a fire behind the Black Knight that is lit in some shots and nearly out in others. (00:15:55)

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Father of the Groom: Now now, let's not bicker and argue about who killed who, this is supposed to be a happy occasion!

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Trivia: Brave Sir Robin's royal minstrels are the British folk band Saltwater Sealion - Steeleye Span were originally asked to play the roles, but they declined.

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Question: During the song "Knights of the Round Table" they sing the line: "Between our quests we sequin vests". What does this mean? (English is not my mother tongue.)

Answer: Sequins are small, flat, shiny ornamentations that are attached to clothing to give the garment a metallic look. The nights are saying that between quests, they sit arround sewing these items onto vests.

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