Monty Python and the Holy Grail
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Trivia: Before the witch trial, you can see Sir Bedevere tying coconuts to a swallow, no doubt to test the theory people argue about elsewhere in the film.


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.


Trivia: The idea for the killer rabbit came from the facade of the Cathedral of Notre Dame. Near the entrance, in panels depicting various scenes of man's infirmaties, one panel illustrates cowardice by showing a knight fleeing from a rabbit.


Trivia: In the scene where the chanting monks are parading through the city streets, watch the overhead view closely and you'll see that one monk staggers and nearly collapses after hitting himself in the head.


Trivia: Originally, the cast were going to ride horses, but then they realised they didn't have the capital to do so. They therefore came up with the idea of artificially creating the sound effect using empty coconut halves. They then decided that it would be a good idea to actually include the coconuts in the film, hence the film's long-running joke - it was never meant to be included.

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Trivia: Almost all, if not all, the chain mail armour in this film is actually thick wool, which was very uncomfortable for the actors because it was often raining where they were filming, and the wool would become very damp and very heavy.

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Trivia: After they come to the conclusion about weighing the witch to see if she weighs the same as a duck, and then the scales balance, watch the scales after they drag her off to be burnt. The side which contained the duck is obviously loaded to start with, as it sinks lower than the other pan when there is supposed to be nothing on the scales. Hence the witch weighing 'the same' as the duck, and seemingly proving the villagers rigged the whole thing.

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Trivia: In the scene where the mob is weighing the 'witch' there are two quick shots of the crowd just as she is being put on the scales. In the second shot, one of the men is ex-Beatle and co-producer George Harrison.

Trivia: The use of coconuts in the film was so popular it was later referred to in the German release of the film, which translated the title as Die Ritter der Kokosnu├č (Knights of the Coconut).


Trivia: The picture of "Sir-Not-Appearing-In-This-Film" is that of Michael Palin's son, Tom.

Trivia: When King Arthur brings the shrubbery to the Knights who say Ni in the forest, the Head Knight tells Arthur that they must give him a test. When Arthur asks him what is the test, he ends with "Ni" and watch Sir Bedevere - he gives a little jump.

Trivia: In the scene with Tim the enchanter (played by John Cleese who also plays sir Lancelot), Lancelot has his face covered as another actor was used. It was the only time he wears a helmet. There's an interview with the actor who stood in for John Cleese about 'my day as a Monty Python extra': 'I wore a helmet over my face and had to be careful where I walked. That was the only downside of taking John's place - nobody can see my face. He starts the scene standing on a pinnacle, with a sheer drop either side. He was up there for nearly an hour, and it was pretty windy. The team kept shouting: "Are you all right?" The extent of my acting involved pretending my imaginary horse was rearing when the bangs went off.'


Trivia: After studios refused, Monty Python and the Holy Grail was instead financed by the rock stars Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Genesis, Jethro Tull and Elton John who all saw it as simply 'a good tax write-off."


Trivia: The reason why this film ends abruptly is because the studio had no more money left.

Trivia: When King Arthur and his knights first catch sight of the castle at Camelot, Patsy says, "It's only a model." This is his only line in the whole film.

Visible crew/equipment: In the scene where the knights are attacked by the killer rabbit outside the cave, you can see the boom mic at the top of the frame.

More mistakes in Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Second Villager: She turned me into a newt.
Sir Bedevere: A newt?
Second Villager: [After looking at himself for some time.] I got better.

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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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