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Monty Python and the Holy Grail: Screenplay [Paperback]

Graham Chapman , John Cleese , Terry Gilliam , Eric Idle , Terry Jones , Michael Palin
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11 April 2002 Screenplay
This is the complete director's shooting script of the film of the same name, produced in facsimile from Terry Jones' copy, plus Terry Gilliam's storyboard drawings, correspondence concerning the naughty bits, the accounts for the film and other material.
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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Methuen Publishing Ltd (11 April 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0413741206
  • ISBN-13: 978-0413741202
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 101,737 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Curtains! 9 July 2013
By Nicholas Casley TOP 500 REVIEWER
I bought my copy of the screenplay in the Historic Scotland shop at Doune Castle, where Terry Jones gives a good audio commentary for visitors that includes details of some of the film's shooting. The book is a little disappointing in not containing any `extras', but it does include some stills from the film (in black and white) as well as the amusing opening credits, and a full cast list.

The screenplay also includes directions that are amusing but of which the viewer would, of course, be unaware. An example is where the female doctors in Castle Anthrax attend to Michael Palin. The doctors here are instructed to touch him "in a just possibly medical way." And this original screenplay also shows where changes occurred between script and the final shoot, such as the form of the amendment to the `Knights Who Used to Say Ni'.

I am of a certain age which makes me one of those `sad' people who can quote to you extensive extracts from the script of `Monty Python & the Holy Grail'. But it has not been a complete waste of money for me to purchase this book. Not only does it contain references to physical details in the film that I had not spotted before, but when my partner states to me that `One day, lad, all this will be yours', I can not only wade in the pond of delight at being still called a lad, I can confirm that my response concerning the curtains will be word-perfect.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Holy Grail of Comedy 13 Feb 2008
Originally produced at a time before the advent of not only DVD but also video recorders, `Monty Python and the Holy Grail' was issued as a script book for those people who wanted to enjoy it in the comfort of their own home. The book also contains as curiosities the initial draft of the script showing how it was improved upon during production. Also included is the production costs, I imagine only American film producers would know how funny they are.

The Holy Grails script is of a consistent quality and every sketch (used deliberately rather than more traditional scenes) is a success. Sketches such as the Black Knight, the Three Headed Knight, Tim the Enchanter and the Knights that say Nee are amongst the best sketches of not only Python lineage but of all time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Try not to smile while reading this book! 12 Sep 2003
Even though it has been about two years since I've watched the movie, this book brings back every memory of it! The script is superb and if you've seen the movie, you'll visualize each scene as it happens while reading this book. Even though the book doesn't contain any 'extras', it's worth every penny - the script will have you in stitches! "What, ridden on a horse?" ... "You're using two empty halves of coconuts and banging them together." Need I say more? :)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Rare look at the metamorphosis of a script 26 April 2001
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It's rare that you get to see a script come together from first draft to final product and all the stages in between. Some of the ideas, dialogue and sketches which never made it to the film are as funny as the very silly cinematic Grail hunt would prove to be, a comedy classic. Enjoy seeing the creative process in action, reading your favorite bits, and even spot a few bits that were to become sketches in the fourth season. A must for any Python fan.
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3.0 out of 5 stars And now for something completely different 23 July 2004
A useful book when not in the vicinity of a VCR or DVD player, however it is merely a transcript of the film with no extras. It could perhaps be improved with some stills to liven it up.
However it serves its purpose well but is perhaps only of real interest to a massive python fan.
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