Since its release, Monty Python and the Holy Grail has grown from successful box office hit to inescapable cultural phenomenon. The Python troupe retained their mix of slapstick, surrealism, parody, and anarchic silliness from their sketch comedy television show when shifting to the big screen for their take on the King Arthur legend, and the goofy charms of their madcap film are hard to ignore.
A significant reason for the longevity of the film’s popular reputation is its seemingly endless supply of memorable scenes and quotes. It can be quite the daunting task to narrow down a selection of the film’s greatest zingers because there are always more to uncover, but here’s an absolutely definitive list of Holy Grail’s wittiest moments.
“Lets not bicker and argue over who killed who.” – Swamp Castle King
Sir Lancelot’s hasty and ill-advised attack on the swamp castle ended in a bloodbath with several pointless casualties, so surely this was an event of great shame? Not so for the king, who casually brushes aside the tragedy as if it were an everyday petty squabble.