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Goofs from Monty Python and the Holy Grail

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  • During the second attack of the killer rabbit, the rabbit attacks the neck of the knight who is wearing Sir Lancelot's armor. At the end of the battle, Sir Lancelot has made it out with the rest of the knights and is still alive.
  • 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.
  • The blood on the killer rabbit's face disappears just after King Arthur orders the charge. It is back again in later shots
  • During the sword fight between King Arthur and the Black Knight, the lighting repeatedly changes between overcast and a bright sunny day, and the fire in the tent in the background changes from lit to unlit to lit.
  • Near the end of the Monks' head pounding scene, the monk in the foreground appears to hit himself so hard that he stumbles.
  • The position of Arthur's right arm while Robin answers the Bridgekeeper's questions.
  • Monk hits his head with a board before other Monks. The sound is not heard.
  • When Sir Robin is talking to the Three Headed Knight, the Singing Minstrel changes position between shots.
  • In some shots when the rabbit attacks the knights you can see the string that the rabbit is moving across.
  • After Lancelot rescues Galahad from Castle Anthrax, a crew member is briefly visible shortly after the knights go around an outside corner of the castle, just before the scene ends (look on the left side of the screen). Since breaking the fourth wall does not serve a humorous purpose here, it is a goof.
  • After Sir Lancelot's wedding-crashing, the bride is first seen with no blood on her face. Then a close-up shows her with bright red blood coming from her mouth and running onto her chin. In the next shot, the blood is gone again.
  • Towards the end of Brother Maynard reading the message in the cave, Sir Robin lowers his shield, and it can be seen that he is played by a stand-in and not Eric Idle, who is playing Brother Maynard instead.
  • After being attacked by the white rabbit, the knights drop their shields and run away. Sir Galahad drops his in front of the cave opening, but in the next shot, it's back on his arm. Afterwards they go back to the entrance and the knights' shields are nowhere to be seen.
  • Every time someone falls from the Bridge of Death, the exact same footage of someone falling is reused.
  • When King Arthur and the Knights are in the cave and reading the message in Aramaic their heads move from left to right. Aramaic is read right to left.
  • The scene spoken of as Scene 24 is really Scene 13. The Bridge of Death scene (where the Old Man From Scene 24 makes his second appearance) is the real scene 24.
  • Lancelot breaks his sword during his second attack on the wedding guests, visible when he's at the bottom of the stairs.
  • In the witch-trial scene, John Cleese, Michael Palin, and Eric Idle barely restrain genuine laughter. Idle bites down hard on his scythe to remain in character.
  • Given the fact that this movie breaks the fourth wall constantly, many crew/equipment goofs may be deliberate. In the final scene, characters even call attention to the film crew as part of the story.
  • The Black Knight's sword is soaked in blood when he pulls it out of the Green Knight's head, yet a few seconds later when he duels Arthur, it is clean. We never saw him clean it.
  • When arriving at the castle of the French taunters, Patsy blows a note on some kind of musical instrument, which only moments before he wasn't even carrying.
  • When Sir Galahad arrives at Castle Anthrax, he is told by Zoot that "8 score" (160) blondes and brunettes reside there. Later on, when Sir Lancelot comes to "rescue" him, he protests that he can handle "150" girls.
  • During the witch trial a couple of chickens on a rooftop disappear and reappear between shots.
  • During the Camelot song, a musician hits a servant with a mallet but the arm holding the mallet is swung fully in front of the servant rather than hitting him on the head.
  • During the "AAAAAAAAAGGHH" cave scene, the actor who substitutes Eric Idle as Sir Robin (as Idle is busy speaking as Brother Maynard), suddenly vanishes between camera angle changes.
  • Tim calls the Rabbit a "foul, cruel, and ill tempered rodent." Rabbits are Lagomorphs, not rodents.
  • King Arthur tells the Black Knight, "We must cross that bridge." Just behind the Black Knight for a brief moment is seen a small stream, no more than 2 feet across which could easily be stepped over. No bridge is in sight and wouldn't be needed for such a tiny stream. This is most likely a deliberate joke.
  • Before the black knight loses one leg, he is slightly taller than Arthur. After losing the leg, he is slightly shorter, due to being played by a one-legged stunt man rather than John Cleese.
  • Very few of the accented characters used in the "Swedish" subtitles for the credits actually appear in the Swedish alphabet.
  • If the members of the anarcho-syndicalist commune are taking it in turns to be executive officer for the week, but the officer's decisions are ratified on a bi-weekly basis, then there would be a different officer installed before his decisions could be ratified.
  • King Arthur claims you don't vote for kings. Although this is true for his country as well as most better known monarchies, there have also been elective monarchies throughout history. Several of them still exist: Cambodia has its king elected by the Royal Council.
  • The cow that the French soldiers bring out to the courtyard to catapult onto King Arthur and his men is tan colored with white legs. The cow that falls on the English servants is all tan including the legs.
  • An Electric Donkey Bottom Biter would not work in the Medieval era.
  • The 3 Headed Knight's voice echoes for an undisclosed reason. It's a Monty Python film, not a medieval epic; that's part of the joke.
  • After the Scene 24 caption there's a white chicken which has been tethered, presumably to keep it in the shot.
  • Of course much of the humor in the film is based on anachronisms, there are a couple of points that stand out. At the opening of the film, a title card gives the date as 932 A.D.; however, Arthur supposedly ruled sometime between 450 and 525 A.D. Furthermore, Sir Robin is said to have "...personally wet himself at the battle of Badon Hill..." The accepted date for that battle is also between 450 and 525, which is consistent with Arthurian chronology. However, given the tenth century date of the film, Sir Robin would have been between approximately 430 to 500 years old in the movie. Finally, Christianity did not take hold in Britain until around 600, which matches the film dating but not the legendary timeline. But again, this is Monty Python.


  • Upon entering the second floor of Swamp Castle, Lancelot passes the bride's father. He doesn't attack him at all but later the man is seen with Lancelot's sword driven through his head.
  • The Knights Who Say Ni claim to be afraid of the word "it," yet everyone present has already said "it" several times, with no reaction. In Monty Python sketches, it is common for characters with peculiar neuroses to show the effects of these afflictions only when it's most convenient for the sketch.
  • There is already blood on the historian's neck before the sword cuts it. When the the historian is then shown lying on the ground, there is no blood at all on this part of his neck.
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