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Regarding the end of Monty Python and the Holy Grail, according to page 248 of the 2003 edition of Thomas Dunne Books The Pythons autobiography by the Pythons: Eric Idle- ...and only at the end do you realise there's no plot whatsoever. We didn't know how to end it. I contributed the ending because I said, "You should just stop it. The police should ...


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Singing Camelot Knight #4 Who was played by John Cleese (who also played Sir Lancelot the Brave). You can see yellow and silver in this frame: This knight is also wearing yellow and silver, and the crest is conceivably the same: And in case you are not quite sure who's face that is, here is John Cleese wear the same pattern and crest: So yes, a knight ...


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Sir Bedevere is determining the truth of the assertions made by the guards (independently or not). Or simply the reason Arthur was able to find a coconut to use as a horse in the first place. But like this whole movie, it is focused more on being funny than making sense. So in short, it's a reference to the first scene of the movie. GUARD #1: Halt! ...


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Sir Bedevere's defining characteristic is that he's a man of scientific inquiry. The fact that our first view of him is conducting an experiment (albeit a nonsensical one) is a way of introducing this concept to the audience. Now, obviously his experiment is a reference to the scene a few moment before (in which the guard asserts that a bird couldn't carry ...


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I haven't found a direct quote from JKR about Cockroach Clusters, but I think it would be far too much of a coincidence for Rowling to have included something called Cockroach Clusters in Harry Potter without it being influenced by the sweetmeat of the same name in the Monty Python sketch. Her IMDB page says she is a fan of Monty Python, and includes the ...


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Yes, it is a reference to Monty Python. GRRM likes to sneak in references to lots of little things. TV Tropes has a list of some shoutouts One of the funniest ones in my opinion is the NY Giants vs. Dallas Cowboys "incident". It even has several layers to the joke.


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I can't find any reference to that specific element being inspired by Monty Python, but J.K. Rowling has admitted to being a fan of Monty Python, and has hinted at it being one of her inspirations for the Dursleys and Hagrid. As an adult reader, I loved the books and was surprised at how much humour is in them. The Dursleys sound like something out of ...


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In London in the early 19th c. an old sailor, Joseph Johnson, used to support himself by singing and busking. He wore a hat shaped like a ship and was a familiar figure in London streets. See http://strandlines.org/image/joseph-johnson I forgot to mention that wearing boat-shaped headgear was also traditional in certain West African dances, e.g. the ...


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Possibly that scene invokes Bran the Blessed, the giant king in the Welsh Mabinogion. Bran waded across the sea with his fleet. There was a cauldron in which the ogres were going to cook the Time Bandits. A cauldron was also central to Bran's story, although that one brought the dead back to life. Because it was a transition from ogres to a giant, the ...


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I remember seeing the movie, initial release, at a theater in Maryland. The movie ended with Arthur being taken off by the police which abruptly cut to an old super 8mm film of "See America in a RV" from the 50's for at least 25 minutes. It was so seamless no one in the theater could tell if it was part of the movie. People sat still for about 5 minutes ...


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The video: The video describes a couple walking as perfectly ordinary people who nothing extraordinary would ever happen to, much like Rowling discusses the Dursley's as being "perfectly normal", basically people who didn't have anything extraordinary happen to. We do know something extraordinary does happen to them, but ...


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The latest episode of Game of Thrones (S04E03 - Breaker of Chains) has a joke where someone says that they pronounced Knight as "knig-git". This is reminiscent of the scene below;


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The Python script book for Holy Grail has two scripts. The original draft actually has a much different ending. It's been transcribed here: http://www.angelfire.com/movies/closedcaptioned/grail.txt This is not to contradict others who said the ending was what was in the original shooting script.


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