Strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government.
Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony. Dennis: You can't expect to wield supreme power just 'cause some watery tart threw a sword at you!
Before filming began, the script underwent a lot of change.
Eric Idle- ..only at the end do you realise there's no plot whatsoever. I contributed the ending because I said, "You should just stop it. We had all these university students on £4 a day and they shot them every angle they could, but there weren't many of them at all.
Using the police to end the picture was a cheaper and much easier solution.
I have no idea why, but I have a copy of the first draft of the Holy Grail. They didn't change that, but they took out the parts that lead up to it in the script.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. GALAHAD: Is there someone else up there we could talk to? Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries! I suppose they could have been filmed later as well and interspersed, but the impression I had always had was that they just cut the last bits of the movie, replacing them with the arrest scene, not filmed several other short scenes to mix in earlier. Yeah, I think the Pythons, we usually stick fairly closely to the script, actually. As the scene seemed to go well, the theme was expanded to tie up the plot.They're usually pretty careful to work out, because they're so involved, usually, you have to stick, you have to work everything out in advance. And then we get together, and then just about ten minutes before a take, the script is slightly rewritten. In , a 2001 documentary, Julian Doyle (production manager, special effects photographer, and the police sergeant who directs the final arrest and covers the camera lens with his hand to stop the film) mentions that he very much liked the idea of the ending (I don't remember if he specifically came up with it).And five minutes before the take it's fairly radically rewritten. I didn't hear any mention that the cost was a motivation for cutting parts of the script.So in fact at the very last minute there's usually these little extra bits creep in. Whether it was or not, the ending was clearly planned well before filming began, for artistic reasons to boot, so it's not a case of running out of money.After 15 minutes some people started to get up slowly while still looking at the screen and moving towards the aisle to leave.I left after about 25 minutes of waiting for the punch line. It looked every bit like a Python ending joke was being played out.