IMA Summer Nights Film Series: Monty Python and the Holy Grail

“What. . . is the air speed velocity of an unladen swallow?” If you know the answer to this question, (African or European Swallow?) than you are in for a real treat at the Indianapolis Museum of Art on Friday, July 23, 2010, when the IMA’s Summer Nights Film Series continues with Monty Python and the Holy Grail, where the best of British humor, takes hold of medieval Europe. This zany British comedy group changed the face of film in 1975 with their cult classic about a group of King Arthur’s Knights and their quest of the Holy Grail. This bawdy comedy takes no prisoners as it travels through various challenges like the Knights who say Ni, a deadly killer Rabbit, the Castle of Anthrax and more. Don’t miss this hilarious Indianapolis event at the IMA Friday, July 23, 2010.

Monty Python and the Holy Grail is a very loose adaptation of the legend of King Arthur. Starring members of the iconic comedy troupe include Graham Chapman as King Arthur, Terry Gilliam as his squire Patsy, Terry Jones as Sir Bedevere the Wise, John Cleese as Sir Lancelot the Brave and Michael Palin as Sir Galahad the Pure. When the group receives instructions from God to seek the Holy Grail, they begin a dangerously funny mission to find that elusive chalice.

Ridding their imaginary steeds, sounded by coconuts, across the country side they happen upon a host of obstacles. Along the way they invade a French castle with a Trojan Rabbit, before they realize separate searches might be best. Each of the Knights faces various perils as they attempt to find their Jesus cup. Arthur and Bedevere attempt to satisfy the odd requests of the Knights who say Ni: “Cut down a tree with a herring? It can’t be done.”

Sir Lancelot accidentally assaults a wedding party at Swamp Castle, believing them to be holding a lady, actually an effeminate prince, against her/his will. Galahad happens upon the Castle Anthrax (“Yes…it’s not a very good name, is it? Oh, but we are nice, and we’ll attend to your every need”) populated by comely sex starved women, but is then “rescued” by Lancelot.

After hours of mad cap fun, including a falsified witch hunt and a town capitalizing on the plague as an opportunity to get rid of their elderly, the group finally reconvenes. Tim the Enchanter, points them to the caves where the location of the Grail is hidden, and they are forced to defeat the Rabbit of Caerbannog (“. . .the most foul, cruel, and bad tempered rodent you ever set eyes on!”).

Video: Monty Python and the Holy Grail at the IMA, Indianapolis, Indiana


Finally, King Arthur’s crew learns the destination of the Grail, but face one last peril: the Bridge of Death. As they cross, their lives are held in the answer to three questions (“What. . . is their favorite color?) But somehow the Grail seems ever elusive. Find out how this crazy comedy comes to an end at the IMA’s outdoor amphitheatre on Friday, July 23, 2010.

Tickets the the Summer Nights Film Series are $5.00 for members of this Indianapolis museum and $10.00 to Indianapolis peopleIndianapolis kids under six are admitted for FREE. The movies are shown in the gorgeous outdoor amphitheater on the ground of the IMA, facing the 100 Acres: Virginia B. Fairbanks Art and Nature Park. Doors open at 6:00 pm to members of the IMA and 6:30 pm to the public. The film begins at sunset.

Enjoy a full barbecue with cash bar before the Summer Nights Film Series for only $30.00 ($25.00 for members of this Indianapolis art museum). Barbecue tickets for kids at seven to ten are $19.00 for the public and $15.00 for members. For kids age four to six, tickets are $10.00. On the menu are freshly grilled hamburgers, hot dogs, black bean burger and a variety of summer salads and treats. Barbecue starts at 6:00 pm.

After the film head to the nearby Indianapolis cultural districtBroad Ripple Village, for cocktails from any of these Indianapolis restaurants or Indianapolis bars. Stay tuned to Indianapolis News, Events and Information on Fun City for all the latest on fun things to do in Indianapolis. We cover Indianapolis arts to Indianapolis sports and everything in between. Get out in Indy and find some fun! m Make the Circle City your playground!

Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Friday, July 23, 2010 at Dusk

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