Friday, May 13, 2011

The Holy Hand Grenade

Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
by Monty Python

Armaments Chapter Two Verses Nine to Twenty-One: 

"And St. Attila raised the hand grenade up on high saying 'O Lord, bless this Thy hand grenade that with it Thou mayest blow Thine enemies to tiny bits, in Thy mercy' and the Lord did grin and the people did feast upon the lambs and sloths and carp and anchovies and orangutans and breakfast cereals and fruit bats.  And the Lord spake, saying, 'First shalt thou take out the Holy Pin, then shalt thou count to three, no more, no less.  Three shall be the number thou shalt count, and the number of the counting shall be three.  Four shalt thou not count neither count thou two, excepting that thou then proceed to three.  Five is right out.  Once the number three, being the third number, be reached then lobbest thou thy Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch towards thy foe, who being naughty in My sight, shall snuff it.'"

In my typically-not-so-humble opinion, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, written by Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin, is the single funniest movie ever filmed.  Behind Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, the subject of yesterday's post, it is also my second most-quoted screenplay.

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