And Now for Something Completely Different (1971): Monty Python

Though made in 1971, Monty Python’s “And Now For Something Completely Different” was first released in the U.S. in 1973,

The movie, directed by Ian McNaughton, began to exert pop culture impact, once it began playing the midnight-movie circuit, after the PBS airing of the Monty Python’s “Flying Circus” TV series.

Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin and Terry Gilliam are the Pythonites, alongside semi-regulars Carol Cleveland and Connie Booth.

The sketches presented include such classics as “The Lumberjack Song”, “Hell’s Grannies”, “The Upperclass Twit of the Year Race”, and “The Dead Parrot”.

Terry Gilliam, the only American in the group, does not appear in the picture, but his surreal animated-cartoons serve as buffers between the diverse (and uneven in quality) sketches.

Essential viewing for the Monty Python’s fans and viewers who like British comedy at its most eccentric

Running time: 89 Minutes