Tuesday, October 7, 2008

"Strange Women Lying In Ponds Distributing Swords Is No Basis For A System Of Government"

ARTHUR: Please! Please, good people. I am in haste. Who lives in that castle?

WOMAN: No one lives there.

ARTHUR: Then who is your lord?

WOMAN: We don't have a lord.

ARTHUR: What?

DENNIS: I told you. We're an anarcho-syndicalist commune. We take it in turns to act as a sort of executive officer for the week...

ARTHUR: Yes.

DENNIS: ...but all the decisions of that officer have to be ratified at a special bi-weekly meeting...

ARTHUR: Yes, I see.

DENNIS: ...by a simple majority in the case of purely internal affairs,...

ARTHUR: Be quiet!

DENNIS: ...but by a two-thirds majority in the case of more major--

ARTHUR: Be quiet! I order you to be quiet!

WOMAN: Order, eh? Who does he think he is? Heh.

ARTHUR: I am your king!

WOMAN: Well, I didn't vote for you.

ARTHUR: You don't vote for kings.

WOMAN: Well, how did you become King, then?

ARTHUR: The Lady of the Lake,... [angels sing] ...her arm clad in the purest shimmering samite, held aloft Excalibur from the bosom of the water signifying by Divine Providence that I, Arthur, was to carry Excalibur.
[singing stops]
That is why I am your king!

DENNIS: Listen. 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.

ARTHUR: Be quiet!

DENNIS: Well, but you can't expect to wield supreme executive power just 'cause some watery tart threw a sword at you!

ARTHUR: Shut up!

DENNIS: I mean, if I went 'round saying I was an emperor just because some moistened bint had lobbed a scimitar at me, they'd put me away!

ARTHUR: Shut up, will you? Shut up!

So, you either love it or hate it. I, for one, still lose it when I watch Monty Python and The Holy Grail. And, like other lovers of this movie, once you start me on lines, I can't quit. The portion of the scene above is hilarious to me.

Yes, I think it's the funniest movie ever. How about you? What movie do find funny every time you watch it? Have a favorite line? Please share!

8 comments:

Gary Rith Pottery Blog said...

and a little later
"its just a little bunny!!!!"--I love ANYTHING Python..and then there's Spinal Tap...

Meaghan said...

Stopping by to say hello and wish you a happy week!

-Meaghan

Mrs. Who said...

I wonder how many others knew instantly you were talking about Arthur with your blog title?

I'm not a HUGE fan of Monty Python but enjoy some of it.

I guess our classic hilarious movie is "Animal House".

Ronnica said...

I know I'd like it, but I have only seen part of the beginning, and that was when I was very, very sleepy.

Veggie Mom said...

Well, as long as you asked, and it's in the same vein...A Fish Called Wanda. "Don't call me stupid." "Why on earth not?" Hey, thanks so much for coming by yesterday and participating in my SITS Featured Blogger Day in the Sun! I was sooooooooo surprised to "get the call" (the e-mail?) on Sunday nite! And I just LOVED seeing some of my Bloggy Friends among the mass of "commenters"!

Becky Welch said...

thanks for coming by today via BATW. I hope you enjoyed your time in TN. We use to visit Houston when we lived in San Antonio. I love that city. Come back again sometime!

Melissa B. said...

And now, for something completely different...a man with three legs? You're right-o again, Lynda. Thanks for making me laugh out loud!

Cheri @ Blog This Mom! said...

I can't believe there exists anyone who doesn't love it.

Thanks for the birthday wishes. ;-)

 
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