Sure, it’s a piece of our cultural fabric now — but back in the 1970s, Monty Python and the Holy Grail was just a really weird movie from some really funny guys.
An internal studio letter dated 1974 has surfaced via Twitter, showing some of the behind-the-scenes negotiations involved in getting the film released at an acceptable rating for the theatrical release. Turns out a few of the film’s more iconic lines were potentially on the chopping block to get the film rated down for a wider audience. Sure, the F-bomb makes sense — but we still don’t know why “I fart in your general direction” is a problem. That’s just funny.
Luckily for us, the team at Monty Python were savvy enough to work it all out in the end.
Check out the vintage letter below and let us know what you think:
(Via Richard Edwards)