Magical Mystery Tour (1967)

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The Beatles charter a special bus for a surreal mystery tour.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Himself / Ticket Salesman / Magician with Coffee / Aunt Jessie's Waiter / Narrator (as The Beatles)
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Himself / Major McCartney / Brown Nosed Magician (as The Beatles)
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Himself / Magician Looking Through Telescope (as The Beatles)
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Himself / Talkative Magician (as The Beatles)
Vivian Stanshall ...
The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band (as The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band)
Neil Innes ...
The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band (as The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band)
Roger Ruskin Spear ...
The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band (as The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band)
'Legs' Larry Smith ...
The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band (as The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band)
Sam Spoons ...
The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band (as The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band)
Rodney Slater ...
The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band (as The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band)
Jan Carson ...
Stripper
George Claydon ...
Photographer
Ivor Cutler ...
Mr. Bloodvessel
Shirley Evans ...
Accordionist
Nat Jackley ...
Rubber Man
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Storyline

The Beatles first film since "Help" was largely Paul McCartney's project. The story follows a bus load of eccentric characters on a magic journey through the English countryside. Rather than a unified narrative, it becomes a series of psychedelic clips promoting various songs including "The Fool on the Hill," "Blue Jay Way," "Your Mother Should Know," "I Am the Walrus" and "Magical Mystery Tour." The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band are seen in a strip club playing "Death Cab for Cutie." Written by alfiehitchie

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Comedy | Musical

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26 December 1967 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Lumottu Beatles-matka  »

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Paul McCartney took a a few friends and a camera to the South of France to film the "Fool on the Hill" sequence which was (as he later conceded) against union rules. See more »

Goofs

Due to the semi-improvisational nature of the film, there are a lot of deliberate mistakes in continuity and plot. See more »

Quotes

John: I've got a present for you, do you know what it is?
Nichola: No.
John: Have a guess.
Nichola: No.
John: Go on, have a guess.
Nichola: No.
John: [angry] Have a guess!
Nichola: [laughing] No!
John: [stares at the camera] Well, you're going to get it anyway.
[blows the balloon]
[...]
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Connections

Referenced in Renaldo and Clara (1978) See more »

Soundtracks

Flying
Performed by The Beatles
Written by John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr
Published by Capitol/EMI Records
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Not as bad as everybody claimed it to be.
22 September 2002 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

When this was first released in the '60s, it was critically panned and was called the Beatles' first flop. I really never listen to critics anyway, and thought that while the story was pretty goofy, the camera use was pretty innovative for the time, and, after all, it's another chance to see the Beatles playing their songs. Movies like this make me wonder why MTV thinks they invented the music video. "I Am The Walrus" piece has kind of an odd suspense in the way it is filmed.


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