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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26 December 1967 (UK)  »

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Trivia

While the film bombed both times it appeared on British television, and was never broadcast by the US networks, it did become a modest success on the American midnight and college movie circuits in the 1970s. As in the case of reruns of their 1965 Shea Stadium NYC concert, this film has been shown sporadicly on US independent and public TV stations. See more »

Goofs

Camera reflected in window during a shot of a seaside town during the title sequence. 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

Featured in Get Back (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

Blue Jay Way
Performed by The Beatles
Written by George Harrison
Published by Capitol/EMI Records
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Had read the bad press for years, risked it - loved it!
18 June 1999 | by (Scotland) – See all my reviews

Having read the story of the "disastrous" and "shambolic" Magical Mystery Tour in various publications for years I wondered what I was doing purchasing the DVD. After all I hadn't really enjoyed "Hard Days Night" or "Help" (though I liked Yellow Submarine). From the second the title burst on the screen though, a grin spread over my face and stayed there even after the end. I loved it! Ringo was excellent, his scenes arguing with his aunt were priceless. The music was fab and the "Flying" sequence was brilliant. The "white album" is my favourite and this film is the visual equivalent. 10/10.


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