Magical Mystery Tour (1967)

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

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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

"Mystery tours" were popular in England as low-budget weekend getaways, riding overnight in a bus to a surprise location. Most of "Magical Mystery Tour" was filmed in a rented coach, filled with friends and acquaintances, Beatles office staff, a camera crew, and a handful of experienced actors, rambling around the English countryside one holiday weekend. Everyone was encouraged to invent their own characters, and let whatever was going to happen do so, and the results would have to be magical. Unfortunately this proved not to be the case, with most of the passengers "acting" like anybody would while traveling, mostly humdrum scenery passing by, and no "magical" destination actually planned out. John Lennon and George Harrison weren't interested in playing parts, and spent most of the trip sleeping or avoiding the cameras, while the hand-lettered MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR bus attracted curious onlookers, who began following them in droves. (Suggestions that the chaos mounting outside the bus be filmed, instead of the mundane dialogs going on inside, were not met warmly.) Lennon ultimately ordered the bus be stopped, then got out and personally tore the lettering off the sides, to end the spectacle. (He derided the whole program later as "The most expensive home movie ever made.") See more »

Goofs

Some of the linking shots of the bus driving along country lanes are obviously shot at a later date when the bus is empty of passengers. This is confirmed by Neil Aspinall in The Beatles "Anthology" book, where he describes taking the bus back out on the road again after filming had finished, purely to shoot some external links which had been forgotten. See more »

Quotes

Jolly Jimmy Johnson the Courier: Good morning ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls! Welcome to... Mmmagical Mystery Tour!
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Connections

Referenced in Rewind This! (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

The Fool on the Hill
Performed by The Beatles
Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney
Published by Capitol/EMI Records
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great music, good drunk fun
29 December 2001 | by See all my reviews

Such sourpusses out there! Anyone telling you that Beatles fans should pass this movie up is, well...NOT A BEATLES FAN. They are what John Lennon would refer to as a "day tripper". A part-timer. Not in it for the long-haul. Anyone truly fascinated with the Beatles' music and legacy, especially after thirty years hindsight, ought to be downright thrilled that these four amateur filmmakers could pull off such an original, amusing and tuneful homemovie (not to mention long-form video WAY before it's time) on their spare time between recording Sgt. Pepper and the White Album, no less. They got drunk, got on a bus and filmed away. They were free spirits with tons of love, and it shows. They obviously knew exactly what they were doing, and rough edges and all, it's quite charming after all these years. My father took me to see a double feature of Yellow Submarine and Magical Mystery Tour when I was eight, and I just can't believe how it holds up. Love them warts and all. Just as they made "Hey Jude" and "She Loves You", so did they make "Revoluton #9" and "Within You, Without You". Just as they made tight, economical movies, so did they make experimental ones like this. Four Stars(****), if not just because there's nothing like it, and never will be again.


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