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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Lumottu Beatles-matka  »

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Trivia

One artist who was cast in this film but didn't appear was Jimi Hendrix. Paul McCartney wanted him in the film, but Hendrix was already committed to play at the Monterey Pop Festival, his breakthrough performance. Ironically, McCartney was the person who suggested that Hendrix should get invited to play the festival. 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

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

References Rope (1948) See more »

Soundtracks

All My Loving
Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney
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Coom on, join in! What'sa matter with yer ?!
2 March 2001 | by (Tasmania) – See all my reviews

The silliness of this film seems to be lost on many Americans as a matter of cultural difference, but to anyone brought up in the British or Australian tradition it's a shambolic delight. There are many moments which stick in the mind, but my favourite is probably the sing-along in the bus, when a drunken Ringo begins singing "I've got a looverly boonch of coconuts..." and, upon getting no reply from his fellow travellers, loudly and stroppily remonstrates, "Coom on, join in! What'sa matter with yer ?!". Magical Mystery Tour has the amateur, string-and-stickytape appeal of the early Gumby series, but with the bonus of Northern English sensibilities and great Beatle songs. The poor boys were shattered after the death of Brian Epstein, John Lennon's marriage was coming to a very unfortunate end, they had had enough of so many things and were moving into a new and frightening phase of their lives : the film can be seen as an expression of all this angst overlaid with nostalgia for the Music Hall, Crazy Gang, Goon Show comedy and tragic sea-side holidays of their, and many of their fans', childhoods, and the sheer, magical power of their creative imaginations always looking forward to new possibilities. I love it.


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