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The Magic Christian (1969)

M  |   |  Comedy  |  12 December 1969 (UK)
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Sir Guy Grand, the richest man in the world, adopts a homeless boy, Youngman. Together, they set out to prove that anyone--and anything--can be bought with money.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Caroline Blakiston ...
Hon. Esther Grand
Captain Reginald K. Klaus (as Wilfrid Hyde White)
Oxford Coach
Laurence Faggot
Ship's Vampire
Traffic Warden 27
Solitary Drinker
Priestess of the Whip
Tom Boyle ...
My Man Jeff
Victor Maddern ...
Hot Dog Vendor
Terence Alexander ...
Mad Major


Sir Guy Grand adopts homeless bum Youngman to be heir to his obscene wealth, and immediately begins bringing him into the intricacies of the family business, which is to prey upon people's greed by use of the vast holdings of the Grand empire. They leave no stone unturned as sporting events, restaurants, art galleries, and traditional pheasant hunts turn into lurid displays of bad manners and profiteering. Things climax at the social event of the season, the inaugural voyage of the new pleasure cruiser The Magic Christian. Written by Ed Sutton <>

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The Magic Christian is: antiestablishmentarian, antibellum, antitrust, antiseptic, antibiotic, antisocial & antipasto.




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12 December 1969 (UK)  »

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Um Beatle no Paraíso  »

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Ringo Starr's character Youngman wasn't in the original book. The part was written especially for him, with many of Guy's early exploits adapted as Youngman's. See more »


At Auchengillen Station, Guy Grand's car is blocked by a police car which pulls to a halt across its path. After a brief conversation, Grand's car drives off unimpeded. The Police Car has shifted to the side. See more »


Sir Herbert: [pleads with Laurence, the ship's doctor] If you could please just give me some tranquilizers...
Laurence Faggot: Escape into drugs? Mask your fears in an artificial fog? Oh, surely you can't be serious.
Sir Herbert: Oh, well... give me some decent English aspirin!
Laurence Faggot: [pulls out a lit marijuana joint] Here, Sir Herb, try this. It's just what the doctor ordered.
Sir Herbert: What is it?
Laurence Faggot: It's cannabis, Sir Herb.
[inhales, then, choked]
Laurence Faggot: It'll tighten your wig.
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Referenced in Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In: Episode #3.26 (1970) See more »


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Painfully Dated
29 August 2005 | by (Isle Of Bute , Scotland) – See all my reviews

This was shown earlier tonight on BBC 2 as a " Paul Merton shows us his favourite comedy moments " themed night and similar to those MOVIEDROME segments from many years ago Merton introduced the movie and its background . Apparently on its release the critics hated it while everyone who went to watch it in the cinema ( In those days you could smoke in cinemas ) took a dubious brand of tobacco with them

It's very easy to see why critics hated it at the time . These were people who had at the start of the decade seen countless British kitchen sink dramas , then saw by the mid 1960s British movies financed and produced by Hollywood , movies like DR NO and ZULU but by the late 60s were watching full blown psychedelic things like this . I guess it was too " Mod " for the critics . Evidentally it was made for a youth culture audience who bought records by The Doors , Jimi Hendrix and like their tobacco to be a little more exotic than the stuff you bought in the corner shop

As for the film itself it's impossible to review in 2005 since it's a film on its time ( Merton pointed this out in his introduction ) and resembles one of those anti narrative plots similar to what Richard Lester was making . I goes without saying it's painfully dated and I couldn't understand what the heck it's about and many scenes reflect this . Laurence Harvey does Hamlet then strips naked , Roman Polanski stands at a bar as the colour changes to a green sepia while several scenes look like they're an advert break or a pop video or were included because it seemed like an amusing idea . If you were old enough to enjoy the 1960s you might still enjoy this movie as a nostalgic period piece comedy . If it was before or after your time you'll probably not enjoy it

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