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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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Isabel Jeans ...
Dame Agnes Grand
Caroline Blakiston ...
Hon. Esther Grand
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Captain Reginald K. Klaus (as Wilfrid Hyde White)
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Oxford Coach
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Laurence Faggot
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Ship's Vampire
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Traffic Warden 27
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Solitary Drinker
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Priestess of the Whip
Tom Boyle ...
My Man Jeff
Victor Maddern ...
Hot Dog Vendor
Terence Alexander ...
Mad Major
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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 <esutton@mindspring.com>

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

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Trivia

Two of the writers were John Cleese and Graham Chapman of Monty Python fame. The Python sketch "The Mouse Problem" was written for this movie, but was rejected by Peter Sellers. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Hamlet: [Laurence Harvey, onstage] "To be..."
Youngman Grand, Esq.: [loud enough to be heard, turning to Sir Guy] I've seen it.
Hamlet: "Or not to be... that is the question."
Youngman Grand, Esq.: Shakespeare, right?
Sir Guy Grand KG, KC, CBE: [whispers, eyes toward the stage] Right, and double right.
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Brilliant!!!
12 September 2003 | by (Houston, Texas) – See all my reviews



This film takes a brilliant thrust at British notions of class and propriety, if not Western Society as a whole. Peter Sellers plays Guy Grand, a man with a perverse sense of humor, and to whom money is no object. The film begins as Grand legally adopts a young vagrant, (a monosyllabic Ringo Star), and the two set out to turn everyday life into a kind of black surreality worthy of Monty Python. Though Grand has no spoken manifesto, his overriding goal is to mock, humiliate, and freak-out his pretentious peers via elaborate practical jokes, revealing the underlying hypocrisy of polite society. Ultimately Seller's character is dismayed when his social-experiments prove his suspicions: respectable citizens will do ANYTHING for money and prestige.

This movie is not for normal people, in fact, this movie hates you. Don't watch it. Go away.

(this movie has some colorful freak-out scenes that put Austin Powers to shame, especially when visually contrasted against the gray bleakness of industrial London)




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