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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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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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12 December 1969 (UK)  »

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A csodatévő  »

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Trivia

Sellers wanted to film the final scene, of the vat of manure, at the base of the Statue of Liberty. Sellers, Starr, their families, entourage, and some of the film's production team traveled to New York on the luxury liner Queen Elizabeth 2. John Lennon and Yoko Ono hoped to join them and travel to the United States, but were not allowed, due to Lennon's being denied a US visa (lookalikes were filmed boarding instead). The footage at the Statue of Liberty was not used, and no filming was done on the ship. 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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Spoofs Battleship Potemkin (1925) See more »

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Rock of All Ages
Written by Tom Evans (as Tom), Pete Ham (as Pete) and Mike Gibbins (as Mike)
Recorded by Badfinger
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The pinnacle of British silliness at the movies for an entire decade.
15 April 2000 | by (The Republic of Texas) – See all my reviews

The pinnacle of British silliness at the movies for an entire decade: The mythical 60's. Mike Meyers could only dream of capturing this time and place with as much fun and style. British entertainment royalty by the truck load including half the Beatles, a decent chunck of Monty Python, Christopher Lee in a cape, and the late great Peter Sellers! Who could ask for more? Well there is always Roman Polanski as an innocent being picked up in a bar by a transvestite (who's identity revelation is the my favorite bit). And of course, who can forget Raquel Welch in her prime, and in a leather mini nothing with a whip. All of this in the context of the movie's namesake--The Love Boat cruise from hell. You will never again think of farm manure without recalling this movie's finale! Check it out.

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