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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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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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A csodatévő  »

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Trivia

During the filming of scenes with the topless "slave" girls rowing the ship, the actors kept deliberately flubbing their lines just so they could watch the girls. 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

Sir Guy Grand KG, KC, CBE: [Lawrence Harvey performs a strip tease while playing Hamlet] This chap's taking licence in my view?
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Referenced in The Unknown Peter Sellers (2000) See more »

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Carry On Till Tomorrow
Written by Tom Evans (as Tom) & Pete Ham (as Pete)
Recorded by Badfinger
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24 March 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This is a fine, fine film!

I expected this film to have a much more sizeable cult following, considering it's really unlike almost any film ever made, and just about everyone you'd know from the British comedy scene at the time stars, and Sellers, Terry Southern (writer of "Dr Strangelove"), Graham Chapman and John Cleese wrote the script.

You might say "too many cooks...", but not a bit of it! It's hilarious from start to finish, and plays out like a surreal dream of one man alone. No over-written, soulless, think-tank comedy offering is this.

It works also as a social commentary, as Sellers' character Sir Guy Grand KG, KC, CBE sets out into polite upper-crust society with Ringo Starr, playing his newly adopted son and heir, Youngman Grand, Esq. (aren't you laughing already?) to prove that anyone will do anything for money. He achieves his aim, and unearths many more absurdities along the way.

Class, tradition, sport, authority and a whole plethora of everyday realities are all unmasked and shown to be meaningless facades when faced with the unexpected.

Having said this, it's the truly unexpected comedy moments that I love this film for, and the sense that anything is possible if the absurd reality we live in is.

I haven't even attempted an objective review of this film, but any comedy defies objective analysis to an extent. This one especially. I simply loved it.


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