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The Magic Christian (1969)

M | | Comedy | 12 December 1969 (UK)
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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Ship's Vampire
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My Man Jeff
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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 world's richest man and the world's poorest boy are getting it ready now...and everybody, everywhere, will be a little worse off for it. See more »

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12 December 1969 (UK)  »

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Um Beatle no Paraíso  »

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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 »

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In the "free money scene", Guy Grand accepts a delivery of "100 gallons of blood, 200 gallons of urine, 500 cubic feet of animal manure", but the tanker truck and the vat it fills hold many thousands of gallons. See more »

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Sir Guy Grand KG, KC, CBE: [as he and Youngman admire a painting] I like school of Rembrandt.
Youngman Grand, Esq.: St. Rembrandt's High.
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References Men in White (1934) See more »

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Rock of All Ages
Written by Tom Evans (as Tom) Pete Ham (as Pete) & Mike Gibbins (as Mike)
Recorded by Badfinger (as Bad Finger)
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It's Grand to be Grand!
30 January 1999 | by (Eureka! CA USA) – See all my reviews

Peter Sellers stars as Sir Guy Grand, a fabulously wealthy eccentric who gets to do anything and everything he wants to by liberally greasing the palms of those less fortunate (and wealthy) than himself. Lacking an heir, he adopts a homeless derelict (Ringo Starr) who becomes Youngman Grand and joins him in a series of wild and wacky misadventures. In his apparently never ending quest to prove that everyone has their price, Sir Guy and his newly adopted heir are joined by a host of other notables in cameo roles including Richard Attenborough, John Cleese, Laurence Harvey, Christopher Lee, Roman Polanski, Yul Brynner and Raquel Welch. The movie is based on a book by Terry Southern (who wrote the screenplay for another Peter Sellers classic - "Dr. Strangelove") with Monty Python alumni Graham Chapman and John Cleese lending a hand in the screenplay. This is a movie that has everything: great writers, great actors, well-known comtemporary celebrities and a rapid-fire barrage of parodies and spoofs of almost everything we hold dear, including greed, gluttony, racism and incompetency. If this movie does not make you laugh out loud (frequently) you should consider getting treatment for a severe case of humor deficiency.


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