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Director:
Writers:
Terry Southern (screenplay) &
Joseph McGrath (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
12 December 1969 (UK) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
The Magic Christian is: antiestablishmentarian, antibellum, antitrust, antiseptic, antibiotic, antisocial & antipasto.
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
User Reviews:
"Just Wanted to See if You Had Your Price...Most of Us Do..." See more (81 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Peter Sellers ... Sir Guy Grand

Ringo Starr ... Youngman Grand

Isabel Jeans ... Dame Agnes Grand
Caroline Blakiston ... Hon. Esther Grand

Wilfrid Hyde-White ... Captain Reginald K. Klaus (as Wilfrid Hyde White)

Richard Attenborough ... Oxford Coach

Leonard Frey ... Laurence Faggot

Laurence Harvey ... Hamlet

Christopher Lee ... Ship's Vampire

Spike Milligan ... Traffic Warden 27

Roman Polanski ... Solitary Drinker

Raquel Welch ... Priestess of the Whip
Tom Boyle ... My Man Jeff
Victor Maddern ... Hot Dog Vendor
Terence Alexander ... Mad Major
Peter Bayliss ... Pompous Toff
Joan Benham ... Socialite in Sotheby's
Patrick Cargill ... Auctioneer at Sotheby's

John Cleese ... Director in Sotheby's

Clive Dunn ... Sommelier
Fred Emney ... Fitzgibbon
Kenneth Fortescue ... Snob in Sotheby's
Patrick Holt ... Duke in Sotheby's
David Hutcheson ... Lord Barry
Hattie Jacques ... Ginger Horton
Jeremy Lloyd ... Lord Hampton
David Lodge ... Ship's Guide
Ferdy Mayne ... Edouard

Dennis Price ... Winthrop
Robert Raglan ... Maltravers
Graham Stark ... Waiter
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Carmel Stratton ... Rowing girl
Michael Aspel ... Himself - TV Commentator (uncredited)
Michael Barratt ... Himself - TV Commentator (uncredited)
Sean Barry-Weske ... John Lennon Lookalike (uncredited)

Yul Brynner ... Transvestite Cabaret Singer (uncredited)
Harry Carpenter ... Himself - TV Commentator (uncredited)
Pauline Chamberlain ... Spectator at Boxing Match (uncredited)

Graham Chapman ... Oxford Crew (uncredited)
Kimberley Chung ... Yoko Ono Lookalike (uncredited)
Jimmy Clitheroe ... Passenger on Ship (uncredited)
George Cooper ... Losing Boxer's Second (uncredited)
Roland Culver ... Sir Herbert (uncredited)
W. Barrington Dalby ... Himself - TV Commentator (uncredited)
Freddie Earlle ... Sol (uncredited)
Maria Frost ... Slave Girl (uncredited)
Gail Gilmore ... Girl in Bar (uncredited)
Peter Graves ... Lord at Ship's Bar (uncredited)
James Laurenson ... Oxford Crew (uncredited)

John Le Mesurier ... Sir John (uncredited)

Rick Lester ... Taxi driver (uncredited)
Guy Middleton ... Duke of Mantisbriar (uncredited)
Peter Myers ... Lord Kilgallon (uncredited)
Nosher Powell ... Ike Jones (uncredited)
Roy Scammell ... Bodybuilder (uncredited)
Birthe Sector ... Slave Girl (uncredited)
Edward Sinclair ... Park Attendant (uncredited)
John Snagge ... Himself - TV Commentator (uncredited)
Leon Thau ... Engine Room Toff (uncredited)

Frank Thornton ... Police Inspector (uncredited)
Michael Trubshawe ... Sir Lionel (uncredited)
Edward Underdown ... Prince Henry (uncredited)
Rita Webb ... Woman in Park (uncredited)
Alan Whicker ... Himself - TV Commentator (uncredited)
Polly Williams ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Joseph McGrath 
 
Writing credits
Terry Southern (screenplay) &
Joseph McGrath (screenplay)

Terry Southern (novel)

Graham Chapman (additional material) &
John Cleese (additional material) &
Peter Sellers (additional material)

Produced by
Denis O'Dell .... producer
Anthony B. Unger .... executive producer
Henry T. Weinstein .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Ken Thorne 
 
Cinematography by
Geoffrey Unsworth (photographed by)
 
Film Editing by
Kevin Connor 
 
Casting by
John Merrick 
 
Production Design by
Assheton Gorton 
 
Art Direction by
George Djurkovic 
 
Costume Design by
Evangeline Harrison  (as Vangie Harrison)
 
Makeup Department
Harry Frampton .... makeup artist
Joyce James .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Victor Peck .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Roger Simons .... assistant director
Raymond Becket .... third assistant director (uncredited)
Ray Freeborn .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Peta Button .... set dresser
Alf Pegley .... property master (as Alfred Pegley)
Roger King .... assistant art director (uncredited)
George Lack .... draughtsperson (uncredited)
Peter Woods .... scenic artist (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Brian Holland .... sound editor
Gerry Humphreys .... dubbing mixer
Peter Sutton .... sound mixer
David Badger .... boom operator (uncredited)
Peter Burgess .... first assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Brian Hunter .... sound maintenance engineer (uncredited)
Dave Maiden .... sound effects mixer (uncredited)
Robin O'Donoghue .... assistant dubbing mixer (uncredited)
Ken Reynolds .... sound camera operator (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Brian Gamby .... special effects (uncredited)
Garth Inns .... special effects (uncredited)
Curly Nelhams .... special effects (uncredited)
Jimmy Ward .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Wally Veevers .... visual special effects
 
Stunts
Rick Lester .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Nosher Powell .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Peter MacDonald .... camera operator
John Campbell .... follow focus cameraman (uncredited)
Cedric James .... clapper loader (uncredited)
Bruce McBroom .... still photographer (uncredited)
Peter Saddington .... camera maintenance engineer (uncredited)
John Young .... stills photographer (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Stewart Brown .... film laboratory contact (uncredited)
Rita Burgess .... first assistant editor (uncredited)
Amanda Palmer .... second assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Ken Thorne .... conductor
 
Other crew
Lionel Blair .... choreographer
David Griffith .... location manager
Maggie Unsworth .... continuity
Gerry Butler .... stills laboratory (uncredited)
Gladys Pearce .... production secretary (uncredited)
Louise Stein .... assistant production secretary: New York (uncredited)
Tony Tweedale .... production publicist (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
92 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Iceland:L | Netherlands:14 (1970) | UK:A (original rating) | UK:15 (video rating) | USA:PG | USA:M (original rating)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 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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Soundtrack:
Mad About the BoySee more »

FAQ

What is antisocial?
Who or what is the Magic Christian?
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12 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
"Just Wanted to See if You Had Your Price...Most of Us Do...", 3 July 2006
Author: tom-darwin from United States

No one slices comedy with an obsidian knife the way Terry Southern does. Guy Grand changes from the American zillionaire in the novel to an English gentleman tycoon (Sellers) & gains a soulmate when he adopts scruffy vagrant Youngman (Starr), but Southern's unique low-key, vicious zaniness remains. The pair's purpose in life is to skewer institutions in particular & society in general by bribing, with their unlimited wealth, professionals, experts & officials to humiliate themselves and/or their employers. Some of the novel's funniest scenes make it to the screen, including: free cash given away to those willing to wade into vats of hideous filth to get it; Big Fang, the "Congo Black Dog," wreaking havoc at Crufts; Guy's dining experience at Chez Edouard; a traffic officer (Milligan) paid to eat Guy's parking ticket; and, of course, the "Magic Christian," the cruise ship from Hell. Worthy additions include Laurence Harvey turning Hamlet's soliloquy into a striptease ("with a bare, bare bodkin!"), Attenborough helping to turn the Oxford & Cambridge crew race into a "punch-up," and Guy collecting "French noses" at Sotheby's art auction. Sellers is perfectly deadpan & dignified as the tycoon whose determination to find everyone's price is even more believable today, the age of "Fear Factor" & "Big Brother," than in the 1970s. Starr, at the height of his creativity before his solo career spun into jaded dissolution, is just right as Guy's sounding board (as in their ambition to rewrite great books, including the Bible, with the nouns left blank for the readers to fill in). Graham Chapman & John Cleese demonstrate their trademark Python casual nonsequiturs ("the crowd seems sickened by the sight of no blood!") as well as playing small parts: Chapman as the (nearly) incorruptible Oxford crew captain & Cleese a pompous art expert. But it's the "Magic Christian"--Guy's ultimate prank--with her all-star, wacky crew that puts the film over the top. Hyde-White is the clueless captain (or is he?), Welch the chief engineer, AKA "Priestess of the Whip," Frey the cloying shrink, Lee the bloodthirsty steward & Polanski the silent drinker. And don't miss that lounge singer! Like most Southern & Python films (and Marx Bros. films before that), "The Magic Christian" doesn't so much wrap up as end simply when it runs out of gags. It's best appreciated for the sum of its parts, but in that it never misses a beat. No collection of satirical films--or Python or Sellers movies--is complete without it.

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