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Director:
Writers:
Terry Southern (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:
Appealing even if chaotic See more (80 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:
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)
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)
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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
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:
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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:
Guy Grand suborns the Oxford boat crew into cheating during the boat race. Graham Chapman (who appears in the scene) was a graduate of Cambridge University and, given the Oxford-Cambridge rivalry, most likely would have appreciated the idea that the Oxford crew could be corrupted.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 Guy Grand KG, KC, CBE:[Lawrence Harvey performs a strip tease while playing Hamlet] This chap's taking licence in my view?See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Mad About the BoySee more »

FAQ

What is antiestablishmentarian?
What is antibiotic?
What is antipasto?
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34 out of 39 people found the following review useful.
Appealing even if chaotic, 6 October 1999
Author: JasonS-5 from Baltimore, Maryland

Terry Southern's novel, "The Magic Christian" is very different from the film. However the film, which was written by Southern, among other, still maintains the spirit of the novel.

The film is simply a series of vigniettes centering around Sir Guy Grand (Peter Sellers), and his adopted son, Youngman (Ringo Starr), who goes about "making things hot for people," by using his vast wealth to perpetrate elaborate practical jokes largely aimed at seeing how many of their principles people will give up for money.

The movie is very silly, fragmented, and horribly dated. > Now that you have heard the case against, I have to say that this is one of my favorite movies of all time. The movie destroys or humiliates all social icons, from the police, to "the old school," to the snobbish upper class, to the art world. Its great to see, and once you make up your mind that the movie is just a series of sketches, its funny, and immensely satisfying, albeit somewhat vicious.

Look for cameos by Yul Brynner (in drag), Spike Milligan (Sellers' partner in "The Goon Show"), John Lennon and Yoko Ono, among many others.

Other notes: The novel, "The Magic Christian" was banned for a time, because it was viewed as obscene. Peter Sellers loved this book, and after he read it, he sent copies of it to all of his friends. It might say something about his tragic and depressed personality, that he found this book, with its many vicious stabs against society, so appealing.

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