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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:
Brilliant!!! See more (82 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)
Roy Lansford ... Theatregoer (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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Language:
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:
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:
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 John:[Oxford has just purposely rammed Cambridge, at the annual Boat Race] It would never have happened in my day!
Sir Guy Grand KG, KC, CBE:Nor mine!
Youngman Grand, Esq.:Well, it's happenin' in mine!
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Movie Connections:
Featured in Will the Real Mr Sellers.....? (1968) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Come and Get ItSee more »

FAQ

What is antibellum?
What is antiseptic?
What is antisocial?
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30 out of 35 people found the following review useful.
Brilliant!!!, 12 September 2003
Author: toaster917 from Houston, Texas



This film takes a brilliant thrust at British notions of class and propriety, if not Western Society as a whole. Peter Sellers plays Guy Grand, a man with a perverse sense of humor, and to whom money is no object. The film begins as Grand legally adopts a young vagrant, (a monosyllabic Ringo Star), and the two set out to turn everyday life into a kind of black surreality worthy of Monty Python. Though Grand has no spoken manifesto, his overriding goal is to mock, humiliate, and freak-out his pretentious peers via elaborate practical jokes, revealing the underlying hypocrisy of polite society. Ultimately Seller's character is dismayed when his social-experiments prove his suspicions: respectable citizens will do ANYTHING for money and prestige.

This movie is not for normal people, in fact, this movie hates you. Don't watch it. Go away.

(this movie has some colorful freak-out scenes that put Austin Powers to shame, especially when visually contrasted against the gray bleakness of industrial London)



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