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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:
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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
Lincoln Webb ... Bodybuilder
Lewis Alexander ... Spectator at Boxing Match (uncredited)
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)
Victor Harrington ... Spectator at Boxing Match (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)
Guy Standeven ... City Gent (uncredited)
John Tatum ... Man in Cinema (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:
Many of the Central London exterior and building shots were filmed in and around Westminster School, London.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:
Hamlet:[Laurence Harvey, onstage] "To be..."
Youngman Grand, Esq.:[loud enough to be heard, turning to Sir Guy] I've seen it.
Hamlet:"Or not to be... that is the question."
Youngman Grand, Esq.:Shakespeare, right?
Sir Guy Grand KG, KC, CBE:[whispers, eyes toward the stage] Right, and double right.
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Movie Connections:
Spoofs Battleship Potemkin (1925)See more »
Soundtrack:
Something In The AirSee more »

FAQ

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12 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Painfully Dated, 29 August 2005
Author: Theo Robertson from Isle Of Bute, Scotland

This was shown earlier tonight on BBC 2 as a " Paul Merton shows us his favourite comedy moments " themed night and similar to those MOVIEDROME segments from many years ago Merton introduced the movie and its background . Apparently on its release the critics hated it while everyone who went to watch it in the cinema ( In those days you could smoke in cinemas ) took a dubious brand of tobacco with them

It's very easy to see why critics hated it at the time . These were people who had at the start of the decade seen countless British kitchen sink dramas , then saw by the mid 1960s British movies financed and produced by Hollywood , movies like DR NO and ZULU but by the late 60s were watching full blown psychedelic things like this . I guess it was too " Mod " for the critics . Evidentally it was made for a youth culture audience who bought records by The Doors , Jimi Hendrix and like their tobacco to be a little more exotic than the stuff you bought in the corner shop

As for the film itself it's impossible to review in 2005 since it's a film on its time ( Merton pointed this out in his introduction ) and resembles one of those anti narrative plots similar to what Richard Lester was making . I goes without saying it's painfully dated and I couldn't understand what the heck it's about and many scenes reflect this . Laurence Harvey does Hamlet then strips naked , Roman Polanski stands at a bar as the colour changes to a green sepia while several scenes look like they're an advert break or a pop video or were included because it seemed like an amusing idea . If you were old enough to enjoy the 1960s you might still enjoy this movie as a nostalgic period piece comedy . If it was before or after your time you'll probably not enjoy it

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