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The Ruling Class (1972)

A member of the House of Lords dies, leaving his estate to his son. Unfortunately, his son thinks he is Jesus Christ. The other, somewhat more respectable, members of their family plot to steal the estate from him. Murder and mayhem ensue.

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Hugh Owens ...
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William Mervyn ...
Coral Browne ...
James Villiers ...
Dinsdale Gurney
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Bishop Lampton
Hugh Burden ...
Matthew Peake
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Henry Woolf ...
Inmate
Griffith Davies ...
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Oliver MacGreevy ...
Inmate (as Oliver McGreevy)
Kay Walsh ...
Patsy Byrne ...
Mrs. Pamela Treadwell
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A member of the House of Lords dies in a shockingly silly way, leaving his estate to his son. Unfortunately, his son is insane: he thinks he is Jesus Christ. The other somewhat-more respectable members of their family plot to steal the estate from him. Murder and mayhem ensues. Written by Mark Logan <marklo@west.sun.com>

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25 May 1972 (UK)  »

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A Classe Dominante  »

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Trivia

Peter O'Toole and Coral Browne have previously appeared together in The Night of the Generals (1967). See more »

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When they are burying Lady Gurney, the camera casts a shadow over the grave stones and ground. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Toastmaster: My Lords. Gentlemen. Pray silence for Ralph Douglas Christopher Alexander Gurney, the thirteenth Earl of Gurney.
13th Earl of Gurney: The aim of the Society of Saint George is to keep Gurney a memory of England. We were once the rulers of the greatest empire the world has ever known. Ruled not by superior force or skill, but by sheer presence.
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References The Prisoner (1967) See more »

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Ten Little Nigger Boys
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Arranged by John Cameron
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An Excellent dark comedy with biting social commentary.
24 October 1999 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

This is an excellent movie, but don't watch it expecting it to be purely a dark comedy. There is a lot of humor in it--often very bizarre humor--but it is primarily a very powerful statement about what can happen when, for the sake of social acceptability, a human mind is forced into a mold that doesn't fit. In my opinion, the British ruling class was chosen to illustrate this point only because they do have very rigid rules about what kind of behavior is socially acceptable and what is simply "not done." It's statement about the dangers of excessive self-repression apply equally to us all.


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