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The Missionary (1982)

 -  Comedy  -  2 November 1982 (USA)
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In 1905, after 10 years of missionary work in Africa, the Rev. Charles Fortesque is recalled to England, where his bishop gives him his new assignment - to minister to London's prostitutes.... See full summary »

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The Reverend Charles Fortescue
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Lady Isabel Ames
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Lord Henry Ames
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The Bishop
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Slatterthwaite / Narrator
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The Reverend Fitzbanks
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Corbett
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Deborah Fitzbanks
Tricia George ...
Ada
Valerie Whittington ...
Emmeline
Roland Culver ...
Lord Fermleigh
Rosamund Greenwood ...
Lady Fermleigh
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Parswell
Neil Innes ...
Singer in Gin Palace
John Barrett ...
Old Man outside Hotel
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In 1905, after 10 years of missionary work in Africa, the Rev. Charles Fortesque is recalled to England, where his bishop gives him his new assignment - to minister to London's prostitutes. Charles hopes Deborah, his fiancee, will object and give him an excuse to say no to the bishop. But she is so imperturbably innocent that she totally fails to understand what he is being asked to do, and urges him to do his best. Wealthy Lady Ames is expected to fund the work, but once she makes it clear to Charles that there will be no contribution unless he shares her bed... Written by James Barrett <jbarrett@sbastk.ess.sunysb.edu>

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He gave his body to save their souls. See more »

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2 November 1982 (USA)  »

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A misszionárius  »

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Trivia

First of two star teamings of actress Maggie Smith and actor Michael Palin. The second would be A Private Function (1984) around two years later. Actor Denholm Elliott appeared in both movies as well, as did another, Charles McKeown. See more »

Quotes

Lady Isabel Ames: I got it all wrong, didn't I?
Reverend Fortescue: What do you mean?
Lady Isabel Ames: I tried to convert the missionary.
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Crazy Credits

Pay close attention to the photo album during the end credits, the photos reveal details about the characters after the events of the film. See more »

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Referenced in What the Pythons Did Next... (2007) See more »

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Put On Your Ta-Ta Little Girlie
Written and Composed by Fred W. Leigh
Sung by Neil Innes
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23 December 2009 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

Despite the presence of Michael Palin, "The Missionary" is not a Monty Python movie. It certainly doesn't consist of the wry humor that Monty Python did. Rather, it's got the sort of humor where you sometimes have to listen hard to catch the jokes...that is, when the main stuff isn't happening. Palin plays a chaplain who returns from Africa to start a school to help the poor, but has to get on an aristocrat's (Maggie Smith) REALLY good side to acquire the funds. It appears to be the sort of movie that they made to have fun. The movies from George Harrison's company HandMade Films that I've seen (others include "Time Bandits" and "Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels") have always been good ones. I certainly recommend this one. Worth seeing.

Also starring Trevor Howard, Denholm Elliott, Michael Hordern, Graham Crowden, David Suchet, Phoebe Nicholls, Tricia George, Valerie Whittington, Roland Culver, Rosamund Greenwood, Timothy Spall and Neil Innes.


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