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The Missionary (1982)

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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Slatterthwaite / Narrator
The Reverend Fitzbanks
Tricia George ...
Valerie Whittington ...
Roland Culver ...
Lord Fermleigh
Rosamund Greenwood ...
Neil Innes ...
Singer in Gin Palace
John Barrett ...
Old Man outside Hotel


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 <>

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




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Release Date:

2 November 1982 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A misszionárius  »

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Michael Palin performed a number of roles on this movie. Palin was sole writer, a producer and lead actor. The picture is also the only ever film where Palin is credited as a producer. See more »


[about Slatterthwaite]
Lord Ames: He really is the most disastrous butler. Can't we get rid of him?
Lady Isabel Ames: Of course we can't. He's been here for 25 years.
Lord Ames: I don't know why we ever got rid of Marcheson.
Lady Isabel Ames: You know perfectly well why we got rid of Marcheson.
Lord Ames: That was only a bit of harmless fun.
Lady Isabel Ames: Not for the parents.
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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 »


Referenced in Comedy Connections: Ripping Yarns (2008) See more »


Put On Your Ta-Ta Little Girlie
Written and Composed by Fred W. Leigh
Sung by Neil Innes
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Not so funny as it is charming
10 October 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I won't detail the plot as that's been covered rather extensively in the other comments. If you refrain from expecting a Monty Python movie, you'll find it much easier to enjoy The Missionary. It's not a Python movie. It's not outrageously funny though it does have some very funny moments, some hilarious. Most of the humor however is much more subtle, possibly too much so for many viewers. A great cast.

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