The Missionary (1982)

R  |   |  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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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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When you have a fiancée, a lover and you have to lead 25 women of the night down the path of righteousness.; you must pray for more than guidance, you must pray for strength. See more »




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Release Date:

2 November 1982 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A misszionárius  »

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2.35 : 1
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George Harrison and Ringo Starr both visited the set. See more »


Deborah Fitzbanks: Everyone was asking after you. They're all terribly excited about the wedding.
Reverend Fortescue: Wedding?
Deborah Fitzbanks: OUR wedding!
Reverend Fortescue: Oh, yes... Yes.
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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 »


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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