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Magical Mystery Tour (1967)

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The Beatles charter a special bus for a surreal mystery tour.

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George Harrison (as The Beatles), John Lennon (as The Beatles) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band ... (as Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band)
Jan Carson Jan Carson ... Stripper
George Claydon ... Photographer
Ivor Cutler Ivor Cutler ... Mr. Bloodvessel
Shirley Evans Shirley Evans ... Accordionist
Nat Jackley Nat Jackley ... Rubber Man
Nicola Hale Nicola Hale ... Little Girl (as Nichola)
Jessie Robins Jessie Robins ... Ringo's Aunt (as Jessie Robbins)
Derek Royle Derek Royle ... Jolly Jimmy
Victor Spinetti ... Army Sergeant
Miranda Forbes Miranda Forbes ... Hostess Wendy Winters (as Mandy Weet)
Maggie Wright ... Starlet
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Storyline

The Beatles first film since "Help" was largely Paul McCartney's project. The story follows a bus load of eccentric characters on a magic journey through the English countryside. Rather than a unified narrative, it becomes a series of psychedelic clips promoting various songs including "The Fool on the Hill," "Blue Jay Way," "Your Mother Should Know," "I Am the Walrus" and "Magical Mystery Tour." The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band are seen in a strip club playing "Death Cab for Cutie." Written by alfiehitchie

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 December 1967 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Lumottu Beatles-matka See more »

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Mono | Stereo (1988 re-release)

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The third of five movies that feature The Beatles. See more »

Goofs

Some of the linking shots of the bus driving along country lanes are obviously shot at a later date when the bus is empty of passengers. This is confirmed by Neil Aspinall in The Beatles "Anthology" book, where he describes taking the bus back out on the road again after filming had finished, purely to shoot some external links which had been forgotten. See more »

Quotes

John: I've got a present for you, do you know what it is?
Nichola: No.
John: Have a guess.
Nichola: No.
John: Go on, have a guess.
Nichola: No.
John: [angry] Have a guess!
Nichola: [laughing] No!
John: [stares at the camera] Well, you're going to get it anyway.
[blows the balloon]
[...]
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Crazy Credits

Made in England by The Beatles See more »

Connections

References Rope (1948) See more »

Soundtracks

I Am the Walrus
(uncredited)
Performed by The Beatles
Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney
Published by Capitol/EMI Records
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Coom on, join in! What'sa matter with yer ?!
2 March 2001 | by cerdoSee all my reviews

The silliness of this film seems to be lost on many Americans as a matter of cultural difference, but to anyone brought up in the British or Australian tradition it's a shambolic delight. There are many moments which stick in the mind, but my favourite is probably the sing-along in the bus, when a drunken Ringo begins singing "I've got a looverly boonch of coconuts..." and, upon getting no reply from his fellow travellers, loudly and stroppily remonstrates, "Coom on, join in! What'sa matter with yer ?!". Magical Mystery Tour has the amateur, string-and-stickytape appeal of the early Gumby series, but with the bonus of Northern English sensibilities and great Beatle songs. The poor boys were shattered after the death of Brian Epstein, John Lennon's marriage was coming to a very unfortunate end, they had had enough of so many things and were moving into a new and frightening phase of their lives : the film can be seen as an expression of all this angst overlaid with nostalgia for the Music Hall, Crazy Gang, Goon Show comedy and tragic sea-side holidays of their, and many of their fans', childhoods, and the sheer, magical power of their creative imaginations always looking forward to new possibilities. I love it.


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