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The Magus (1968)

A teacher on a Greek island becomes involved in bizarre mind-games with the island's magus (magician) and a beautiful young woman.

Director:

Guy Green

Writers:

John Fowles (screenplay), John Fowles (novel)
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Caine ... Nicholas Urfe
Anthony Quinn ... Maurice Conchis
Candice Bergen ... Lily
Anna Karina ... Anne
Paul Stassino ... Meli
Julian Glover ... Anton
Takis Emmanuel ... Kapetan
George Pastell ... Andreas-Priest
Danièle Noël Danièle Noël ... Soula (as Danielle Noel)
Jerome Willis ... 'False' German Officer
Ethel Farrugia Ethel Farrugia ... Maria
Andreas Malandrinos Andreas Malandrinos ... Goatherd (as Andreas Melandrinos)
George Kafkaris George Kafkaris ... Second Partisan
Anthony Newlands ... Party Host
Stack Constantino Stack Constantino ... Third Partisan
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Storyline

An English teacher arrives on a sleepy Greek island to take up a vacant teaching post. The last man to hold the post committed suicide under mysterious circumstances. Slowly but surely, he is drawn into a bizarre game engineered by a reclusive local magician. The deeper into the game he is drawn, the more he senses danger... yet cannot seem to untangle himself from the fascinating and compelling influence that the game is having on his mind. Written by Jonathon Dabell <barnabyrudge@hotmail.com>

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What is the Magus Game? The game is love. The game is lust. the vicious game is life itself...Or is it death?

Genres:

Drama | Fantasy | Mystery

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Trivia

John Lennon claimed that reading John Fowles' book changed his life. See more »

Goofs

In the rented room where the English professor will live while to continue the teaching work of his predecessor in the "Greek" island, there is a rather conspicuous historical XIX century Spanish painting by José Casado del Alisal which represents the first defeat of Napoleon's armies in Spain, in the city of Bailén, where Marechal Philippe Antoine Dupont de l'Estang surrendered to inexperienced Spanish General Castaños on 19 July 1808. Not quite a Hellenic topic, really. See more »

Quotes

[Nicholas hands a book to Conchis]
Nicholas Urfe: I came to return this.
Maurice Conchis: You came here to meet me. Please, life is short. My name is Conchis.
Nicholas Urfe: My name is Urfe. From the school. I find life long.
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Featured in Boston Legal: Juiced (2008) See more »

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Bad score, nice view
17 July 2003 | by pawlo-3See all my reviews

As other commentators I didn't quite know whether to expect the worst movie ever or an undiscovered pearl. Well, it is neither. For lovers of the novel, I feel the film is quite adequate and interesting. Hard to imagine how the film impressions someone who hasn't read the book. In my mind this could have been an excellent film, but for two aspects: the score is awful (especially in the mountain climbing sequence with Anne); the final "trial" is totally botched, filmed as a dream-sequence instead of reality, as it should be, and featuring a ridiculous robot. I wish I could do a re-make.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 December 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Magus See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Blazer Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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