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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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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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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 December 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Büyücü See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Blazer Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

John Fowles disliked this screen adaptation of his novel. 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

Maurice Conchis: [to Nicholas] Now, I will show you something. The ultimate reality. Not the hammer and sickle, not the stars and stripes, not lysergic acid, not the sun, not gold, not yin and yang. But
[reveals smile statue]
Maurice Conchis: The Smile.
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Michael Caine Goes To Greece
10 February 2005 | by cutterccbaxterSee all my reviews

A couple of years ago someone I worked with had a copy of this film and I dubbed a copy for myself. He mentioned the Woody Allen quote about the film which made me laugh, but I guess it also made me a little wary about watching it. I finally pulled it out last night and popped it my VCR. When I wasn't confused there were certain scenes that grabbed my attention. Oddly enough I have a copy of the novel which I haven't read (I say oddly because there are very few books that enter my sphere that go unread, so I'm sure I'll get around to it eventually). As the movie was playing I'd pick up the novel and think, "Boy this sure is a thick book. I bet there are all sorts of thoughts and ideas the characters have in it that aren't finding their way into the film." This isn't necessarily a bad thing, and I don't think movies based on literature have to be a dedicated recreation of their source material, but the film had an overall vague feeling to it. I'm guessing that many people who detest "The Magus" probably don't care for the ending. I know it left me feeling less than satisfied in relation to all the scenes that preceded it. It seemed like what with all that Michael Caine experienced during the course of the movie that a more profound conclusion was in order.


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