Sir Guy Grand (Peter Sellers) adopts homeless bum Youngman (Sir Ringo Starr) to be heir to his obscene wealth, and immediately begins bringing him into the intricacies of the family business, which is to prey upon people's greed by use of the vast holdings of the Grand empire. They leave no stone unturned as sporting events, restaurants, art galleries, and traditional pheasant hunts turn into lurid displays of bad manners and profiteering. Things climax at the social event of the season, the inaugural voyage of the new pleasure cruiser, "The Magic Christian".
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The world's richest man and the world's poorest boy are getting it ready now...and everybody, everywhere, will be a little worse off for it.
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Did You Know?
Peter Sellers gave Stanley Kubrick a copy of the original novel during the filming of Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964), in the hope Kubrick would want to direct an adaptation. While Kubrick passed on the idea, author Terry Southern became a key contributor to the "Dr. Strangelove" script, as Kubrick changed his approach from drama to comedy. See more
In the "free money" scene, Guy Grand accepts a delivery of "100 gallons of blood, 200 gallons of urine, 500 cubic feet of animal manure", but the tanker truck and the vat it fills hold many thousands of gallons.
Incorrectly regarded as goof: "500 cubic feet" of anything (manure in this case) would be 3,114 gallons (imperial), and therefore the fetid mixture would indeed fill a vat of "thousands of gallons". See more
Ah! My Second World War Nazi atrocity book came at last.
[turns to Youngman, dog in her lap, and browses the book
Do you know what Bitsy and I do? We sit down and imagine all those atrocities being done to sex criminals. - Yes, sex criminals and the like. And that Dr Thorndike!
Sir Guy Grand KG, KC, CBE
What's that, Ginge? Bill Thorndike a sexy criminal?
The man you sent me to. He behaved VERY strangely.
Also released in shortened (75 min. and 88 min.) versions. See more
Referenced in The Unknown Peter Sellers
Come and Get It
Written by Paul McCartney
Recorded by Badfinger
(as Bad Finger) See more