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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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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

Meli: [splashed by boy in pool] Ah, I think when I marry I shall pray for daughters. And You?
Nicholas Urfe: I'll just pray for myself.
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The Magus
2 November 2005 | by katrayaSee all my reviews

Agreeably, The Magus was confusing and many critics hated it. However, very few novels can be condensed into a movie with all of the novel's major details. I do feel the movie captured the 'feel' of John Fowles book. It was mysterious, beautiful Greek Isle scenery and a great cast, especially a young and sexy Candice Bergen. I found it to be an excellent cautionary tale. When the movie was released, I was a young college student aspiring to become a high school teacher. This created a strong sense of identity within me for the Michael Caine character, and his punishment for bad behavior and later redemption. Warning, watching The Magus on TV is a waste because of commercial interruptions and the editing massacred the script's flow, leaving a very confusing plot. Unfortunately, I do not think the flick is available on DVD?

Postscript: Good news. Cinema Classics Collection is schedule to release The Magus DVD on October 17, 2006. Hopefully it will be an unedited release version?


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