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The Magic Christian (1969)

PG | | Comedy | 12 December 1969 (UK)
Sir Guy Grand (Peter Sellers), the richest man in the world, adopts a homeless boy, Youngman (Sir Ringo Starr). Together, they set out to prove that anyone, and anything, can be bought with money.

Director:

Joseph McGrath

Writers:

Terry Southern (screenplay), Joseph McGrath (screenplay) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Sellers ... Sir Guy Grand
Ringo Starr ... Youngman Grand
Isabel Jeans ... Dame Agnes Grand
Caroline Blakiston ... Hon. Esther Grand
Wilfrid Hyde-White ... Captain Reginald K. Klaus (as Wilfrid Hyde White)
Richard Attenborough ... Oxford Coach
Leonard Frey ... Laurence Faggot
Laurence Harvey ... Hamlet
Christopher Lee ... Ship's Vampire
Spike Milligan ... Traffic Warden 27
Roman Polanski ... Solitary Drinker
Raquel Welch ... Priestess of the Whip
Tom Boyle Tom Boyle ... My Man Jeff
Victor Maddern ... Hot Dog Vendor
Terence Alexander ... Mad Major
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Storyline

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". Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Taglines:

The Magic Christian is: antiestablishmentarian, antibellum, antitrust, antiseptic, antibiotic, antisocial & antipasto. See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 December 1969 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Magic Christian See more »

Filming Locations:

Barnes, London, England, UK See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Sir Guy Grand (Peter Sellers) suborns the Oxford boat crew into cheating during the boat race. Graham Chapman (who appeared in the scene) was a graduate of Cambridge University and, given the Oxford-Cambridge rivalry, most likely would have appreciated the idea that the Oxford crew could be corrupted. See more »

Goofs

At Auchengillen Station, Guy Grand's car is blocked by a police car which pulls to a halt across its path. After a brief conversation, Grand's car drives off unimpeded. The Police Car has shifted to the side. See more »

Quotes

Traffic warden #27: What's your game, Mister?
Sir Guy Grand KG, KC, CBE: [riffling a wad of bills under the warden's nose, to persuade him to eat a parking ticket] Grand is the name, and, uh - money is the game. Would you care to play?
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Alternate Versions

The shorter version - largely altered for U.S. television - omits the scene where Guy & Youngman Grand fill a vat with manure, urine, blood, and then cash, to see who will jump in to collect it. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Unknown Peter Sellers (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Carry On To Tomorrow
Written by Tom Evans (as Tom) & Pete Ham (as Pete)
Recorded by Badfinger (as Bad Finger)
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Sellers's so great
1 January 2008 | by kfkdbSee all my reviews

Peter Sellers - a Grand performance! Him playing the harp, and with the hot dog-vendor... just to mention 2 scenes. One of the nuttiest and anti - establishment films I ever saw. (I know there should be an adjective instead of "establishment" but the guidelines do not accept it.) Observe the audience in the auditorium of the "Hamlet" theater. Ringo also makes fun of himself - the nose. It amazed me that Paul McCartney provided a song for it. Also I enjoyed the commentary by John Cleese. It must have been a fizzer when first launched in Britain. Does anybody know how the film was accepted by a German audience (see the arrest-scene of the businessman in the train)? I can recommend this movie to everybody!


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