Magic Christian (Region 1 DVD)

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Description

Comedy legend Peter Sellers (A Shot in the Dark) portrays Sir Guy Grand, the richest man in the world. One day he whimsically adopts a young homeless man (Ringo Starr) who he happens to meet by chance during a stroll in the park. Together they set off on a series of madcap escapades and comically attack the snobbery and hypocrisy of modern society as they go from one hilarious misadventure to another. Highlighting the film is Paul McCartney's hit song "Come and Get It" and the Monty Python regulars who Polish it off with their own quirky brand of hilarity. The incredible cast includes Richard Attenborough, Laurence Harvey, Raquel Welch, Christopher Lee, Spike Milligan, Roman Polanksi, Leonard Frey, Wilfrid Hyde-White and an unforgettable and un-credited cameo by Yul Brynner. Joseph McGrath directed a screenplay by Terry Southern and McGrath with additional material by Peter Sellers, John Cleese and Graham Chapman - based on a novel by Southern (Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb).

Product Details

Barcode
887090066501
Department
Movies & TV
Released
28 May 2013
Type
Movies
Format
DVD
Genre
Comedy
Sub-genre
Comedy
Region
Region 1
Studio
Olive Films
Runtime
92 min
Age Restriction
PG
Supply Source
USA

Movie

Title
Magic Christian
Release Year
1969
Running Time
92 min
Language
English
Categories
Comedies / Buddies / Recommended / Satire / Self-Discovery / Theatrical Release
Ratings
IMDb
6.1
Rotten Tomatoes®
59%
Synopsis
The world's wealthiest man, Sir Guy Grand, whimsically adopts a young man he chances to meet in the park. Together they comically attack the snobbery and hypocrisy of modern society as they go from one hilarious misadventure to another.
Notes
Shot in Technicolor, and filmed at Twickenham Studios, Middlesex, England.

Some prints of the film are only 88 minutes long, while original theatrical releases ran approximately 95 minutes. The video and laserdisc versions of "The Magic Christian," however, appear to be 101 minutes.

Additional cast: Tom Boyle (My Man Jeff); Peter Bayliss (Pompous Toff), Clive Dunn (Sommelier), Freddie Earle (Sol), Kenneth Fortescue (Irate Snob), David Hutcheson (Lord Barry), Jeremy Lloyd (Lord Hampton), Peter Myers (Lord Kilgallon), Robert Raglan (Maltravers), and Leon Thau (Engine Room Toff). Appearing as themselves: TV commentators Michael Aspel, Michael Barratt, Harry Carpenter, W. Barrington Dalby, John Snagge, and Alan Whicker.

There is a parody of Shakespeare's tragic play "Hamlet" within the film, with Laurence Harvey as the melancholy Dane doing a striptease during the "To be or not to be" soliloquy.

Director McGrath also incorporated some b&w and color archival footage of riots and Vietnam into the film.

Released theatrically in the USA February 12, 1970.

Copyright 1969 Grand Films, Ltd.
Release Notes
Blu-ray Disc Features:
  • Region [unknown]
  • Widescreen
Poster
Poster for Magic Christian
Cast & Crew
Director
Joseph McGrath
Star
Roman Polanski / Peter Sellers / Ringo Starr