Magic Christian (Region 1 DVD)
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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).
- Movies & TV
- 28 May 2013
- Region 1
- Olive Films
- 92 min
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- Magic Christian
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- 92 min
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- 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.
- 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.
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