Magic Christian (DVD)
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- R 125
Satirical comedy directed by Joseph McGrath and starring Peter Sellers, Ringo Starr and Isabel Jeans. Self-absorbed millionaire Guy Grand (Sellers) spends his days lounging in his lavish home in London and toying with his many fruitless business ventures. When he encounters a vagrant in a city park he decides to adopt the dishevelled man and name him Youngman Grand, Esquire (Starr). Along with his new-found son, Guy Grand indulges in a series of bizarre antics involving grouse shooting with anti-aircraft cannons, board meeting brainstorms and the bribery of a rowing team. With his taste for excess still not satisfied however, Guy takes his son on the exclusive maiden voyage of a vast, opulent luxury cruise ship and uses the opportunity to engage in more absurdity.
- Movies & TV
- 1 May 2017
- Region 2
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- 92 min
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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.