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The Magic Christian (1969)

Sir Guy Grand, the richest man in the world, adopts a homeless boy, Youngman. 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 adopts homeless bum Youngman 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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The Magic Christian is: antiestablishmentarian, antibellum, antitrust, antiseptic, antibiotic, antisocial & antipasto. See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

14 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 April 1970 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Magic Christian See more »

Filming Locations:

Barnes, London, England, UK See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono | Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

After watching rushes from the first day of filming, Peter Sellers leapt to his feet and said "Thank God we caught it in time!" He felt his performance was so bad that the movie should be cancelled. He was eventually persuaded to continue. 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

Also released in shortened (75 min. and 88 min.) versions. See more »

Connections

References Dracula (1958) See more »

Soundtracks

Come and Get It
Written by Paul McCartney
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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