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The Magic Christian

92 min
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Joseph McGrath
Country: UK
Release Date: 1969-12-12
Filming Locations: Barnes, London, England, UK
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
Christopher Lee
Ship's Vampire
Spike Milligan
Traffic Warden 27
Roman Polanski
Solitary Drinker
Raquel Welch
Priestess of the Whip
Tom Boyle
My Man Jeff
Victor Maddern
Hot Dog Vendor
Terence Alexander
Mad Major
Peter Bayliss
Pompous Toff
Joan Benham
Socialite in Sotheby's
Patrick Cargill
Auctioneer at Sotheby's
John Cleese
Director in Sotheby's
Clive Dunn
Fred Emney
Kenneth Fortescue
Snob in Sotheby's
Patrick Holt
Duke in Sotheby's
David Hutcheson
Lord Barry
Hattie Jacques
Ginger Horton
Jeremy Lloyd
Lord Hampton
David Lodge
Ship's Guide
Ferdy Mayne
Dennis Price
Robert Raglan
Graham Stark
Carmel Stratton
Rowing girl
Michael Aspel
Himself - TV Commentator (uncredited)
Michael Barratt
Himself - TV Commentator (uncredited)
Sean Barry-Weske
John Lennon Lookalike
Yul Brynner
Transvestite Cabaret Singer (uncredited)
Harry Carpenter
Himself - TV Commentator (uncredited)
Pauline Chamberlain
Spectator at Boxing Match (uncredited)
Graham Chapman
Oxford Crew (uncredited)
Kimberley Chung
Yoko Ono Lookalike
Jimmy Clitheroe
Passenger on Ship (uncredited)
George Cooper
Losing Boxer's Second (uncredited)
Roland Culver
Sir Herbert (uncredited)
W. Barrington Dalby
Himself - TV Commentator (uncredited)
Freddie Earlle
Sol (uncredited)
Maria Frost
Slave Girl (uncredited)
Gail Gilmore
Girl in Bar (uncredited)
Peter Graves
Lord at Ship's Bar (uncredited)
Roy Lansford
Theatregoer (uncredited)
James Laurenson
Oxford Crew (uncredited)
John Le Mesurier
Sir John (uncredited)
Rick Lester
Taxi driver (uncredited)
Guy Middleton
Duke of Mantisbriar (uncredited)
Peter Myers
Lord Kilgallon (uncredited)
Nosher Powell
Ike Jones (uncredited)
Roy Scammell
Bodybuilder (uncredited)
Birthe Sector
Slave Girl (uncredited)
Edward Sinclair
Park Attendant (uncredited)
John Snagge
Himself - TV Commentator (uncredited)
Leon Thau
Engine Room Toff (uncredited)
Frank Thornton
Police Inspector (uncredited)
Edward Underdown
Prince Henry (uncredited)
Rita Webb
Woman in Park (uncredited)
Alan Whicker
Himself - TV Commentator (uncredited)
Polly Williams
Did you know?
The movie's theme song "Come And Get It" was written and produced by Paul McCartney.
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The role of Youngman Grand was originally offered to John Lennon, who was tempted to perform the role but eventually had to decline due to legal difficulties related to his October, 1968 arrest for possession of marijuana. Lennon's Beatles band mate Ringo Starr - who was hoping to pursue a career as an actor after having received favorable reviews for his performance in the 1964 Beatles film A Hard Day's Night (1964) - stepped into the role intended for Lennon.
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Guy Grand suborns the Oxford boat crew into cheating during the boat race. Graham Chapman (who appears 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.
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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.
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Announcer on 'Magic Christian': [as the 'Magic Christian' starts to sink] Go to B-Deck immediately! I repeat: Go to C-Deck immediately! Is this interesting? Interesting? Yes No | Share this Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink Hide options Sir Guy Grand KG, KC, CBE: [a police car drives up to Grand's car] Could be routine, or... mere damnable harassment.
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Sir Guy Grand KG, KC, CBE: [voiceover, as a £10 note appears onscreen] Ladies and gentlemen, this is what is commonly known as money. It comes in all sizes, colours, and denominations - like people. We'll be using quite a bit of it in the next two hours... luckily I have enough for ALL of us.
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Sir Herbert: [pleads with Laurence, the ship's doctor] If you could please just give me some tranquilizers...
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What is antiseptic?
Possibly the most funny of all the FAQs regarding "The Magic Christian," an antiseptic is that which cleanses one of dirt. Without gossip, getting involved in anyone's affairs, or even referencing any of the participants in the moving picture so questioned, antiseptic can be best understood as a comedic routine. As follows:Q: What is antiseptic?A: Well, what is septic? Rotten luck to have such a pit in one's landscape, wouldn't you say, Nurse Lesslee Buyin?Nurse Lesslee Buyin: I say what?Doctor Sellin: You say "what?"Nurse: I say, what?Doctor: Clean this wound, Nurse.Nurse: What antiseptic shall I use?Doctor: A turd.Nurse: But Doctor, that's absurd!Doctor: Well, then, use the opposite.Patient: What's the opposite of a turd?Doctor: For that I'll charge you extra.Nurse: Doctor, we're losing the Patient.As per the intellectualism of the time, the loss of the patient (as in those who wait) would be the disaster both of the Establishment and of the Antiestablishment. Currently, the expression utilizing excrement as an emphatic and as an identifier linguistically would be cunningly applied to this topic: it rhymes with "it's the spit." As far as whether the saliva of dogs or cats is antiseptic, the jury is out on that one. As for what is antiseptic about "The Magic Christian," the loss of both the patient and the Patient, identified for the purposes of this discussion as the world under the influence of the former British Empire, can be seen in the need for identification both of what the "wound" was and what the "micro-organism" was. Lastly, an antiseptic is a reference to Sanity, as etymologically derived from sanitation as well as madness. The Magic Christian would prescribe as an antiseptic "the washing of one's own feet, by one's own hands."
What is antitrust?
Antitrust is the promotion of competition. In business, an antitrust functions to promote the preservation of a specific interest while strengthening that same interest through exposure to all alternates. A company might be untrustworthy if holding a monopoly, as exemplified in the United States in Bell Telephone, Microsoft Software, and Sony Betamax. More poetically, a sword is tested in heat and cold before it is tested in battle. Again, we see a play on words: "anti-trust:" to be against trust. In times of confusion, doubt, or even the fog of war, trust descends upon individuals as a focus of divisive self-preservation, and therefore none are trustworthy. Anti-trust as relevant to the movie "The Magic Christian" promotes the view of trusting none of mankind, and therefore only in God.
Is "The Magic Christian" based on a book?
Yes. The Magic Christian is loosely based on the 1959 novel of the same name by American novelist Terry Southern [1924-1995].
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Photos from cast
Michael Trubshawe