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The Magic Christian (1969)

M | | Comedy | 12 December 1969 (UK)
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.

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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 »

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12 December 1969 (UK)  »

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Um Beatle no Paraíso  »

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Trivia

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. 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

Sir Guy Grand KG, KC, CBE: [as he and Youngman admire a painting] I like school of Rembrandt.
Youngman Grand, Esq.: St. Rembrandt's High.
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Referenced in Laugh-In: Episode #3.23 (1970) See more »

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Lili Marlene
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Music by Norbert Schultze
English lyrics by Tommie Connor
Performed by Peter Sellers and Ringo Starr
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Appealing even if chaotic
6 October 1999 | by (Baltimore, Maryland) – See all my reviews

Terry Southern's novel, "The Magic Christian" is very different from the film. However the film, which was written by Southern, among other, still maintains the spirit of the novel.

The film is simply a series of vigniettes centering around Sir Guy Grand (Peter Sellers), and his adopted son, Youngman (Ringo Starr), who goes about "making things hot for people," by using his vast wealth to perpetrate elaborate practical jokes largely aimed at seeing how many of their principles people will give up for money.

The movie is very silly, fragmented, and horribly dated. > Now that you have heard the case against, I have to say that this is one of my favorite movies of all time. The movie destroys or humiliates all social icons, from the police, to "the old school," to the snobbish upper class, to the art world. Its great to see, and once you make up your mind that the movie is just a series of sketches, its funny, and immensely satisfying, albeit somewhat vicious.

Look for cameos by Yul Brynner (in drag), Spike Milligan (Sellers' partner in "The Goon Show"), John Lennon and Yoko Ono, among many others.

Other notes: The novel, "The Magic Christian" was banned for a time, because it was viewed as obscene. Peter Sellers loved this book, and after he read it, he sent copies of it to all of his friends. It might say something about his tragic and depressed personality, that he found this book, with its many vicious stabs against society, so appealing.


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