|Peter Sellers as Sir Guy Grand|
|Ringo Starr as Youngman Grand|
|Grand & Son|
A man who has everything joins forces with a man who has nothing,
and together they set about to prove that "Everyone has their price."
|Laurence Harvey (in a bit originally intended for David Hemmings) |
performs Hamlet's soliloquy as a striptease
|Richard Attenborough as the coach of the Oxford Rowing Team|
|Peter Sellers with friend and fellow Goon, Spike Milligan|
|John Cleese as the Sotheby's director|
|Wilfred Hyde-White as Capt. Reginald K. Klaus|
For those still in the dark, The Magic Christian is the name of an elite luxury liner
with an interior straight out of 2001: A Space Odyssey.
|Yul Brynner & Roman Polanski|
"Ah, but I was so much older then. I’m younger than that now." - Bob Dylan
Revisiting The Magic Christian after a nearly 40-year gap was an experience by turns amusing, nostalgic, and bewildering. It was great seeing the movie looking so good on Blu-ray, and I especially got a kick out of the many cameo appearances and discovering what things about the film had stayed with me over the years. For example, it was gratifying to find that the pre-credits sequence (my favorite part of the film) was still as clever as I’d remembered it: a distinguished portrait of the Queen is revealed to be a British 10-pound note, after which the audience is encouraged to sing along to a follow-the-bouncing-ball stanza of the Paul McCarney composition (sung by Badfinger) “Come and Get It.” (How tragic is it that my favorite part of The Magic Christian takes place before the film proper even begins?)
|Tangoing bodybuilders Lincoln Webb & Roy Scammell provoke and |
tantalize the racist and homophobic passengers on The Magic Christian.
|Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)|
|"Well, you know, Youngman, sometimes it's not enough merely to teach. One has to punish as well."|