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The Magic Christian

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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: February 11, 1970
MPAA Rating: PG
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A satire to end all satires

  • Jul 3, 2009
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I think, by now, that I have established that I am a huge Peter Sellers fan.  I love his timing, his deadpanning and his comedic brilliance.  I loved THE MOUSE THAT ROARED.  This film is just as good, but in a completely different way.  Imagine if you were the wealtiest man in the world.  Now, imagine that you use all that money primarly to make fools  of your fellow man.  That's the premise of this film.  Peter Sellers plays that wealthy man.  Ringo Starr, in his first appearane after the Beatles broke up, plays a down and out homeless soul who is "adopted" by Peter Sellers and fits right in to Seller's plans.  The Magic Christian is a very exclusive luxury liner that Sellers "buys" tickets for, even though no tickets exist.  If you don't like satire and sarcasm, perhaps you should stay away from this movie.  On the other hand, if you do like satire and sarcasm, then this is the movie for you.  Also, for all you 60s British Invasion buffs, the main theme for the music of this film is Badfinger's COME AND GET IT, and I will NOT tell you how this song is used.  You NEED to see the ending for yourself.  I didn't know whether to laugh or throw up.  Literally.  This is another of my all time favorite movies, which I guess tells you a lot about my character.

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July 16, 2009
I remember that scene all too well! I guess technically CANDY which was made in 1968 was made while The Beatles were still "together".
July 16, 2009
I didn't know whether to laugh or vomit during that last scene. I finally decided to laugh. Yeah, the Beatles were still at least working together in 1968
July 16, 2009
Techically at least.
July 16, 2009
Well, they were working on an album together. They were not getting along.
July 16, 2009
If it was "Let it Be", then it shouldn't count as "being together" because that's a very technical use of the word.
July 16, 2009
Very true. Well, Ringo was probably the least talented musician in the group, but he was a really funny actor. Have you ever seen CAVEMAN?
July 04, 2009
Great movie! Haven't thought about it for years. Thanks for the review.
July 04, 2009
Thanks for the comment. I haven't thought about this movie for years, either, and then I found a DVD of MOUSE THAT ROARED, which started me on Peter Sellers. I have had this on DVD for several years, but I watched it again for the review.
July 17, 2009
Ah yes, I remember it well. It featured Evan Kim . He had the only real speaking part in the film. He said, "Shit".
July 17, 2009
Yep, that's the one
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