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Magic Christian [Blu-ray] [1969] [US Import]

Peter Sellers , Laurence Harvey , Joseph McGrath    Blu-ray
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Peter Sellers, Laurence Harvey, Ringo Starr
  • Directors: Joseph McGrath
  • Format: Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Olive Films
  • DVD Release Date: 28 May 2013
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00C3ALLZ8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,573 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A sixties gem 22 Sep 2006
Format:DVD
This is a wonderful, clever and very funny sixties film. Lots of splendid cameo roles by people like Spike Milligan and Raquel Welsh. It's basically about the lengths people will go to for money. Peter Sellers plays Sir Guy Grand, a millionaire who likes playing tricks on the vain, greedy and pompous souls of the world. He needs to find an honest 'son' to inherit his wealth, and in steps Ringo, a down and out beggar, with a good heart. There is a fab soundtrack by Badfinger, and lots of lovely location shots around London in 1969. If you like Raquel Welsh, this is a must - she plays a dominatrix on a slave galley ship!! Ringo is great - he was a natural actor. IT must have been good for him to escape from the Let It Be sessions to come and film this!!!
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant , Brilliant, Brilliant! 20 Aug 2006
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Disregard the bad reviews. Sellers is excellent here, one of his best. Ringo is natural and charmingly irresistible. John Cleese is also on board for a short segment and in top form. Plus you have Roman Polanski, Yul Brenner, a great Badfinger soundtrack and a bizarre story with multi-layered social comment. Actually this film is quite psychedelic and if you are a fan of Python, Perrin, Fawlty, Sellers, Beatles etc, this film is essential..And one of the best endings of all time...
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Forgotten (cult?!) Classic 23 Feb 2009
By Chris
Format:DVD
I saw this movie years ago and had never forgotten it ... The current economic chaos reminded me to check it out again and a quick check on trusty Amazon showed it was now available in DVD for a bargain price - so good in fact that I ordered another copy to be sent to a friend in Texas (no problems with 'Region' incompatibility for us - we use Linux ;) ... Features a stellar cast and is based on the novel by the great Terry Southern of Dr Strangelove fame. If you haven't seen it then you are missing a treat ... It stands the test of time remarkably well and now resides in my collection Top 10.

Go on order it now - You know you want to, eh?!;)
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Priceless 9 Jun 2003
I first saw this film about 1979, I was only six so did not really appreciate the comedy value, I then saw it again in 1985, and my god was it funny, the richest man in the world spending money in the most un-imaginable ways. The best scene is when a lot of cash is emptied into a swimming pool of poo and other nasty stuff, and he invites people to jump in and get it, along to a catchy tune. I have not been able to get a copy since, but if anyone ever has the chance, then buy it.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A warning from the 60s 14 Jan 2008
By Julia Z
Format:DVD
This film was made in the 1960s and was then a brilliant and witty warning about what greed and consumerism does to people. As expected, the present society far exceeded the script-writer's expectations. This is actually a very profound film although viewers can be forgiven for looking at it simply as a great comedy. Very well acted and an absolute classic. Pity that it appears to have been largely forgotten. Should be included in the top 100 must-watch films.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good 31 Mar 2008
Format:DVD
Nice to see a R2 release. A fascinating sixties romp, with a quality soundtrack, irreverant storyline and plenty of Swinging London atmosphere. Despite the lengthy production and Ringo Starr having to divide his time between shooting and playing his part in the break up of the biggest band in the world, the resulting film is greater than the sum of its parts would suggest and far better than its reputation, but in no way can Ringo pass himself off as an actor.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MAGIC CHRISTIAN 7 Mar 2014
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In a way a prototype Python film. I like this film because it is highly eccentric British humour and although I have watched it many times I can confess I have never understood all the humour and I'm a die hard comedy lover.

I think the the bit with Spike Milligan as the traffic warden is very funny and you can see that they still admired each other and I guess a lot of it was ad libbed.

The film was made a very small budget at Twickenham film studios and on location in SW London.

Love the film score and all of Peter Seller's old mates who were in the film. Perhaps he was trying to recreate the success of his British comedy films in the late 50s early 60s but I think by the late 60's tv comedy was entering its golden age, and he rarely did TV parts and perhaps he was too much in love with process of making films and being a film star plus he was also a film buff/ keen photographer.

An under- rated film which is not shown enough on TV.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Colin
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What a find! It's a bit like finding that Russian film where a bleak industrial landscape fills the background for actors who brilliantly portray telekinesis and other strange abilities.... you know the one! This film is, in my humble opinion, a masterpiece of satire. Watch it!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars An okay film.......... you will see an awful lot worse
This is an okay film.. well acted some of the dialogue is of course of its time and may cause offence now. Part of the fun for me was spotting the old actors.. Read more
Published 11 months ago by A Slator
4.0 out of 5 stars sixties cool!
A very good satire on the greed of monetary attraction to certain people in certain situations. People will do anything for money, as is proved in this tale. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Howard Ryding
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Anti-Capitalist Film
This film has even more impact than it did in the 70's. The whole 70's zeitgeist is miraculously brought back to life. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Mr. Robert A. Trueman
4.0 out of 5 stars very funny!
I didn't know this movie till I visited Amazon. I was amazed to see that so many good actors play in it!
Published 21 months ago by Fernando Miguel Fernandez
3.0 out of 5 stars A surreal trip to the Sixties
I bought this film to see how Ringo Starr fared in a straight acting role. The role was undemanding and given that was the case he didn't disappoint. Read more
Published on 5 July 2012 by RingoT
4.0 out of 5 stars Not as corny as I thought it would be...
Picked this one up on a whim-- sometimes I can't resist checking out dated flix from the '60s and '70s. Read more
Published on 19 May 2012 by K. Doyle
5.0 out of 5 stars hidden gem
This is a great piece of kitch! In the same vain as Casino Royale and Whats New PussyCat, an all star cast and chaos. Somehow it worked for me. Read more
Published on 4 Mar 2012 by D Jones
4.0 out of 5 stars Money Corrupts
Starring Ringo Star and Peter Sellers, this is a comedy about the corrupting influence of Money, Peter Sellers plays a ridiculously wealthy man who adopts Ringo Starr as his Son... Read more
Published on 5 Dec 2010 by Simon W
1.0 out of 5 stars Like Monty Python but without the humour
This film came up in conversation with my wife a few weeks back, as we reminisced about how much we had enjoyed it in our anarcho-delinquent younger days. Read more
Published on 14 Mar 2010 by John Ferngrove
3.0 out of 5 stars The Magic Christian
Peter Sellers stars in this psychadelic menagerie. A host of stars appear as Sellers embarks on a trip of self-discovery. Ringo Starr appears as Sellers' 'adopted' heir. Read more
Published on 1 Sep 2009 by Montgomery Michaels
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