Saturday Matinee: The Magic Christian

“The Magic Christian” (1969) is a British satire directed by Joseph McGrath and loosely adapted from the 1959 novel of the same name by Terry Southern, who co-wrote the screenplay with McGrath. Peter Sellers stars as billionaire Sir Guy Grand, who adopts a homeless man (Ringo Starr) and demonstrates to his new heir how virtually everyone in the world can be bought through an escalating series of pranks. Cameo appearances are made by John Cleese, Graham Chapman, Raquel Welch, Spike Milligan, Christopher Lee, Richard Attenborough and Yul Brynner among others.

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