An extravagant, undisciplined adaptation of Terry Southern's biting satire on the power of money - the plot is little but a stringing together of various hoaxes and practical jokes perpetrated by an eccentric multi-millionaire (Sellers) on a greedy populace - The Magic Christian is all too clearly representative of the impasse independent mainstream film-making found itself in when given its head by the industry in the '60s. The result is a variety concert of a film in which most of the acts/jokes fall flat.
Cast and crew
Terry Southern, Joseph McGrath, Peter Sellers
Peter Sellers Ringo Starr Richard Attenborough Laurence Harvey Christopher Lee Spike Milligan Yul Brynner Roman Polanski Raquel Welch Dennis Price John Cleese