Mmm, mmm, mmm, mmm, mmm make your mind up fast
If you want it anytime, I can give it
But you better hurry 'cause it may not last
Did I hear you say that there must be a catch?
Will you walk away from a fool and his money?
Sonny, if you want it, here it is, come and get it
But you better hurry 'cause it's going fast!"
The Magic Christian is a 1969 film based on Terry Southern's 1959 book of the same name, starring Peter Sellers and Ringo Starr. Before you ask, the name is taken from a boat, and has nothing to do with magic Christians.
Sellers plays Sir Guy Grand, a billionaire who wants to have some fun. He adopts the homeless Youngman Grand (Ringo Starr), and together they set out to see what lengths people will go to for money. The answer is, pretty far.
This work contains the following examples:
- Cameo: Spike Milligan, John Cleese, Graham Chapman, Roman Polanski, Yul Brynner, Christopher Lee, Richard Attenborough, Raquel Welch...
- Canon Foreigner: Ringo Starr's character did not appear in the original novel.
- Comedic Sociopathy
- Eccentric Millionaire: Actually a billionaire.
- Every Man Has His Price
- Gainax Ending: The entire film consists of Sellers' character bribing people to no advantage of his own, merely to exploit their weaknesses, in surreal, bizarre and nonsensical scenarios. But the voyage towards the end of the film takes the surrealism to another level, with transvestites, an attack, Dracula and King Kong, before the entire sequence is revealed to have taken place inside a warehouse.
- Man of Wealth and Taste
- Money Fetish
- Money to Throw Away
- Opening Monologue: "Ladies and gentlemen, this is what is commonly known as money. It comes in all sizes, colours, and denominations, like people. We'll be using quite a bit of it in the next two hours; luckily, I have enough for all of us!"
- Repurposed Pop Song/Isn't It Ironic?: At the Turn of the Millennium, Pontiac used "Come and Get It" in an ad campaign for sports cars. Beyond the song itself being about greed, apparently, no one who worked on this campaign saw the movie, because if they had they would have known about the parody of cars as a status symbol early on (with Guy Grand presenting the concept of a new luxury car that's insanely big, ostentatious, and British).
- Rich Bitch
- Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: Also "Screw The Rules, I'm Getting Money!"
- Serial Escalation: How much will people debase themselves for cash? Turns out people will swim through shit for cash.
- There Is No Kill Like Overkill: Hunting fowl with an antiaircraft gun.
- Transvestite: Played by Yul Brynner, of all people.
- Upper-Class Twit
- Unwinnable Training Simulation: The titular luxury cruiser? It's actually a warehouse.
- Whip It Good: Raquel Welch towards the galley of topless women.
- You Can Leave Your Hat On: In a Funny Background Event, Laurence Harvey performs Hamlet's "to be or not to be" soliloquy as a striptease.