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The Ruling Class1972

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  • 4.0
Following the death of the thirteenth Earl of Gurney, to the dismay of his family, the title is passed to his son Jack (who has been locked away for eight years after claiming to be the second coming of Jesus). Mad but harmless, Jack is released to assume his seat. However, his embrace of Christianity proves incompatible with a position of power in "normal" society, where peace and love are considered weaknesses, and a somewhat unhinged psychiatrist is called to help him adjust. Meanwhile, Jack's scheming uncle, Sir Charles, works on developing a complex scheme to trick Jack out of his position.

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"Peter O’Toole thinks he’s Jesus—and why wouldn’t he?" - Adam Nayman, AV Club


2 members like this review

Peter O'Toole owns this movie. This is a rock solid film adaptation of Peter Barnes incidiary play, but it's really all about the legendary O'Toole. His performance is nothing short of remarkable, a daring high-wire act from start to finish.

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Peter O'Toole owns this movie. This is a rock solid film adaptation of Peter Barnes incidiary play, but it's really all about the legendary O'Toole. His performance is nothing short of remarkable, a daring high-wire act from start to finish.

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Peter O'Toole's vehicle, and he really rides it; Coral Browne is brilliantly British, with one close-up of facial expressions that acting schools should put on the syllabus; Alastair Sim schticks his usual funnies. Don't let them fool you: this is no musical, and the music's in over-service to the satirizing. Funny and a tad shocking in its day, the movie's a relic of acting now.

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A merciless indictment of the 1%. an incredible performance by Peter O'Toole, and it's a musical!