The Ruling Class

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Released 1972

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Director:
Peter Medak
Released:
1972
Rating:
R

The Ruling Class is a 1972 British comedy starring Peter O'Toole, one that has become something of a cult classic. Jack, the last surviving son of the Earl of Gurney has spent many years as a voluntary patient in a mental institution but discharges himself after his father dies, takes up his title, and then startles his family by announcing that he is, in fact, the risen Christ. His relatives plot to get rid of him whilst preserving the family's lands and estates - which means that Jack must marry and sire an heir. His psychiatrist tries a desperate strategy to rid Jack of his delusions, but the result of his "cure" is not what it seems to be, and the savage social satire gets very black indeed in its later stages.

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    Peter O'Toole

    Peter O'Toole

    Jack, the 14th Earl of Gurney

    Alastair Sim

    Alastair Sim

    Bishop Lampton

    Arthur Lowe

    Arthur Lowe

    Daniel Tucker, the butler

    Harry Andrews

    Harry Andrews

    Jack's father, the 13th Earl

    Carolyn Seymour

    Carolyn Seymour

    Grace Shelley

    Coral Browne

    Coral Browne

    Lady Claire

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      • Nigel Green was dubbed by another member of the cast, Graham Crowden, in his role as "the electric Christ". Green, who died shortly before the film's opening, was also dubbed by Crowden in his final film role, in Sir Gawain And The Green Knight.

      • This film should run to 154 minutes. However, its first DVD release in Britain (by a German company) was in a cut version, lasting only a little over two hours - even though the packaging for the DVD claimed it was the full-length version. A second DVD release by a different company has apparently restored the missing footage.

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      • Peter O'Toole won his fifth Oscar nomination as Best Actor for this film. He lost out to Marlon Brando in The Godfather. He has been nominated a total of eight times without ever winning, more times than any other actor.

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    Comedy

    Themes

    Satire, Dark Comedy, Classics, British TV