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Magical Mystery Tour (1967)

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The Beatles charter a special bus for a surreal mystery tour.

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George Harrison (as The Beatles), John Lennon (as The Beatles) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band ... (as Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band)
Jan Carson Jan Carson ... Stripper
George Claydon ... Photographer
Ivor Cutler Ivor Cutler ... Mr. Bloodvessel
Shirley Evans Shirley Evans ... Accordionist
Nat Jackley Nat Jackley ... Rubber Man
Nicola Hale Nicola Hale ... Little Girl (as Nichola)
Jessie Robins Jessie Robins ... Ringo's Aunt (as Jessie Robbins)
Derek Royle Derek Royle ... Jolly Jimmy
Victor Spinetti ... Army Sergeant
Miranda Forbes Miranda Forbes ... Hostess Wendy Winters (as Mandy Weet)
Maggie Wright ... Starlet
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Storyline

The Beatles first film since "Help" was largely Paul McCartney's project. The story follows a bus load of eccentric characters on a magic journey through the English countryside. Rather than a unified narrative, it becomes a series of psychedelic clips promoting various songs including "The Fool on the Hill," "Blue Jay Way," "Your Mother Should Know," "I Am the Walrus" and "Magical Mystery Tour." The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band are seen in a strip club playing "Death Cab for Cutie." Written by alfiehitchie

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 December 1967 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Lumottu Beatles-matka See more »

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Mono | Stereo (1988 re-release)

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

"Mystery tours," overnight bus rides to unknown destinations, were popular in England as low-budget weekend getaways. Most of the film was was shot in a rented bus filled with friends, acquaintances, Beatles office staff, a camera crew, and a handful of experienced actors, rambling around the English countryside one holiday weekend. Everyone was encouraged to invent their own characters, let whatever was going to happen happen, and the results would be magical. Unfortunately, most of the passengers "acted" like anyone else traveling on a bus tour. John Lennon and George Harrison spent most of the trip sleeping or avoiding the cameras. The bus, with a hand-lettered "Magical Mystery Tour" sign, attracted curious onlookers who began following in droves. Suggestions to film the chaos mounting outside were shot down. Lennon ultimately ordered the bus to stop, got out, and tore the lettering off the sides. He later derided the whole program as "The most expensive home movie ever made." See more »

Goofs

When Jimmy addresses the bus from the front, the next shot has him in his seat behind the driver. See more »

Quotes

John: I've got a present for you, do you know what it is?
Nichola: No.
John: Have a guess.
Nichola: No.
John: Go on, have a guess.
Nichola: No.
John: [angry] Have a guess!
Nichola: [laughing] No!
John: [stares at the camera] Well, you're going to get it anyway.
[blows the balloon]
[...]
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Crazy Credits

Made in England by The Beatles See more »

Alternate Versions

The 1988 home video release featured re-mixed stereo versions of the songs and restored & re-mastered "Visual" (pictue) & dialogue (sound). See more »

Connections

Featured in Paul McCartney's Get Back (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

I've Got A Lovely Bunch Of Coconuts
(uncredited)
Written by Fred Heatherton
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Good, if taken in context
24 December 2002 | by PeteRFNYSee all my reviews

The problem with most people that don't "get" this little film is that they do not understand the concept of the "day trips to nowhere", which are VERY popular in England. For a small fee, you can hop on a bus and ride around the countryside doing nothing but getting drunk and having fun. And that is all this is about. There are some innovative video segments thrown in for some of the best songs in the Beatles catalog. Rest assured, if you "hated" Yellow Submarine (say wha?), you'll despise this. If you don't mind a half-hour of nonsense, you won't mind this either. Lighten up and dig it.


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