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Ruling Class (The)

UK, English, 154 mins

  • Director: Peter Medak
  • Writer: Peter Barnes
  • Producer: Jules Buck; Jack Hawkins

CGiii Comment

O'Toole earned an Oscar nomination...for this madcap extravaganza.

It's cruel and funny - definitely of the time.

Comparable to Wes Anderson's work...only better.


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The(ir) Blurb...

A member of the House of Lords dies in a shockingly silly way, leaving his estate to his son. Unfortunately, his son is insane: he thinks he is Jesus Christ. The other somewhat-more respectable members of their family plot to steal the estate from him. Murder and mayhem ensues.

Cast & Characters

Peter O'Toole as Jack Arnold Alexander Tancred Gurney - 14th Earl of Gurney;
Alastair Sim as Bishop Bertie Lampton;
Arthur Lowe as Daniel Tucker;
Harry Andrews as Ralph Gurney - 13th Earl of Gurney;
Coral Browne as Lady Claire Gurney;
Michael Bryant as Dr. Herder;
Nigel Green as McKyle;
William Mervyn as Sir Charles Gurney;
Carolyn Seymour as Grace Shelley;
James Villiers as Dinsdale Gurney;
Hugh Burden as Matthew Peake;
Graham Crowden as Truscott;
Kay Walsh as Mrs. Piggot-Jones;
Patsy Byrne as Mrs. Treadwell;
Joan Cooper as Nurse Brice

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