Magical Mystery Tour (1967)

TV Movie   |  Not Rated   |    |  Comedy, Fantasy, Musical


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


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10 January 2007 | JoeKarlosi
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| Magical Mystery Tour (1967) **1/2
It's hard to accurately rate this unusual film, since I cannot honestly say I'd consider it "good movie-making," but it certainly still can be fun here and there, which is the whole point. It was rather haphazardly strewn together by The Beatles themselves as a self-made project not long after their manager Brian Epstein died in August 1967. It was originally shown on British television in December of that year but was harshly criticized and has always bore the notorious distinction of being the Beatles' first and only flop. It didn't help matters any that this very colorful psychedelic mind bender was incorrectly broadcast in black and white at that time, either. These days, however, MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR has aged a lot better as a piece of sixties history and a look back on those wild and exuberant times.

There isn't any plot to speak of here; we see Ringo Starr and his ever-quarreling fat aunt Jessie boarding a special tour bus consisting of the three other Beatles and a zany cast of misfits and oddballs. From there, things get crazier and crazier as the bus travels from one absurd situation to the next. Some of the highlights involve Ringo and his tubby aunt's constant bickering, which is amusing to watch, and a surreal dream sequence written by John Lennon which has himself in the part of a maniacally grinning restaurant waiter who literally shovels heaps of spaghetti onto the table of the overwhelmed fat woman. One thing that may always be counted on within any Beatles movie are great songs, and here we're treated to early MTV-like vignettes of John's I AM THE WALRUS, Paul's FOOL ON THE HILL, and George's BLUE JAY WAY. In truth, the I AM THE WALRUS segment along with a special grand finale featuring the four Beatles spoofing it up by doing a dance routine down a ballroom staircase to the tune YOUR MOTHER SHOULD KNOW are worth the price of admission alone. **1/2 out of ****

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"Mystery tours", overnight bus rides to unknown destinations, were popular in England as low-budget weekend getaways. Most of this movie 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 his or her own character, let whatever was going to happen happen, and the results would be magical. Unfortunately, most of the passengers "acted" like anyone else travelling 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 on-lookers 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."


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Buster Bloodvessel: I am your friendly Courier. Mister Bloodvessel is my name. Buster Bloodvessel.


Goofs

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


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Made in England by The Beatles


Alternate Versions

When the movie was first shown by the BBC in 1967, the beach scene involving Jessie Robins and Ivor Cutler, lasting nearly two minutes, was cut for unknown reasons. Yet when it was re-shown in the 70s, the scene was included.


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When the Red, Red Robin Comes Bob, Bob, Bobbin' Along
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Written by
Harry M. Woods

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Comedy | Fantasy | Musical

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