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The Magus (1968)

A teacher on a Greek island becomes involved in bizarre mind-games with the island's magus (magician) and a beautiful young woman.

Director:

Guy Green

Writers:

John Fowles (screenplay), John Fowles (novel)
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Caine ... Nicholas Urfe
Anthony Quinn ... Maurice Conchis
Candice Bergen ... Lily
Anna Karina ... Anne
Paul Stassino ... Meli
Julian Glover ... Anton
Takis Emmanuel ... Kapetan
George Pastell ... Andreas-Priest
Danièle Noël Danièle Noël ... Soula (as Danielle Noel)
Jerome Willis ... 'False' German Officer
Ethel Farrugia Ethel Farrugia ... Maria
Andreas Malandrinos Andreas Malandrinos ... Goatherd (as Andreas Melandrinos)
George Kafkaris George Kafkaris ... Second Partisan
Anthony Newlands ... Party Host
Stack Constantino Stack Constantino ... Third Partisan
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Storyline

An English teacher arrives on a sleepy Greek island to take up a vacant teaching post. The last man to hold the post committed suicide under mysterious circumstances. Slowly but surely, he is drawn into a bizarre game engineered by a reclusive local magician. The deeper into the game he is drawn, the more he senses danger... yet cannot seem to untangle himself from the fascinating and compelling influence that the game is having on his mind. Written by Jonathon Dabell <barnabyrudge@hotmail.com>

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What is the Magus Game? The game is love. The game is lust. the vicious game is life itself...Or is it death?

Genres:

Drama | Fantasy | Mystery

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 December 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Büyücü See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Blazer Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Anthony Quinn was on Variety's list of Top Ten Overpriced Stars of 1968. See more »

Goofs

In the rented room where the English professor will live while to continue the teaching work of his predecessor in the "Greek" island, there is a rather conspicuous historical XIX century Spanish painting by José Casado del Alisal which represents the first defeat of Napoleon's armies in Spain, in the city of Bailén, where Marechal Philippe Antoine Dupont de l'Estang surrendered to inexperienced Spanish General Castaños on 19 July 1808. Not quite a Hellenic topic, really. See more »

Quotes

Maurice Conchis: All men feel the need to risk death at least once in their life. War is a very unscientific answer to that need.
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Book was much better
13 January 2007 | by beltezamSee all my reviews

I loved the gorgeous Greek scenery but the story, which is not something you can follow anyway, was even harder to follow in the movie. I cannot imagine how anyone watching the movie can get any kind of grip on it if they have not read the book, and then, like me, they would probably wonder why Australian Allison turned into French Anne, and many other seemingly pointless changes in the story. The mysteries in the book seemed to be chopped up or left out in the movie. I saw it when it first came out and had the same problems with it then, since I had read the book several times. I recently watched it with my granddaughter (very intelligent at 20 and usually into movies I like) who was mostly amazed at how young Michael Caine and Candace Bergen were in it, but otherwise could not imagine why one would watch it except for the scenery.


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