The Ruling Class Movie Review Summary

Actors: Peter O'Toole, Alastair Sim, Arthur Lowe, Harry Andrews, Nigel Green, James Villiers

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Written for the screen and adapted from his own play by Peter Barnes and directed by Peter Medak, THE RULING CLASS has been theatrically released in 1972.
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When Harry Andrews accidentally hangs himself, Peter -JACK- O'Toole becomes the 14th Earl of Gurney. Voluntarily secluded in Dr. Herder's clinic for years, Jack is paranoid and schizophrenic and, furthermore, believes he's Jesus. His uncle William Mervyn wants Jack to get married as soon as possible, procreate the 15th Earl of Gurney and return to the asylum.

Iconoclastic, funny at times. Great one-man-show of Peter O'Toole who was nominated for the Oscar.
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Plot & Themes

Comedy, primarily    -   Yes Time/era of movie:    -   1960's-1970's Getting ahead in:    -   politics Inner struggle or disability    -   Yes Comedy or Parody about    -   cops/detectives Job/Profession/Poverty Story?    -   Yes Job:    -   mental patient Ethnic/Regional/Gender story?    -   Yes Ethnic/region/relig    -   British Woman/class/friends story?    -   story of "the rich" Brain/Body not working?    -   mental illness Battle with shrink/bum?    -   battle with a psychiatrist

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   Prince/Nobleman/King Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   British Unusual characteristics:    -   Mentally ill


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK Misc setting    -   castle

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   very explicit references to deaths and torture Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   kissing Any profanity?    -   Occasional swearing Is this movie based on a    -   play

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