The Ruling Class

  • 1972
  • Movie
  • R
  • Comedy

Overly long, controversial comedy with plenty of tragedy mixed in, this was adapted by the playwright, Peter Barnes, for the screen and might have benefitted from some disinterested pruning. It is nevertheless a vigorous, and sometimes wildly funny, assault on classbound British mores. Andrews, a peer, accidentally loses his life while performing what seems...read more

(Movie Clip) The 14th Earl
No one expected Jack (Peter O'Toole) to arrive for the reading of his father's will, much less in this fashion, in his first appearance in The Ruling (more…)
(Movie Clip) England, This Precious Stone
Harry Andrews (with a bunch of other Earls), paraphrasing Shakespeare offers a toast, leading to opening credits for Peter Medak's The Ruling Class, 1 (more…)
(Movie Clip) Talking To Myself
Still robed, Jack (Peter O'Toole) explains to Lady Claire (Coral Browne) how he came to consider himself God, before Tucker (Arthur Lowe) and Sir Char (more…)
(Movie Clip) Worms Have The Best Of It
The nuttier end of the opening appearance by the 13th Earl (Harry Andrews), a judge, seeking some private pleasure, in Peter Medak's The Ruling Class, (more…)

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  • Released: 1972
  • Rating: R
  • Review: Overly long, controversial comedy with plenty of tragedy mixed in, this was adapted by the playwright, Peter Barnes, for the screen and might have benefitted from some disinterested pruning. It is nevertheless a vigorous, and sometimes wildly funny, assaul… (more)

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