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The Ruling Class (1972)

Episode #30

Embassy Pictures released The Ruling Class on September 13, 1972. Peter Medak directed the film starring Peter O’Toole, Alastair Sim, and Arthur Lowe.

‘The Ruling Class’ Criterion Summary

Peter O’Toole gives a tour-de-force performance as Jack, a man “cured” of believing he’s God—only to become Jack the Ripper incarnate. Based on Peter Barnes’s irreverent play, this darkly comic indictment of Britain’s class system peers behind the closed doors of English aristocracy. Insanity, sadistic sarcasm, and black comedy—with just a touch of the Hollywood musical—are all featured in this beloved cult classic directed by Peter Medak.

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Embassy Pictures released The Ruling Class on September 13, 1972. Peter Medak directed the film starring Peter O'Toole, Alastair Sim, and Arthur Lowe.

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  1. Beyond the Black Rainbow, interesting pick by Chris. The director made that crazy Nic Cage flick “Mandy” from 2018.

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