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The Magus is a 1968 film directed by Guy Green. Screenplay by John Fowles, based on his novel. Starring Michael Caine, Anthony Quinn, Candice Bergen, Anna Karina, Julian Glover. 117 minutes, rated R. Sir Guy Green was the Governor of Tasmania from 1995 to 2003. ... John Fowles is an English novelist and essayist. ... Jump to: navigation, search Michael Caine Sir Maurice Joseph Micklewhite, CBE (born 14 March 1933), known professionally as Sir Michael Caine, is an Oscar winning English film actor. ... Anthony Quinn Anthony Quinn (April 21, 1915 – June 3, 2001) was an actor, painter, and writer. ... Jump to: navigation, search Candice Bergen, in a picture from a fashion magazine from the late 1960s. ... Jump to: navigation, search Anna Karina in the Jean-Luc Godard film My Life To Live (1962) Anna Karina (born September 22, 1940) is a Danish born actress. ... Jump to: navigation, search Julian Glover in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. ...

Plot Summary

Michael Caine stars as Nicholas Urfe, a young Englishman who has taken a teaching position on the Greek island of Phraxos following the previous instructor's suicide. For Nicholas it is a chance for different surroundings, and it is also an attempt to escape his relationship with his emotionally unstable lover, Anne (Karina). At first Nicholas' life on Phraxos is uneventful but peaceful. He soon becomes intrigued by a reclusive man named Maurice Conchis (Quinn) who owns an estate on the island and has a beautiful young woman named Lily (Bergen) as his companion. Immediately upon being introduced to the couple Nicholas' life begins to unravel. He tries to find out who the mysterious Conchis really is, but he continually runs into dead ends. Is he a psychiatrist? A film producer? A Nazi sympathizer? Or is he a magician who controls the lives and destinies of those around him? Nicholas quickly begins to lose his grip on reality as he sinks further and further into Conchis' game.

Additional Info

  • The film was a critical disaster. Even though he wrote the script, Fowles was still unhappy with the results.
  • Fowles has a small role as a boat captain.
  • The film has never been released on video in the U.S.

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The Magus - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (96 words)
The Magus (1801) is a purported handbook on occult and magic by Francis Barrett.
The Magus (1965) is a novel by John Fowles.
The Magus is a 1968 film starring Michael Caine.
The Magus (novel) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (602 words)
The Magus was a bestseller, partly because it tapped successfully into - and even arguably helped to promote - the 1960s popular interest in psychoanalysis and mystical philosophy.
It starred Michael Caine as Nicholas Urfe, Anthony Quinn as Maurice Conchis, Anna Karina as Alison, Candice Bergen as Lily/Julie, and Julian Glover as Anton, and was filmed in the island of Majorca.
Michael Caine himself has said that it was the worst film he had been involved in, because no one knew what it was all about.
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