The Ruling Class (1972)


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Comedy, Drama
2h 34min
Age rating


Peter O'Toole
Jack Arnold Alexander Tancred Gurney - 14th Earl of Gurney
Alastair Sim
Bishop Bertie Lampton
Arthur Lowe
Daniel Tucker
Harry Andrews
Ralph Gurney - 13th Earl of Gurney
Coral Browne
Lady Claire Gurney
Hugh Burden
Matthew Peake
Cyril Appleton
McKyle's Assistant
Leslie Schofield
McKyle's Assistant
Graham Crowden
Kelso Truscott


When the Earl of Gurney dies in a cross-dressing accident, his schizophrenic son, Jack, inherits the Gurney estate. Jack is not the average nobleman; he sings and dances across the estate and thinks he is Jesus reincarnated. Believing that Jack is mentally unfit to own the estate, the Gurney family plots to steal Jack's inheritance. As their outrageous schemes fail, the family strives to cure Jack of his bizarre behavior, with disastrous results.

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