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The Magus (1968)




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In Guy Green's adaptation of John Fowles's acclaimed second novel, Michael Caine plays Nicholas Urfe, an English schoolteacher evading serious romantic commitment with stewardess Anne (Godard muse Anna Karina). As a last resort, Urfe escapes the clutches of his paramour by accepting a professorship on the Greek island of Phraxos, and, upon arrival, promptly discovers that his predecessor committed suicide. Via a clue left behind in the room of the deceased, Urfe soon encounters Conchis (Anthony Quinn), an impresario/psychic/black magician/filmmaker who may have been responsible for the former professor's death, and who twists Urfe's mind and perceptions, while subtly leading the young man down the path to higher consciousness. Urfe also discovers the radiant Lily (Candice Bergen), a Diana-like figure (and possibly a literal goddess incarnation), with whom he becomes instantly smitten - and who just happens to be Conchis's lover. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi

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Michael Caine
as Nicholas
George Kafkaris
as 2nd Partisan
Anthony Newlands
as Party Host
Stack Constantino
as 3rd Partisan
Corin Redgrave
as Capt. Wimmel
Roger Lloyd Pack
as Young Conchis
Jerome Willis
as "False" German Officer
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Critic Reviews for The Magus

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (2)

It is surprising how the movie (which was shot, incidentally, in Majorca without the Greek crisis in mind) is not embarrassing, but actually dovetails with yachtings and oppressions in contemporary Greece.

January 8, 2018 | Full Review…

The Magus is an esoteric, talky, slowly-developing, sensitively-executed, and somewhat dull film.

February 23, 2012 | Full Review…

By...clinging to the original book it suffers from the same pitfalls, mainly the preposterous plot twists and suffocating sense of self-seriousness.

April 11, 2020 | Rating: 4/10 | Full Review…

The Magus not only suffers from [director Guy] Green's lack of intuition and precision (that is, everything that separates a didacticist from an artist), but also from Fowles' directly transcribed literary illusions.

January 24, 2020 | Full Review…

Caine e Quinn estabelecem uma forte química em um filme complexo que não se preocupa em ajudar o espectador a compreender seus intrincados jogos psicológicos. Peca apenas pela trilha sonora inadequada e por uma atuação sem vida de Bergen.

November 15, 2006 | Rating: 4/5

Audience Reviews for The Magus

This movie is pretty interesting and mysterious until you get to the horrible ending. I liked Caine in the movie, but that's about it. This movie is so-so.

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