The Missionary

Overview

Michael Palin wrote and stars in this comedy as The Reverend Charles Fortescue, an unassuming missionary called back to England after spending ten years in Africa teaching children in a native village. Upon arriving in London, he finds that his new assignment is to take charge of a slum mission for prostitutes. He obtains money for the running of the mission from a wealthy woman, Lady Ames Maggie Smith, whom he meets on the boat sailing to England from Africa. Lady Ames guarantees Fortescue the money on the ...
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Overview

Michael Palin wrote and stars in this comedy as The Reverend Charles Fortescue, an unassuming missionary called back to England after spending ten years in Africa teaching children in a native village. Upon arriving in London, he finds that his new assignment is to take charge of a slum mission for prostitutes. He obtains money for the running of the mission from a wealthy woman, Lady Ames Maggie Smith, whom he meets on the boat sailing to England from Africa. Lady Ames guarantees Fortescue the money on the condition that he take it upon himself to add a little spice to her dormant sex life.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/17/2011
  • UPC: 014381657722
  • Original Release: 1982
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  • Source: Image Entertainment
  • Time: 1:23:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Michael Palin Rev. Charles Fortescue
Maggie Smith Lady Ames
Trevor Howard Lord Ames
Denholm Elliott Bishop
Michael Hordern Slatterthwaite
Graham Crowden Rev. Fitzbanks
Phoebe Nicholls Deborah
David Suchet Corbett
Tricia George Ada
Valerie Whittington Emmeline
Dawn Archibald
Frances Barber
John Barrett Limping Old Man
Debbie Bishop
Ishaq Bux Maharajah
Roland Culver Lord Fermleigh
Julian Curry Portland
David Dixon
Hugh Fraser
Rosamond Greenwood Lady Fermleigh
Damaris Hayman Lady Quimby
Arthur Howard
Neil Innes Singer
Ceri Jackson
David Leland Arthur Pimp
Anton Lesser
Charles McKeown Leicester
Frank Mills Sir Cyril Everidge
Sasha Mitchell
Derrick O'Connor Gym Trainer
Timothy Spall Parswell
Tony Steedman Lord Quimby
Sophie Thompson
Peter Vaughan McEvoy
Tilly Vosburgh
Hugh Walters
Technical Credits
Richard Loncraine Director
Graham Ford Production Manager
Norman Garwood Production Designer
Paul Green Editor
Peter Hannan Cinematographer
George Harrison Executive Producer
Shuna Harwood Costumes/Costume Designer
Tony Jackson Sound/Sound Designer
Mike Moran Score Composer
Denis O'Brien Executive Producer
Michael Palin Producer, Screenwriter
Neville C. Thompson Producer
Gary White Asst. Director
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Disc #1 -- The Missionary
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2001

    The Missionary is hilarious!

    Michael Palin (of Monty Python fame) lends his own subtle brand of humor to this story of an early 20th Century Church of England missionary returning home after spending 10 years in the African wild. He returns ready to marry his fiancee whom he kept in touch with through letters. However he is soon summoned by the Bishop of London who charges him with opening a home mission in London for ''fallen women.'' The events and consequences that follow are touched by Palin's great wit and humor. Michael Palin and Maggie Smith are wonderful.

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