The Ruling Class
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An institutionalized schizophrenic with a Messiah complex inherits the position of an English Earl in this cutting satire of British society, based on a play by Peter Barnes. The film's irreverent tone is established with the disturbingly hilarious death of the thirteenth Earl of Gurney during a bizarre attempt at auto-erotic asphyxiation. To the dismay of the earl's family, the title passes to his son Jack (Peter O'Toole), who has been locked away for eight years after claiming to be the second coming of Jesus Christ. Mad but harmless, Jack is released to assume his seat. However,… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 82%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"In spots a very amusing and irreverent tongue-in-cheek satire on class that features a tour de force performance by Peter O'Toole."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A wonderful, wild ride. Peter O'Toole is outstanding."
‑ Bob Bloom, Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
"The plot is convoluted but director Peter Medak makes some good satirical points about the British class system and Peter O'Toole is terrific in a well-deserved Oscar-nominated performance."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"decidedly postmodern several years before it became a buzzword"
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"If it's true that a people get the government they deserve, mightn't it be equally true that a people get the God they deserve?"
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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