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511 Ratings

The Ruling Class

Directed by Peter Medak
United Kingdom, 1972
Comedy, Drama, Music


When an English earl dies under embarrassing circumstances, the title passes to his son Jack (Peter O’Toole), who has been locked away for 8 years after claiming to be the second coming of Jesus Christ—much to the dismay of the rest of the family, who’d like nothing more than Jack out of the way.

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The Ruling Class Directed by Peter Medak

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1973 | Nominee: Best Actor in a Leading Role

National Board of Review

1972 | 2 wins including: Best Actor

Golden Globes (USA)

1973 | Nominee: Best English-Language Foreign Film

Critics reviews

This is a uniquely lucid movie about the nature of delusion, and in the end it suggests that Jack’s mania is a byproduct of his manicured upbringing—and that the insanity isn’t about to stop any time soon.
February 05, 2015
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