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The Missionary (The Missionary Position) (1982)

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Michael Palin Michael Palin
The Reverend Charles Fortescue
Maggie Smith Maggie Smith
Lady Isabel Ames
Trevor Howard Trevor Howard
Lord Henry Ames
Denholm Elliott Denholm Elliott
The Bishop
Michael Hordern Michael Hordern
Slatterthwaite / Narrator
Graham Crowden Graham Crowden
The Reverend Fitzbanks
David Suchet David Suchet
Phoebe Nicholls Phoebe Nicholls
Deborah Fitzbanks

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Michael Palin Michael Palin
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In 1905, after 10 years of missionary work in Africa, the Rev. Charles Fortesque is recalled to England, where his bishop gives him his new assignment - to minister to London's prostitutes. Charles hopes Deborah, his fiancee, will object and give him an excuse to say no to the bishop. But she is so imperturbably innocent that she totally fails to understand what he is being asked to do, and urges him to do his best. Wealthy Lady Ames is expected to fund the work, but once she makes it clear to Charles that there will be no contribution unless he shares her bed...
Release date: 5 November 1982
UPC: 027616884473
Tags: Comedy (2), British (1), England (1), Scotland (1), 1982 (1), Prostitute (1), Spiritual Cinema (1), Sort (1), SnP (1)
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"You don't have to be a fan of Monty Python in general, or Michael Palin in particular, to enjoy "The Missionary". It's gently British humour conceals a razor sharp satirical edge, and there is something new to spot with every fresh viewing. Palin plays a missionary charged with rescuing young prostitutes from the streets of London. It's not exactly a Python movie in that it's outrageously funny though it does have some very funny scenes, some hilarious. Alongside Palin, you have people such as M"

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