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Magical Mystery tour, released in 1967, is a psychedelic adventure starring one of the world's most famous and beloved musical groups: the Beatles. Featuring all four of the familiar mop-tops - John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr - the film focuses on the antics that surround an eclectic group of people on a British tour bus. Among the passengers on the bus are the four Beatles, Ringo Starr's widowed Aunt Jessie, a tour director by the name of Jolly Jimmy Johnson, the tour hostess called Miss Wendy Winters, and Buster Bloodvessel, who conducts the magical mystery tour as it goes about its psychedelic travels.

Soon, strange things begin to happen to the passengers aboard the mystery tour. Aunt Jessie fantasizes about falling in love with Buster Bloodvessel, who has begun to act more and more bizarre; the individuals on the tour participate in an impromptu race in which everyone must use a different mode of transportation; the group visits an army recruitment station where they are shouted at by an abrasive drill sergeant; and, ultimately, the men aboard the tour are treated to a strip show. These bizarre, fantastical, and often comical situations are brought about by a group of whimsical magicians, played by none other than the Beatles themselves. The magicians continually wreak havoc on the tour bus, much to the confusion of its passengers.

Among the psychedelic imagery and often baffling shenanigans, there are occasional musical interludes performed by the Beatles. The band performs the song "I Am the Walrus" while standing in an open field and wearing animal masks, and the tune "Your Mother Should Know" is accompanied by a charmingly old-fashioned dance number. "Blue Jay Way" is also featured alongside imagery of a serene, meditative George Harrison.

This hour-long made-for-TV movie combines distinctive British-style comedy, 1960s psychedelia, and the signature sound of the Beatles into an offbeat and memorable adventure.

Not Rated
| 1967 | 55 min | 6.2/10
The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, Jan Carson, George Claydon, Ivor Cutler
Bernard Knowles, The Beatles
Produced By
John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Gavrik Losey, Dennis O'Dell

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