The Missionary

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The Missionary
American theatrical release poster
Directed by Richard Loncraine
Produced by George Harrison
Denis O'Brien
Michael Palin
Neville C. Thompson
Written by Michael Palin
Starring Michael Palin
Maggie Smith
Trevor Howard
Denholm Elliot
Music by Mike Moran
Cinematography Peter Hannan
Edited by Paul Green
Distributed by Handmade Films Ltd. (UK)
Columbia Pictures (US)
Release dates 2 November 1982
Running time 90 min
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Budget ₤2 million[1]
Box office $7,241,180[2]

The Missionary is a 1982 British comedy film directed by Richard Loncraine, produced by George Harrison, Denis O'Brien, Michael Palin (also the film's writer and co-producer) and Neville C. Thompson.


Palin stars as the Rev. Charles Fortescue a missionary returning from Africa after a ten year religious mission. He is to wed his sweetheart who refuses to be touched. Denholm Elliott as The Bishop of London gives him a new job to "minister" to the women of the night who frequent the East End. Maggie Smith plays Lady Ames who funds the new assignment, but only on the condition that Reverend Fortescue share her bed. Fortescue then has numerous escapades and sex-scapades as he blunders his way through the back street of the capital. Eventually his lifestyle results in him being defrocked by the Church on charges of immorality.


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  1. ^ Robert Sellers, Always Look on the Bright Side of Life: The Inside Story of HandMade Films, Metro 2003, pp. 111-120
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