The Ruling Class The Ruling Class

The Ruling Class

Peter Medak

 
The Ruling Class (Criterion DVD)

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  • United Kingdom
  • 1972
  • 154 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.77:1
  • English
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  • Spine #132

Peter O’Toole gives a tour-de-force performance as Jack, a man “cured” of believing he’s God—only to become Jack the Ripper incarnate. Based on Peter Barnes’s irreverent play, this darkly comic indictment of Britain’s class system peers behind the closed doors of English aristocracy. Insanity, sadistic sarcasm, and black comedy—with just a touch of the Hollywood musical—are all featured in this beloved cult classic directed by Peter Medak.

Cast

Jack, 14th Earl of GurneyPeter O'Toole
Bishop Lampton Alastair Sim
TuckerArthur Lowe
13th Earl of Gurney Harry Andrews
Lady CliareCoral Browne
Dr. HerderMichael Bryant
McKyleNigel Green
Sir CharlesWilliam Mervyn
GraceCarolyn Seymour
DinsdaleJames Villiers
TruscottGraham Crowden

Credits

DirectorPeter Medak
ProducerJules Buck and Jack Hawkins
ScreenplayPeter Barnes
Associate producerDavid Korda
MusicJohn Cameron
CinematographyKen Hodges
Production designPeter Murton
ChoreographerEleanor Fazan
EditingRay Lovejoy

Disc Features

  • New 16×9 widescreen digital transfer, supervised by director Peter Medak and restored to the original full-length version, never before available in the U.S.
  • Commentary track featuring Peter O’Toole, Peter Medak, and writer Peter Barnes
  • Peter Medak’s home movies, shot on location for The Ruling Class
  • A collection of rare publicity and behind-the-scenes production stills
  • Original trailer
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired
  • Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition

    New cover by Gordon Reynolds

Film Essays

The Ruling Class

By Ian Christie October 29, 2001

The Ruling Class may not be recognized as a neglected masterpiece—at least, not yet. But if we remember how long it took for Welles’ The Magnificent Ambersons and Renoir’s Rules of the Game to . . . Read more »

Film Essays

The Ruling Class

By Ian Christie October 29, 2001

The Ruling Class may not be recognized as a neglected masterpiece—at least, not yet. But if we remember how long it took for Welles’ The Magnificent Ambersons and Renoir’s Rules of the Game to . . . Read more »