Peter Medak

The Ruling Class

The Ruling Class

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.

Film Info

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

Special Features

  • New 16x9 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

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Special Features

  • New 16x9 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

The Ruling Class
Cast
Peter O'Toole
Jack, 14th Earl of Gurney
Alastair Sim
Bishop Lampton
Arthur Lowe
Tucker
Harry Andrews
13th Earl of Gurney
Coral Browne
Lady Cliare
Michael Bryant
Dr. Herder
Nigel Green
McKyle
William Mervyn
Sir Charles
Carolyn Seymour
Grace
James Villiers
Dinsdale
Graham Crowden
Truscott
Credits
Director
Peter Medak
Producer
Jules Buck
Producer
Jack Hawkins
Screenplay
Peter Barnes
Associate producer
David Korda
Music
John Cameron
Cinematography
Ken Hodges
Production design
Peter Murton
Choreographer
Eleanor Fazan
Editing
Ray Lovejoy

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