A member of the House of Lords dies in a shockingly silly way, leaving his estate to his son. Unfortunately, his son is insane: he thinks he is Jesus Christ. The other somewhat-more respectable members of their family plot to steal the estate from him. Murder and mayhem ensues.

  1. Peter Barnes

    Screenplay, Writer

  2. Peter Medak


Top Billed Cast

  1. Peter O'Toole

    Peter O'Toole

    Jack Arnold Alexander Tancred Gurney - 14th Earl of Gurney

  2. Alastair Sim

    Alastair Sim

    Bishop Bertie Lampton

  3. Arthur Lowe

    Arthur Lowe

    Daniel Tucker

  4. Harry Andrews

    Harry Andrews

    Ralph Gurney - 13th Earl of Gurney

  5. Coral Browne

    Coral Browne

    Lady Claire Gurney

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The Ruling Class
The Ruling Class


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Status Released

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  • September 13, 1972


    Some material may not be suitable for children under 10. These films may contain some mild language, crude/suggestive humor, scary moments and/or violence. No drug content is present. There are a few exceptions to this rule. A few racial insults may also be heard.

Original Language English

Runtime 2h 34m

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