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The Missionary (1982)




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In this British production, a timid Anglican missionary (Michael Palin) returns home to London from Africa to direct a home for prostitutes. While on the boat ride between continents, however, he promises a wealthy woman (Maggie Smith) that he will fill her lonely love life in return for a donation. The priest tries to juggle both problems, and deal with his ever-faithful sweetheart at the same time.

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Michael Palin
as Rev. Charles Fortescue, Reverend Charles Fortescue
Maggie Smith
as Lady Isabel Ames
Trevor Howard
as Lord Henry Ames
Denholm Elliott
as The Bishop
Phoebe Nicholls
as Deborah Fitzbanks
Graham Crowden
as Rev. Fitzbanks
John Barrett
as Limping Old Man
Rosamund Greenwood
as Lady Fermly
Roland Culver
as Lord Fermly
David Suchet
as Corbett
Derrick O'Connor
as Gym Trainer
Timothy Spall
as Parswell
Julian Curry
as Portland
Charles McKeown
as Leicester
Ishaq Bux
as Maharajah
Tony Steedman
as Lord Quimby
Damaris Hayman
as Lady Quimby
Frank Mills
as Sir Cyril Everidge
Dawn Archibald
as Mission Girl
Frances Barber
as Mission Girl
Debbie Bishop
as Mission Girl
Ceri Jackson
as Mission Girl
Janine Lesley
as Mission Girl
Sasha Mitchell
as Mission Girl
Rosamond Greenwood
as Lady Fermleigh
Francine Morgan
as Mission Girl
Sophie Thompson
as Mission Girl
Sally Watkins
as Mission Girl
Tony Fawcett
as Boys at Mudflat
Edward Bumstead
as Boys at Mudflat
Neil Innes
as Singer
David Leland
as Long-Haired Man
Hugh Fraser
as Usher at Wedding
Peter Bourke
as Best Man
Tilly Vosburgh
as Fermleigh's Maid
Arthur Howard
as Fermleigh's Butler
Hugh Walters
as Fermleigh's Doctor
David Dixon
as Young Man
Anton Lesser
as Young Man
Michael Hordern
as Slatterthwaite
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Critic Reviews for The Missionary

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (1)

The Missionary is a slice of English whimsy, often hilarious, sometimes merely outrageous.

November 12, 2018 | Full Review…

The Missionary probes the world, the flesh and the devil in fresh and funny ways.

February 4, 2004 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Missionary


Quite a kinky comedy about a missionary and prostitutes.

Sunil Jawahir
Sunil Jawahir

Super Reviewer

Palin in one of his stranger times...

Barry Lappin
Barry Lappin

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