The Missionary. Charles W. Fortescue (Michael Palin). Copyright: Hand Made Films.

The Missionary

1983 British comedy film about a clergyman in London. Stars Michael Palin, Maggie Smith, Trevor Howard, Denholm Elliott, Graham Crowden and others.

The Missionary

The Missionary

Monty Python alumnus Michael Palin writes and stars in this ribald comedy of sex and sensibility. Timid Reverend Charles Fortescue returns to London in 1906 after ten years of service in Africa to start a mission to save the fallen women of Soho. But his dedication to tending to the needs of those in his care soon meets with the disapproval of the church and his patron.

Directed by Richard Loncraine (Richard III, Bellman and True), The Missionary is a charming and beautifully detailed comedy that boasts a superb supporting cast, including Maggie Smith, Trevor Howard, Denholm Elliott, Michael Hordern, Graham Crowden and Neil Innes.

This world Blu-ray premiere edition boasts a stunning new 2K restoration from the original negatives, supervised and approved by cinematographer Peter Hannan and director Richard Loncraine, finally enabling the film to be seen in its original 2.35:1 theatrical aspect ratio for the first time ever on any home video format.

First released: Monday 26th August 2019


Original stereo audio
Audio commentary with director Richard Loncraine (2019)
Making the Missionary (2019): Featuring new and exclusive interviews with stars Michael Palin and Maggie Smith
Interview with Mike Moran (2019): The film's composer discusses his collaborations with HandMade Films
Interview with Shuna Harwood (2019): New interview with the costume designer
Interview with Ken Lintott (2019): New interview with the make-up artist
Interview with Tony Jackson (2019): New interview with the sound recordist
Rob Deering on The Missionary (2019): An appreciation by the comedian, musician and writer
Theatrical trailer
Image gallery: On-set and promotional photography
New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
Limited edition exclusive booklet with a new essay by John Oliver, extracts from Michael Palin's diaries on the film's location shooting, archival interviews with Palin, an overview of contemporary critical responses, archival articles and film credits

  • Distributor: Powerhouse Films
  • Region: B
  • Discs: 1
  • Minutes: 90
  • Subtitles: English
  • Catalogue: PHILTD124

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