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The Man Who Bought Mustique (2001)

Lord Glenconner , Joseph Bullman  |  NR |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Lord Glenconner
  • Directors: Joseph Bullman
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • DVD Release Date: March 19, 2002
  • Run Time: 78 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005UW7X
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,988 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Man Who Bought Mustique" on IMDb

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An almost perfect portrait of a poisonous toff! --New York Magazine

Not only the most brilliant thing I've seen in ages, it was also one of the funniest! --Sunday Telegraph (London)

Creepily fascinating! --New York Times

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Lord Glenconner (known before his peerage as Colin Tennant) is a Scottish lord who bought a tiny Caribbean island called Mustique for a song in 1956 and turned it into a playground for the rich and famous. For years, celebrities like Mick Jagger, David Bowie, Tommy Hilfiger and British royalty such as Princess Margaret and Prince Andrew flocked to the island for fun in the sun. But in the late 1970s the "Jet-Set Monarch" ran out of money, lost control of his island, and was banished to nearby St. Lucia.

The documentary The Man Who Bought Mustique is a deliciously entertaining look at Glenconner, a man who has been called the "Basil Fawlty of the aristocracy" (London Daily Mail) and "Alec Guinness playing Lawrence of the Caribbean" (New York Observer). British filmmakers Joseph Bullman and Vikram Jayanti (When We Were Kings) follow the indomitable Glenconner as he visits his former island paradise for the first time in ten years. Equal parts high comedy and shock theatre, Tennant's return stirs up old animosities and creates new ones. Long gone from Mustique, the return to his erstwhile kingdom is filled with gossip about its current inhabitants ("smug, small-minded people, mostly rather inept"), preparations for lunch with Princess Margaret (complete with erotic Kama Sutra wall-hangings), and best of all, Lord Glenconner's endless hissy-fits directed at the filmmakers and other commoners. Hilarious, sly and charming, Lord Glenconner may be one man's argument for reviving the guillotine and another's swan song for "this blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England."

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Watch Out Osbornes! April 21, 2003
By R. Diaz
This documentary is based on a royal who bought an island in the carribean and eventually becomes an outcast for being VERY DIFFICULT to the board members that now run the very profitable island. All I can say is that you can't take your eyes and ears off of it. It's like watching a man desend into a bit of madness. A bit tragic, but very entertaining. His almost constant outbursts at the director and close friends during this film is like walking into a family get together that goes "oh so wrong!" I highly recommend this film. He's like Madonna in Truth or Dare, except this guy is truely at the end of his rope. Highly recommended!
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4.0 out of 5 stars well worth a rental! September 26, 2005
Format:VHS Tape
this british produced gem about a rogue aristocrat tells a fascinating story behind the world's wealthiest gated community. i produce documentaries, and this is a beautifully edited and filmed journey into the mind of a cranky and brilliant guy. it's a shame it isn't better known.
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3.0 out of 5 stars just half of the story,the not so nice one. December 16, 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This portrayal of Lord Glenconner makes him out to be quite crazy and mean.
In fact, he was an extremely generous, caring person.
on who hated mediocrit
y and boring people.
He was flamboyant and lived his life to the fullest.
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4.0 out of 5 stars File under difficult visionaries... August 24, 2014
Perhaps a slanted view but riveting journey to one of the world's most rarefied places and the tyrant who created it. My faith in humanity is restored by the fact that no one murdered the fellow during a tantrum.
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