7.4/10
5,177
46 user 19 critic

The Rutles: All You Need Is Cash (1978)

Charts the adventures of the prefab four, possibly the most famous band of all time.

Directors:

,

Writer:

(conceived and written by)
Reviews
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Twenty-three years after the release of the original Rutles documentary, famous artists, actors and musicians speak out on how the Rutles influenced them.

Directors: Eric Idle, Gary Weiss
Stars: Eric Idle, Neil Innes, Ricky Fataar
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

Broad satire and buffoonery presented as a series of movie trailers. Among the titles and subjects are: "The Howard Huge Story", "Skate-boarders from Hell", "The Invasion of the Penis ... See full summary »

Director: Ira Miller
Stars: Royce D. Applegate, Lewis Arquette, Tom Baker
Adventure | Animation | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

Shame, the ape man of the jungle, is aghast when his woman, June, is kidnapped by a gang of giant penises. They take her to their queen, Bazunga, a bald woman with fourteen breasts. After ... See full summary »

Directors: Picha, Boris Szulzinger
Stars: Bernard Dhéran, Georges Aminel, Arlette Thomas
Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Stars: Jerry Garcia, Donna Godchaux, Keith Godchaux
Help! (1965)
Adventure | Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Ringo finds himself the human sacrifice target of a cult and the band must try to protect him from it.

Director: Richard Lester
Stars: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison
The Beatles Anthology (TV Mini-Series 1995)
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.4/10 X  

An autobiographical documentary of the greatest of the rock bands.

Stars: Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr
Magical Mystery Tour (TV Movie 1967)
Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

The Beatles charter a special bus for a surreal mystery tour.

Directors: George Harrison, John Lennon, and 3 more credits »
Stars: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison
Things We Did Last Summer (TV Movie 1978)
Comedy | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Garret Morris vignette has him going back to his old job posing for lawn jockeys.

Director: Gary Weis
Stars: John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Garrett Morris
Ripping Yarns (1976–1979)
Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Ripping Yarns is a collection of tales that make for 'ripping good' television. Michael Palin plays a different lead character in each yarn.

Stars: Michael Palin, Charles McKeown, Barbara New
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Maysles brothers documentary covering the first arrival of "Beatlemania" in the U.S., as well at the band's historical appearances on "The Ed Sullivan Show."

Directors: Kathy Dougherty, Susan Froemke, and 2 more credits »
Stars: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison
Let It Be (1970)
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

The filmed account of the Beatles's attempt to recapture their old group spirit by making a back to basics album, which instead drove them further apart.

Director: Michael Lindsay-Hogg
Stars: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison
Biography | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Semi-biographical film based on the experiences of gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson.

Director: Art Linson
Stars: Peter Boyle, Bill Murray, Bruno Kirby
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Dirk McQuickly / The Narrator / Stanley J. Krammerhead III, Jr.
John Halsey ...
Ricky Fataar ...
Stig O'Hara (as Rikki Fataar)
Neil Innes ...
...
Eric Manchester, Rutle Corp. Press Agent / Lawyer
...
The Interviewer
...
Martini McQuickly
...
Ron Decline, The most feared promoter in the world
...
Brian Thigh, Ex-Record producer who turned down the Rutles
...
Mrs. Emily Pules
...
...
Mrs. Iris Mountbatten / Chastity
...
Hells Angel (as Ron Wood)
...
Leggy Mountbatten
Henry Woolf ...
Arthur Sultan, The Surrey Mystic
Edit

Storyline

Rutland Weekend Television takes a look at the Pre-fab Four: Dirk, Barry, Stig and Nasty; better known as the Rutles. This documentary follows their career from their early days in Liverpool and Hamburg's infamous Rat-Keller, to their amazing worldwide success. A parody of Beatlemania and the many serious documentaries made about the Beatles. Written by Alexander Lum <aj_lum@postoffice.utas.edu.au>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Comedy spoof of Beatlemania from Monty Python's Eric Idle... See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Music

Certificate:

See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

22 March 1978 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

All You Need Is Cash  »

Box Office

Budget:

$200,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Eric Idle claims on the DVD commentary track that George Harrison and Ringo Starr at one point discussed starting a band wit Idle and Neil Innes, based on The Beatles' and Rutles's shared and imaginary histories. But if he was correct, then this never came to pass. Harrison and Starr also surprised him and Innes one day by singing a version of "Ouch;" two of the Beatles singing a Rutles song to two of The Rutles. See more »

Goofs

Late in the "documentary," the Rutles' tea-drinking is treated as a scandal (parodying the Beatles' marijuana use). But in an earlier scene, there doesn't seem to be anything unremarkable about it, as the band members play with a teapot in their hotel room while on camera. See more »

Quotes

Narrator: Stig, meanwhile, had hidden in the background so much that in 1969, a rumor went around that he was dead. He was supposed to have been killed in a flash fire at a waterbed shop and replaced by a plastic and wax replica from Madame Tusseaud's. Several so-called "facts" helped the emergence of this rumor. One: he never said anything publicly. Even as the "quiet one," he'd not said a word since 1966. Two: on the cover of their latest album, "Shabby Road," he is wearing no trousers, an Italian way ...
See more »

Crazy Credits

Ron Decline, The most feared promoter in the world See more »

Connections

Edited from The Ed Sullivan Show: Episode #17.19 (1964) See more »

Soundtracks

O-U-C-H!
Written and Produced by Neil Innes
Parody based on "Help!", Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney
Performed by Neil Innes, Ollie Halsall, Ricky Fataar and John Halsey
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

An acquired taste, but well worth the effort
30 January 2003 | by (Rutland) – See all my reviews

Eric Idle's now-classic spoof of The Beatles grew out of his mid-seventies BBC TV series Rutland Weekend Television, which featured a fictional rock group called the Rutland Stones. A bit of creative thinking (and the genius stroke of bringing in the brilliant musical parodist Neil Innes) later, and the Rutles were born. This film, made on a tiny budget but displaying a greater range of ideas and imagination than a dozen current-day Hollywood blockbusters, tells the story of Dirk, Nasty, Stig and Barry, the 'pre-fab four', from their beginnings at the Rat Kellar in Hamburg through their first hit singles, their movies A Hard Day's Rut and Ouch, Che Stadium, tea addiction, Sgt Rutter's Only Darts Club Band, Surrey mystics, the lawsuits, the marriages, Rutle Corps and the final break-up of the band, with a glimpse of their post-fame lives.

The film is an acquired taste, requiring a certain knowledge of the Beatles' career and a liking for Eric Idle's droll sense of (mostly verbal and very British) humour, but if you enjoyed THIS IS SPINAL TAP, then this should bring a smile to your face. Despite it being Idle's project, he is very nearly upstaged at every turn by Innes, who not only offers a letter-perfect pastiche of the Beatles' songs (the highlights being 'Doubleback Alley', 'Piggy In The Middle', 'I Must Be In Love' and 'Cheese and Onions'), but also an uncanny performance as Ron Nasty - the way he walks, talks, slouches, poses and arranges his features are almost scarily close to the real Lennon, particularly his delivery of the line "I'd like to own a squadron of tanks". Everyone will have their own favourite moment, but the superb recreation of the psychedelic animation style of YELLOW SUBMARINE wins it for me every time. The cameos by Mick Jagger and Paul Simon are rather pointless, and they do disrupt the fantasy, but George Harrison is spot-on as a journalist and the Saturday Night Live players are good in their cameo roles. How could anyone resist Bill Murray the K?!


20 of 22 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?