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The Rutles: All You Need Is Cash (1978)

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

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

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$200,000 (estimated)
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Eric Idle was inspired to make the film when George Harrison showed him a rough cut of a documentary on The Beatles titled "The Long and Winding Road". That documentary eventually became The Beatles Anthology (1995). See more »

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When the narrator tries to describe the actual sound of singing "SERGEANT RUTTERS ONLY DARTS CLUB BAND" backwards, the on-screen title displays "DNAB BULC STRAD YLNO SRETTUR TNAEGRES" which are all the letters in reverse order, but he says "DNAB BULC YLNO SRETTUR TNAEGRES" failing to pronounce STRAD, or DARTS backwards. See more »

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Narrator: In the midst of all this public bickering, "Let it Rot" was released as a film, an album, and a lawsuit. In 1970, Dirk sued Stig, Nasty, and Barry; Barry sued Dirk, Nasty, and Stig; Nasty sued Barry, Dirk, and Stig; and Stig sued himself accidentally. It was the beginning of a golden era for lawyers, but for the Rutles, live on a London rooftop, it was the beginning of the end.
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Followed by The Rutles 2: Can't Buy Me Lunch (2004) See more »

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Baby Let Me Be
Written and Produced by Neil Innes
Parody based on "Slow Down", originally written by Larry Williams
Performed by Neil Innes, Ollie Halsall, Ricky Fataar and John Halsey
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Better Than Spinal Tap
19 September 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Absolutely hilarious spoof of The Beatles. Eric Idle's finest 70 minutes and a spin off of his mid 70's TV show "Rutland Weekend Television" (Please BBC repeat this series). The songs are so clever - "I Must Be In Love' could've been an actual Beatles single it's that good. Neil Innes wrote the soundtrack which was deemed so good it was released as an album and 2 singles were released in the UK. The film follows so closely the actual events of the Beatles and George Harrison was so impressed with the script that he agreed to appear in the film. "Piggy in the Middle" (with absolutely spot on John Lennon-esq lyrics) perfectly recreates "Magical Mystery Tour" or in this case "Tragical History Tour" and the Yellow Submarine cartoon section looks so damn good that it will have you looking out for it next time you watch that film. "Love Life" is a perfect recreation of the television event of 1967 and by this point Neil Innes looks and sounds exactly like John Lennon. Everything is covered here, Lennons infamous "Bigger than Jesus" quote and it even mocks Apple (a pealed banana.) My favourite bit is Eric Idle tracing the musical roots of the Rutles, talking to 'Blind Lemon Pie' and finding out he should be talking to the bloke next door is one of the funniest few minutes of film I've seen - especially when he goes round there... "He's lying, he's always lying. Last week he said he invented the Everly Brothers." It's pant-wettingly funny. Regarded as a cult item now this is right up there with Spinal Tap but this is so much funnier, if you love the Beatles (who doesn't?) then you need to see this, one of the cleverest and most affectionate spoofs ever made. Buy the album too - for a parody the songs are superb.


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