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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.
John Halsey ...
Ricky Fataar ...
Stig O'Hara (as Rikki Fataar)
Neil Innes ...
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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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22 March 1978 (USA)  »

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$200,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Neil Innes, Ricky Fataar and John Halsey regrouped in 1996 to record "Archaeology", their satirical response to the Beatles' "Anthology". It consisted of tunes not used in the movie, rearranged Innes solo songs and one song penned as a spoof of "Free as a Bird". Eric Idle didn't take part; Dirk McQuickly, the album's press materials explained, had quit the music business to become a comedian. See more »

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In one scene the Pre-Fab Four are in front of a wall with some graffiti in it. The words spell the name of a group that didn't form until 1972: Be Bop Deluxe. See more »

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Narrator: And you turned down the Rutles.
Brian Thigh: Yeah, yeah.
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Narrator: What's it like being an asshole?
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Stanley J. Krammerhead III, Jr., Occasional visiting professor of applied narcotics at the University of Please Yourself Ca. See more »

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Spoofs Our World (1967) See more »

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Blue Suede Schubert
Written and Produced by Neil Innes
Parody based on "Roll Over Beethoven", Written by Chuck Berry
Performed by Neil Innes, Ollie Halsall, Ricky Fataar and John Halsey
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While "The Rutles" doesn't contain any outright belly laughs, there are many times when I chuckled and the humor was extremely clever
2 December 2006 | by (Worcester, MA) – See all my reviews

While "The Rutles" doesn't contain any outright belly laughs, there are many times when I chuckled and the humor was extremely clever. The mockumentory spoof of The Beatles has become a cult classic. You have to give credit to Eric Idle for conceiving such an accurate and well-researched spoof. In many ways, this can almost be seen as the dry run for "This Is Spinal Tap". If you are a fan of "Spinal Tap", "Monty Python", vintage "SNL", or the fab four, you'll most likely be amused by this made for TV movie.

One of the reasons why it works so well is the amount of comedic talent assembled. Eric Idle and Michael Palin from "Monty Python", Neil Innes from the Bonzo Doo Dog Band (who were featured in The Beatles' "Magical Mystery Tour"), and many cast members from the original season of "SNL" (John Belushi, Dan Ackroyd, Bill Murray, Gilda Radner). Adding to this are cameos from musicians such as George Harrison and Ron Wood, and interviews with Mick Jagger and Paul Simon. Fans of the 70s will be in heaven! Plus the songs are both hilarious and catchy and well written, something which "Spinal Tap" would also manage to pull off. "The Rutles" is refreshing, very amusing, and deserving of its cult classic status. (7/10)


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