All You Need Is Cash (1978)
"The Rutles: All You Need Is Cash" (original title)

TV Movie  |   |  Comedy, Music  |  22 March 1978 (USA)
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Charts the adventures of the prefab four, possibly the most famous band of all time.




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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
Leggy Mountbatten
Henry Woolf ...
Arthur Sultan, The Surrey Mystic


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 <>

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22 March 1978 (USA)  »

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$200,000 (estimated)

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Did You Know?


The Rutles originally began as a sketch on Eric Idle's UK show Rutland Weekend Television (1975), showing the band (with Idle as Harrison) playing a slower version of "I Must Be in Love" in their movie "A Hard Day's Rut." Lorne Michaels aired the clip on Saturday Night Live (1975) when Idle hosted, which led to a deal for the TV special. See more »


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 »


Reporter: Do you feel better after seeing the Queen?
Ron Nasty: No, you feel better after seeing the doctor!
Dirk McQuickly: Not my doctor you don't!
Ron Nasty: No, not your doctor.
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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
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I must be in luv
16 August 2003 | by (Long Island, NY) – See all my reviews

I just picked up this Dvd and I can't stop watching it. It brought back such good memories. The first time I saw this I must have been 13 and I had just become a Beatles fan. I was like "what the ...?" I then bought the soundtrack on vinyl ( which I still play ) Its just great to see all those people up there having fun, Neil Innes and Erics Idle are brilliant.

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