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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)
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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As Stig O'Hara, "the quiet Rutle," Ricky Fataar does not have one spoken line in the entire film. 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: 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 ...
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Number One
Written and Produced by Neil Innes
Parody based on "Twist And Shout", Written by Phil Medley and Bert Berns and arranged by John Lennon and Paul McCartney
Performed by Neil Innes, Ollie Halsall, Ricky Fataar and John Halsey
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Deeply Impressed...
14 September 2002 | by (The Netherlands) – See all my reviews

...With Neil Innes!

Generally I thought the movie was great. There were some very funny moments in it. My favorites; the Bath In and when George Harrison is interviewing Micheal Palin and behind them the strangest things get stolen. Recognizing all the famous (and less famous) Beatle moments and footage was a lot of fun.

But the best thing about the movie was Neil Innes. Not only did he write those great songs in the movie, but he also gives an incredibly accurate performance of John/Nasty. Every move he makes, every word he says, the way he looks, the way he sings, the way he talks... He IS John there. Wonderful, even in all the serious movies that featured someone portraying John, I have never seen anyone do so very well.


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