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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 ...
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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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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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Henry Woolf ...
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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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The Rutles, a living legend that will live long after other living legends have died. See more »

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22 March 1978 (USA)  »

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$200,000 (estimated)
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All The Beatles members, and Apple Corps, consented to use of the Shea Stadium concert footage, along with other real footage cut in with Rutle footage. See more »

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In one of the movie scenes where The Rutles descend an outdoor fire exit/staircase, there is a 1970s VW Rabbit parked near the base of the stairs. The scene supposedly took place in the mid-1960s.

It would indeed be out of context in the "60s. However, the movie doesn't state the actual years when The Rutles ruled. Looking at "A Hard Day's Night" movie, we'll see a Beetle parked in the exact same location as the Beatles run down the same stairs. This was just one more genius private joke in this extremely references-dense movie. See more »

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Dirk McQuickly: What Ron and I will do is probably to write some songs y'know, and sell them to people... uh... we tried to write some for the uh, The Rolling Stones, and they're probably gonna buy them.
Mick Jagger: The one for that was Dirk really, he was the real huckster for the songs, I think. Y'know, always wantin' to sell us songs, y'know. They came down... they came down and we were trying to rehearse, and they said "you wanna song?, said "yeah" cause we were really open for songs, cause we didn't write our own. ...
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Brian Thigh, Ex-Record producer who turned down the Rutles See more »

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Spoofs Help! (1965) 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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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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