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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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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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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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Trivia

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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While the Rutles are on stage playing "Between Us", Stig's guitar changes from an acoustic to an electric, and then quickly changes back. See more »

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Reporter: It must have been a great honor, meeting the queen.
Ron Nasty: Yes, it must have been.
Reporter: What did she ask you?
Barry Wom: She asked us who we were. And then to get out.
Reporter: What did you say?
Dirk McQuickly: [pointing at Ron Nasty] I said I was him.
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Goose-Step Mama
Written and Produced by Neil Innes
Parody based on "I Lost My Little Girl", Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney
Performed by Neil Innes, Ollie Halsall, Ricky Fataar and John Halsey
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An acquired taste, but well worth the effort
30 January 2003 | by (Rutland) – See all my reviews

Eric Idle's now-classic spoof of The Beatles grew out of his mid-seventies BBC TV series Rutland Weekend Television, which featured a fictional rock group called the Rutland Stones. A bit of creative thinking (and the genius stroke of bringing in the brilliant musical parodist Neil Innes) later, and the Rutles were born. This film, made on a tiny budget but displaying a greater range of ideas and imagination than a dozen current-day Hollywood blockbusters, tells the story of Dirk, Nasty, Stig and Barry, the 'pre-fab four', from their beginnings at the Rat Kellar in Hamburg through their first hit singles, their movies A Hard Day's Rut and Ouch, Che Stadium, tea addiction, Sgt Rutter's Only Darts Club Band, Surrey mystics, the lawsuits, the marriages, Rutle Corps and the final break-up of the band, with a glimpse of their post-fame lives.

The film is an acquired taste, requiring a certain knowledge of the Beatles' career and a liking for Eric Idle's droll sense of (mostly verbal and very British) humour, but if you enjoyed THIS IS SPINAL TAP, then this should bring a smile to your face. Despite it being Idle's project, he is very nearly upstaged at every turn by Innes, who not only offers a letter-perfect pastiche of the Beatles' songs (the highlights being 'Doubleback Alley', 'Piggy In The Middle', 'I Must Be In Love' and 'Cheese and Onions'), but also an uncanny performance as Ron Nasty - the way he walks, talks, slouches, poses and arranges his features are almost scarily close to the real Lennon, particularly his delivery of the line "I'd like to own a squadron of tanks". Everyone will have their own favourite moment, but the superb recreation of the psychedelic animation style of YELLOW SUBMARINE wins it for me every time. The cameos by Mick Jagger and Paul Simon are rather pointless, and they do disrupt the fantasy, but George Harrison is spot-on as a journalist and the Saturday Night Live players are good in their cameo roles. How could anyone resist Bill Murray the K?!


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