Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1978)

PG  |   |  Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy  |  24 July 1978 (USA)
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Small town band hits it big, but they must battle a nefarious plot in the music industry.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mark Henderson
Dave Henderson
Bob Henderson
Frankie Howerd ...
Dougie Shears
B.D. Hoffler
Aerosmith ...
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Marvin Sunk (the 'Sun King')
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The Diamonds


Ever since they were sent into WWI battle in 1918, Sgt. Pepper and his Lonely Hearts Club Band of Heartland, USA have been spreading the message of joy and love to the world, which has made them and Heartland famous. Upon Sgt. Pepper's death in 1958, the band's instruments have been housed on display at Heartland City Hall as symbols of that love and joy. Before his death, Sgt. Pepper asked his adolescent grandson Billy Shears to take on the reigns of forming his own band to continue to spread the message of joy and love. With Billy's brother Dougie Shears as their manager, Billy, now an adult, and his three best friends - brothers Mark, Dave and Bob Henderson - embark on their lives as a new Lonely Hearts Club Band. They quickly come to the attention of Hollywood music producer B.D. Hoffler Of B.D. (Big Deal) Records. With the boys off to Hollywood to spread the words of joy and love to the world, enter into Heartland the evil and demented Mr. Mustard, an ex-real estate agent who ... Written by Huggo

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A splendid time is guaranteed for all. See more »


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Release Date:

24 July 1978 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Banda de los corazones  »

Box Office


$18,000,000 (estimated)


$12,900,000 (USA)

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(35 mm prints)| (70 mm prints)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Many actors and singers turned down roles in the film, including Olivia Newton-John (Strawberry Fields), Donna Summer (Lucy), Elton John, Barry Manilow, Bob Hope (Mr. Kite), Doris Day (Mrs. Fields) and Rock Hudson (Mr. Fields). See more »


On the contract signed by the band, Bob's signature changes from one shot to another. See more »


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Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney
Performed by George Burns
Produced by George Martin
By Arrangement with Northern Songs Limited
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A Guilty Pleasure
8 May 2004 | by (Alberta, Canada) – See all my reviews

In 1978, when I was 12 years old, we were living in Moscow, while my father was stationed at the Canadian Embassy. To escape the "fun" of living behind the Iron Curtain, we routinely took the Moscow-Helsinki express and travelled around Scandinavia. Our trip always ended at this huge department store in Helsinki, where we'd order all our non-perishable groceries until our next trip. My brother and I were allowed to purchase one record apiece to take back with us.

So one time, I picked up the soundtrack to this film. I don't think the movie had been released yet. Goodness knows, I didn't know that the movie was going to be a howler. All I know is that I loved the soundtrack. I listened to it over and over, and pored over the photographs on the album cover, trying to get a sense of the movie.

A few years later, I read "The Golden Turkey Awards" and then I started to realize how bad the movie was. I didn't get my chance to see it until 1997. Oh, it stunk! Cheese everywhere, from the awkward love story to the campy antics of the villain and his robots.

And yet, I watch it every time it comes on TV. Finally, I have the movie to go with the soundtrack. And let's face it - I love cheesy movies.

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