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The Compleat Beatles (1982)

The history of the great British rock band.

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Narrator (voice)
Gerry Marsden ...
Himself - Gerry and the Pacemakers
Allan Williams ...
Himself - Beatles' First Manager
Bill Harry ...
Himself - Editor: Mersey Beat
Tony Sheridan ...
Himself
Horst Fascher ...
Himself - Manager: Star Club, Hamburg
Billy J. Kramer ...
Himself
Bob Wooler ...
Himself - DJ: Cavern Club
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Himself - Record Producer
Nicholas Schaffner ...
Himself - Author, The Beatles Forever
Milton Okun ...
Himself - Record Producer-Arranger
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Himself - The Beach Boys
Lenny Kaye ...
Himself - Guitarist
Wilfred Mellers ...
Himself - Musicologist
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Herself
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A documented account of the life and career of the Fab Four, from their early years in Liverpool to their breakup, featuring rare interview and concert footage. Written by Hiphats

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Trivia

Paul McCartney bought the rights to this film and removed it from circulation, presumably so that it wouldn't compete with the Beatles official Beatles Anthology documentary. See more »

Goofs

When they were told about the cartoon movie, Yellow Submarine, the narration states that the only thing the Beatles knew about the cartoon animation was that it was being done by the people that made "The Flintstones," a Hanna-Barbera Production.

Yellow Submarine was produced by Al Brodax and King Features Syndicate. See more »

Connections

Spoofed in The Compleat Al (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

Rock Island Line
Performed by Eddie Dixon
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Well titled movie indeed!
26 April 2004 | by (Southern California, USA) – See all my reviews

For any fan of the Beatles, this movie answers many questions, gives deeper insight, and entertains with lighthearted and yet sometimes depressing details. From the authoritative narration of Mr. McDowell to the unintended comical interviews with other musicians of that era and locale, this movie is pure entertainment in a delightful and educational process that leaves you feeling as if all of your previous fanaticism for these "4 mop-tops" was truly justified if not understated. My only wish it that it be made into a high quality DVD. This is a must-see for any fan of popular music and for anyone that never quite understood the whole Beatlemania thing. A definite 10!


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