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Reportedly, Ringo Starr declined to participate in the re-recording of original songs by The Beatles for this movie.
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To film the part where Paul McCartney dreams himself as a poor man playing guitar on the street for some food money, McCartney really did play on the street disguised in filthy clothes. He received real money from passersby.
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Ringo Starr originally wanted to play a villain in this movie.
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When Paul McCartney starred in this movie, he returned to the big screen in a starring role after a gap of fourteen years. His previous lead part in a picture prior to this film had been in Let It Be (1970), a documentary.
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Feature film directorial debut for commercials director Peter Webb. It is not only the first but also the final feature film as a director for Webb.
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Debut as a feature film screenwriter for Paul McCartney. This movie realized a long-held ambition of McCartney's to write a screenplay.
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This movie featured two of the members of The Beatles: Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney. George Harrison though was not involved with this production. This picture represents a big screen reunion for Starr and McCartney, as it was the first time they had both appeared in a feature film since the documentary Let It Be (1970). Moreover, both of their wives, Barbara Bach and Linda McCartney respectively, appeared in the movie.
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Three new songs were written especially for this movie by Paul McCartney.
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This movie's title is a take on the title of the earlier picture Give My Regards to Broadway (1948). That movie was released in 1948, the digit reverse of this movie's release year, 1984 and a gap of thirty-six years. The title is also said to equally have come from London's Broad Street Railway Station. Paul McCartney once said regarding the film's title: "That station was like fate. It was waiting for us. I'd been searching in my mind for a title for a film and liked the idea of a parody on Give My Regards to Broadway (1948) - a New Yorkerish title that I could give a London twist to. When we filmed at Broad Street station, I knew I'd got it. It's a nice feeling when things happen naturally like that."
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This movie featured new arrangements of classic songs by The Beatles including "Here There and Everywhere", "Eleanor Rigby" and "Yesterday".
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Final feature film performance for Barbara Bach. It is also the penultimate appearance in a filmed production for Bach.
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Most of this movie's lead cast have character names the same as their real first names. This included Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and Linda McCartney as Paul, Ringo and Linda respectively.
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Paul McCartney once described this picture as "an old-fashioned musical , nothing heavy."
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Paul McCartney performed a number of different roles on this movie including lead actor, screenwriter, composer, song-writer, performer and music arranger.
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Director Richard Lester, director of such movies starring The Beatles as A Hard Day's Night (1964) and Help! (1965) reportedly turned-down an offer to direct this movie. However, Lester, about seven years later, did direct Paul McCartney's concert movie, Get Back (1991).
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Around the same time of the filming, Tracey Ullman filmed her music video for her hit song "They Don't Know" and had Paul McCartney do a cameo.
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Feature film debut in a leading role for Linda McCartney. She is seen in this movie playing the keyboards and as a photographer, two of her favorite pastimes, as well as ride a horse briefly.
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Broadstreet station, the train station this movie is named after, was closed and torn down in 1986 after it had become derelict in the early-'80s, as seen in the movie. The traffic from Broad Street station was moved to the nearby larger Liverpool Street station.
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Whilst developing this picture, Paul McCartney went to British Film Industry doyen David Puttnam who recommended a producer and director.
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Paul McCartney's post-Beatles work from his McCartney and Wings era also featured in this movie including the songs "So Bad", "Silly Love Songs" and "Band on the Run".
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This film's director Peter Webb once said of this movie: "I liked the film's Runyonesque feel and its irony. It's a totally imaginary story. What I've attempted to do is to make a film that is as original as the music within it, and as inventive. There's a mystical element in McCartney's music. The movie has a dream-like quality - it's strength is its simplicity."
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The MacGuffin in this movie is a set of master audio recording tapes of Paul McCartney's latest album release.
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Prior to this picture, many of the lead cast had appeared in a short film called The Cooler (1982). This included Paul McCartney and wife Linda McCartney and Ringo Starr and wife Barbara Bach.
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First feature film role for Ringo Starr after he had starred in Caveman (1981).
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This movie was touted by 'The Film Yearbook Volume 4' as potentially being a "blockbuster home movie".
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First theatrically released filmed production for Paul McCartney since Rockshow (1980). This film was made and released about four years after that 1980 concert film-documentary.
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Paul McCartney's first, final and only ever screen-writing credit for a theatrical feature film.
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Stars Linda McCartney and Paul McCartney were married.
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This movie featured two major musical production numbers.
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Cameo 

Ralph Richardson: As Jim, the East End publican who shares his above pub flat with an organ grinder's monkey.
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