The Beatles first film since "Help" was largely Paul McCartney's project. The story follows a bus load of eccentric characters on a magic journey through the English countryside. Rather than a unified narrative, it becomes a series of psychedelic clips promoting various songs including "The Fool on the Hill," "Blue Jay Way," "Your Mother Should Know," "I Am the Walrus" and "Magical Mystery Tour." The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band are seen in a strip club playing "Death Cab for Cutie."
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The film bombed both times it appeared on British television. Once the reviews were in, ABC canceled plans to show it during Easter weekend 1968. However, it became a modest success in the 1970s on the American midnight and college movie circuits. The film has been shown sporadically on American independent and public TV stations. See more
Some shots of the bus driving along country lanes were obviously shot at a later date, when the bus was empty. In The Beatles "Anthology" book, Neil Aspinall
describes taking the bus back out on the road after filming had finished, to shoot some external links which had been forgotten. See more
I am your friendly Courier. Mister Bloodvessel is my name. Buster Bloodvessel.
Made in England by The Beatles See more
The 1988 home video release featured re-mixed stereo versions of the songs and restored & re-mastered "Visual" (pictue) & dialogue (sound). See more
Composed by Jacques Offenbach See more