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Let It Be (1969)

The filmed account of The Beatles' attempt to recapture their old group spirit by making a back to basics album, which instead drove them further apart.
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
The Beatles ... Themselves (uncredited)
George Harrison ... Self (The Beatles) (uncredited)
John Lennon ... Self (The Beatles) (uncredited)
Paul McCartney ... Self (The Beatles) (uncredited)
Yoko Ono ... Self (uncredited)
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Peter Sellers ... Self (scenes deleted)
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A documentary showing both how The Beatles made music together, and how they split up. Hundreds of hours of raw footage was condensed into the final product. The rooftop performance ending the film remains a rock-n-roll archetype. Written by Ed Chen <echen@bcm.tmc.edu>

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An intimate experience on film See more »

Genres:

Documentary | Music

Certificate:

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Trivia

Proposed titles for the film included "Beatles at Work" and "Get Back". "Get Back" was also the original title for the album that became "Let It Be". See more »

Goofs

At one point rehearsing "I've Got A Feeling", John is heard singing (and bantering) with Paul, but his mouth isn't moving on camera. See more »

Quotes

John Lennon: I'd like to say thank you on behalf of the group and ourselves, and I hope we pass the audition.
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Alternate Versions

There are bootleg tapes that exist of some footage not used in the final release, including a moment where Peter Sellers visits the band. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Bandwagon (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

One After 909
Performed by The Beatles
Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney
Published by Apple Records
Courtesy of Apple Records
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PLEASE, RELEASE IT!!
10 November 2001 | by f.gimenezSee all my reviews

I watched this Beatles documentary for the first time when it was released for the second time in the Spanish theaters in 1980.

I enjoyed it very much in spite of being 10 years old, because a friend of mine had the "Let it be" tape and we used to listen to it very often and we both knew all the songs pretty well. We had a splendid time.

Now I have a copy in VHS of the film and I use to watch it from time to time.

I know it´s mostly a documentary about The Beatles break-up which is kind of sad, but it would be unfair to say the film is not most enjoyable and besides the rehearsals and the arguments, it ends with the very last Beatles concert, (the famous rooftop concert).

The Beatles were four guys who spent some six years together 24 hours a day, "eight days a week" as they would say, working very hard, dealing with all kind of stressing events and it´s logical they split up in the end. Fame is very expensive. George Harrison explains it very well in the last chapter of The Beatles Anthology: "The fans gave the money and the screams, and The Beatles kind of gave their nervous systems...". And I agree with him. It had to be hell!.

None of the four Beatles was to blame for their break-up, that´s something that just had to happen.

If you ever have the chance of watching this film, just do it. It´s a must for all the Beatles fans and all the music lovers.

I hope this gem is released in DVD with lots of extras in the near future!!. Please, release it!!.

Long live the Beatles!.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 May 1970 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Let It Be See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,061,569
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Apple Corps, ABKCO Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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