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The Rutles: All You Need Is Cash (1978)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Music | TV Movie 22 March 1978
Charts the adventures of the prefab four, possibly the most famous band of all time.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Dirk McQuickly / The Narrator / Stanley J. Krammerhead III, Jr.
John Halsey ... Barry Womble
Ricky Fataar ... Stig O'Hara (as Rikki Fataar)
Neil Innes ... Ron Nasty
... Eric Manchester, Rutle Corp. Press Agent / Lawyer
... The Interviewer
... Martini McQuickly
... Ron Decline, The most feared promoter in the world
... Brian Thigh, Ex-Record producer who turned down the Rutles
... Mrs. Emily Pules
... Bill Murray the K
... Mrs. Iris Mountbatten / Chastity
... Hells Angel (as Ron Wood)
... Leggy Mountbatten
... Arthur Sultan, The Surrey Mystic
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Rutland Weekend Television takes a look at the Pre-fab Four: Dirk, Barry, Stig and Nasty; better known as the Rutles. This documentary follows their career from their early days in Liverpool and Hamburg's infamous Rat-Keller, to their amazing worldwide success. A parody of Beatlemania and the many serious documentaries made about the Beatles. Written by Alexander Lum <aj_lum@postoffice.utas.edu.au>

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The Rutles, a living legend that will live long after other living legends have died. See more »

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$200,000 (estimated)
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As a member of the Bonzo Dog Band, Neil Innes actually had a cameo role in the Beatles' Magical Mystery Tour (1967). See more »

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The narrator said that "Ratkeller" means literally in German "Cellar of rats". But "Ratkeller" means actually "counsil cellar". A "cellar of rats" would be "Rattenkeller". See more »

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Reporter: Do you feel better after seeing the Queen?
Ron Nasty: No, you feel better after seeing the doctor!
Dirk McQuickly: Not my doctor you don't!
Ron Nasty: No, not your doctor.
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Spun-off from Saturday Night Live: Eric Idle/Joe Cocker/Stuff (1976) See more »

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Love Life
Written and Produced by Neil Innes
Parody based on "All You Need Is Love", Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney
Performed by Neil Innes, Ollie Halsall, Ricky Fataar and John Halsey
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not quite the Beatles ...
31 July 2004 | by See all my reviews

This affectionate spoof of The Beatles rise to fame and fortunes after their split was a collaboration between a couple of Pythons, some of the SNL cast, and Neil Innes of the Bonzo Dog Band. It's an interesting combination, which grew from bits in the Rutland Weekend Television show.

With a soundtrack featuring the likes of 'Ouch!' (instead of Help!); 'Get Up And Go' (instead of Get Back), and an animated 'Cheese and Onions', you just know this is going to be silly. The thing is that the songs by Innes are just brilliant, as memorable as anything the Fab Four did.

But The Rutles are The Prefab Four, so let's concentrate on their story. Eric Idle has the most roles to play as well as being the Rutles' version of Macca, and narrates the thing throughout. Neil Innes is the Lennon equivalent, complete with cute Scouse accent, while John Halsey (as Barrington Womble, forever known as Barry Wom) is the Rutles' Ringo, and Rikki Fataar is the George equivalent, Stig. Their story basically equates to the Beatles' - except that their manager Leggy Mountbatten goes to Australia, where they have to resort to contacting him through the Ouija board (and by letters); they form a company to produce other acts - which fails - and end up playing their last gig on a London rooftop. There's even a spoof of the broadcast which featured 'All You Need Is Love'.

The SNL guys - Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Gilda Radner, and John Belushi - fit in just fine. Alongside them are Mick Jagger and Paul Simon playing themselves talking about the Rutles ... as well as a sneaky appearance from Python friend and financier George Harrison as a reporter.

If you're a Beatles fan or a fan of anyone connected with this, you'll love it.


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