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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.

Directors:

Eric Idle, Gary Weis

Writer:

Eric Idle (conceived and written by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Eric Idle ... Dirk McQuickly / The Narrator / S.J. Krammerhead
John Halsey John Halsey ... Barry Wom
Ricky Fataar Ricky Fataar ... Stig O'Hara (as Rikki Fataar)
Neil Innes Neil Innes ... Ron Nasty
Michael Palin ... Eric Manchester
George Harrison ... The Interviewer
Bianca Jagger ... Martini
John Belushi ... Ron Decline
Dan Aykroyd ... Brian Thigh
Gilda Radner ... Mrs. Emily Pules
Bill Murray ... Bill Murray the K.
Gwen Taylor ... Mrs. Iris Mountbatten / Chastity
Ronnie Wood ... A Hells Angel (as Ron Wood)
Terence Bayler ... Leggy Mountbatten
Henry Woolf ... Arthur Sultan
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Storyline

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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Comedy spoof of Beatlemania from Monty Python's Eric Idle... See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Music

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 March 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

All You Need Is Cash See more »

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Budget:

$200,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

There are conflicting accounts concerning the glider that flies over the wall during "Piggy in the Middle" from "The Tragical History Tour." In his DVD commentary, Eric Idle says the appearance of the glider was totally unexpected. But in an interview with Q Magazine (Feb. 1996), second unit cameraman Chris Sargent says he knew there was a gliding school nearby, and that he suggested asking an instructor to fly a glider over the wall. Both accounts agree that the glider came so close, the "policemen" atop the wall panicked. See more »

Goofs

The 'Tragical History Tour' film within the film says it was made in 1968, but the bus has a 'J' suffix registration plate which means the bus was first registered between August 1970 and July 1971. See more »

Quotes

Dirk McQuickly: What Ron and I will do is probably to write some songs y'know, and sell them to people... uh... we tried to write some for the uh, The Rolling Stones, and they're probably gonna buy them.
Mick Jagger: The one for that was Dirk really, he was the real huckster for the songs, I think. Y'know, always wantin' to sell us songs, y'know. They came down... they came down and we were trying to rehearse, and they said "you wanna song?, said "yeah" cause we were really open for songs, cause we didn't write our own. ...
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Alternate Versions

The region 1 DVD contains an alternate edit from all previously released video releases. See more »

Connections

Spoofs The Beatles at Shea Stadium (1966) See more »

Soundtracks

Between Us (Made For Each Other)
(uncredited)
Written and Produced by Neil Innes
Performed by Neil Innes, Ollie Halsall, Ricky Fataar and John Halsey
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Four Lads Who Shook Their Heads
8 May 2002 | by henfishSee all my reviews

Rags to riches story of Dirk (Eric Idle), Barry (John Halsey), Stig (Rikki Fataar) and Nasty (Neil Innes): The Rutles. We follow their journey from humble Merseyside beginnings in Liverpool's Cavern Club to global superstardom under the secure (if somewhat shaky) hand of their manager, 'Leggy' Mountbatten. This intriguing and revelatory voyage to the highest echelons of the pop world and subsequent (and almost obligatory) mass litigation features several contributions from celebrity fans of the pre-fab four; ready to reveal to the waiting world exactly 'how it was'!!!

Brilliant mock-umentary stands as a glowing beacon to the Beatles (including a self-deprecating cameo from producer Harrison) with an astute collection of marvellous mickey-takes of the fab's more pivotal moments performed by four actors clearly having the time of their lives. (Idle and Innes are inspired). All this interweaved with Innes' uncannilly excellent soundtrack (inc. the sublime 'Let's Be Natural') makes for a must see film for true devotees of Beatles and comedy alike.


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