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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 / S.J. Krammerhead
John Halsey ... Barry Wom
Ricky Fataar ... Stig O'Hara (as Rikki Fataar)
Neil Innes ... Ron Nasty
... Eric Manchester
... The Interviewer
... Martini
... Ron Decline
... Brian Thigh
... Mrs. Emily Pules
... Bill Murray the K.
... Mrs. Iris Mountbatten / Chastity
... A Hells Angel (as Ron Wood)
... Leggy Mountbatten
... Arthur Sultan
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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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All The Beatles members, and Apple Corps, consented to use of the Shea Stadium concert footage, along with other real footage cut in with Rutle footage. See more »

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In one of the movie scenes where The Rutles descend an outdoor fire exit/staircase, there is a 1970s VW Rabbit parked near the base of the stairs. The scene supposedly took place in the mid-1960s.

It would indeed be out of context in the "60s. However, the movie doesn't state the actual years when The Rutles ruled. Looking at "A Hard Day's Night" movie, we'll see a Beetle parked in the exact same location as the Beatles run down the same stairs. This was just one more genius private joke in this extremely references-dense movie. See more »

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[answers to reporter's question, "What's your ambition?"]
Barry Wom: I'd like to be a hairdresser. Or two. I'd like to be two hairdressers.
Ron Nasty: [sullenly] I'd like to own a squadron of tanks.
Dirk McQuickly: What Ron and I'll do is probably to write some songs, you know, and sell them to people.
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Spoofs The Ed Sullivan Show (1948) See more »

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Number One
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Written and Produced by Neil Innes
Performed by Neil Innes, Ollie Halsall, Ricky Fataar and John Halsey
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Funny, but could have been even better
18 May 2003 | by See all my reviews

If you're a fan of the Beatles or of Monty Python's Flying Circus (and I happen to be both), it's hard to dislike this classic take-off of the Beatles phenomenon masterminded by Python's Eric Idle and composer Neil Innes that lampoons the Fab Four so precisely that the attention to detail for Beatlemaniacs will be even more impressive than the wit.

Some of the gags are priceless ("Their first album took twenty minutes to record. Their second took even longer."), but that's nothing compared to Idle's spoofing of familiar Beatles set pieces: the John & Yoko chaacters press conference for peace held in a shower, the Rutles looking "shocked and stunned" in their reaction when told of their manager's demise, and the playful banter with the media (Q: Do you feel better after seeing the queen? Rutle: No. You feel better after seeing the doctor. Rutle: Not my doctor, you don't.) And, in the traditional Python style, it's a documentary that spoofs documentaries. In one scene, narrator Idle finds himself chasing after a tracking shot that goes speeding away without him.

But the thing about it is that really satisfies on the level of the obsessed Beatle fan who knows absolutely everything there is about the Beatles' story. The Kaiserkeller is referenced as the Rat Kellar, an old hotspot crawling with rats, the Beatles' detested music publisher Dick James gets a dig ("a music publisher of no fixed ability"), the thievery going on at Apple, Ringo's fascination with the I Ching, and even Allen Klein appears (John Belushi, wearing Klein's trademark turtleneck sweater). Amidst all that, the true highlight (as was the case with the Beatles' movies themselves) is the music. Neil Innes' parodies of Beatle songs are dead-on in style and substance without ridiculing or plagiarizing them ("A Girl Like You" is close to "If I Fell", but not quite). He also gives a more-than-credible performance playing the John Lennon character. On the negative side, I thought Idle kind of glossed over the disintegration of the band- a period ripe for comic parody, and the bit about Idle in New Orleans interviewing old blues singers who supposedly inspired the band is a total throwaway. Besides, weren't the Beatles inspired by R & R pioneers like Chuck Berry and Little Richard rather than Muddy Waters? I think that's Idle's one slip-up to Beatle history.

This movie will be compared, perhaps unfavorably, to This Is Spinal Tap. I think they're about even. But for the definite word on Beatles (or Rutles) commentary, this is it. And the songs are even better than the jokes.


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