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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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22 March 1978 (USA)  »

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All You Need Is Cash  »

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$200,000 (estimated)
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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Ollie Halsall, briefly seen as Leppo, the 5th Rutle, provided the singing voice for Dirk McQuickley (Eric Idle). See more »

Goofs

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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[Ron Nasty and wife Chastity are giving a press conference in Nasty's shower]
Ron Nasty: We're doing this for peace, and basically to show that the world is, you know, going astray in its thinking.
Reporter: What are you doing?
Ron Nasty: We're getting wet. In a shower. Because, basically, we talked it over, Chastity and myself, and we came to the conclusion that civilization is nothing more than an effective sewage system. And so by the use of plumbing we hope to demonstrate this to the world.
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Brian Thigh, Ex-Record producer who turned down the Rutles See more »

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Spoofs Yellow Submarine (1968) See more »

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It's Looking Good
Written and Produced by Neil Innes
Parody based on "I'm Looking Through You" and "I Don't Want to Spoil the Party", both Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney
Performed by Neil Innes, Ollie Halsall, Ricky Fataar and John Halsey
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Man, this is mean!
21 September 2006 | by See all my reviews

Although parodies never actually rise to the level of their victim they may be lethally funny at least. Some days ago when I was watching the Beatles Anthology, I suddenly started to remember scenes from this movie and I noticed that was laughing to myself. This only indicates how 'The Rutles: All You Need Is Cash' works other way around too.

Although the Rutles is a very funny comedy itself it does require that you know both Beatles and Monty Python relatively well. Otherwise you might lose something very essential. On the other hand 'The Rutles' can be watched many times again and again without losing a bit of its fascination and there aren't quite many films that can compete with that quality - and even less comedies! For a comedy there is a noteworthy section of famous persons presented as the supporting cast. When making 'The Rutles' Eric Idle was at the top of his fame and he received really good support for this film which is one of those ultra rare examples on how to create Pythonesque comedy and do it even better than the Monties.


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