The Rutles: All You Need Is Cash ()

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Charts the adventures of the prefab four, possibly the most famous band of all time.


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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
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
Jeannette Charles ...
A Queen of England
Carinthia West ...
The Bigamy Sisters
Decline's Henchman
Sleazy Merchandiser
Decline's henchman
Archie Macaw, Record Producer
Barry Cryer ...
Dick Jaws, Music Publisher
Penelope Tree ...
Penelope, Stig's Wife
Robert Putt ...
Tania Kosevich ...
German Streetwalker
Jerome Greene ...
Blind Lemon Pye (as Jerome Green)
Vivienne Cohen
Bob Gibson ...
Ruttling Orange Peel
Ollie Halsall ...
Leppo, The 5th Rutle
Pat Pierre Perkins ...
Mrs. Peel (as Pat Perkins)
Ray Tranter ...
Sir Brain Morrison, Oxford Music Professor
Bunny May ...
Journalist / Bobby
Debbie Waterson
Mick Jagger - Rock Star
Paul Simon - Interviewee
Roger McGough ...
Roger McGough - Liverpool Poet
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Himself (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
Ron Gwynne ...
Groupie #2 (uncredited)
Himself (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
Gary Weis ...
Photographer getting off train (uncredited)

Directed by

Eric Idle
Gary Weis

Written by

Eric Idle ... (conceived and written by)

Produced by

Craig Kellem ... producer
Lorne Michaels ... executive producer
Gary Weis ... producer

Music by

Neil Innes

Cinematography by

Gary Weis

Film Editing by

Aviva Slesin

Editorial Department

Colin Berwick ... editor: UK
Iris Cahn ... assistant editor: USA
Joe Illing ... assistant editor: UK

Art Direction by

Peta Button

Costume Design by

Polly Hamilton

Makeup Department

Linda Brine ... assistant hair stylist / assistant makeup artist
Catherine Elwes ... assistant hair stylist / assistant makeup artist
Trisha Kelly ... assistant hair stylist / assistant makeup artist
Elaine Smith ... hair stylist / makeup artist

Production Management

Roger Simons ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Clive Hedges ... first assistant director
Kenneth Hunter ... assistant director: U.S. (as Ken Hunter)
Susanne Rostock ... assistant director: U.S. (as Suzanne Rostock)

Art Department

Tommy Bacon ... property master
Tony Cohen ... graphic designer

Sound Department

Joseph F. Brennan ... sound assistant (as Jo Brennan)
John Chandler ... sound assistant
Tony Jackson ... sound
Jane Landis ... sound
John Relph ... sound assistant
Bruce White ... sound

Camera and Electrical Department

Julian Doyle ... additional photographer
John Etherington ... grip
Chris Sargent ... camera operator: second unit
Davis Strickland ... still photographer

Costume and Wardrobe Department

Norma Moriceau ... assistant costumes

Location Management

Derek Parr ... location manager

Music Department

Neil Innes ... lyricist
Steve James ... music editor
John Altman ... music arranger: brass and string arrangements (uncredited)

Other crew

Sallianne Branson ... production secretary
Eric Kahane ... french adaptation: original version with subtitles
Pat Rambaut ... continuity
Bill Rudgard ... production assistant (as Bill Rudguard)
Ray Tranter ... accountant
Jacques Volcouve ... french adaptation: original version with subtitles


John Day ... thanks
Paul Hecht ... thanks
Paul Schonfield ... thanks
Ann Stein ... thanks
Susan Stone ... thanks
Tim Stone ... thanks
Pam Turner ... thanks

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines Comedy spoof of Beatlemania from Monty Python's Eric Idle... See more »
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Also Known As
  • The Rutles in All You Need Is Cash (United States)
  • All You Need Is Cash (United States)
  • The Rutles (Germany)
  • The Rutles - All you need is Cash (Germany)
  • Ратлз: Всё, что тебе нужно - бабки (Soviet Union, Russian title)
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  • 76 min
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Budget $200,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

Trivia Eric Idle mentions in his "memoir" available on the DVD what the actual Beatles thought of the film. According to him, George Harrison was very supportive and encouraged him, Paul McCartney was disapproving at first but relented when he found that Idle grew up near Liverpool (though his wife Linda always loved it), Ringo Starr liked the happier scenes in the film, but felt the scenes that mimicked sadder times hit too close, and John Lennon (along with Yoko Ono) adored it and refused to return the videotape and soundtrack he was given for approval. He told Neil Innes, however, that "Get Up and Go" was too close to The Beatles' "Get Back" and to be careful not to be sued by ATV Music, owners of the Beatles catalogue's copyright at the time. The song was consequently omitted from the 1978 vinyl LP soundtrack. See more »
Goofs As the Rutles get off the Bognor Express train, a cameraman with a 1970s movie camera is seen following the Rutles out. This recognized as a mistake by Eric Idle on the DVD Director's commentary, where Idle also identifies the cameraman as Gary Weis (co-director and chief cinematographer). See more »
Movie Connections Edited from Episode #17.19 (1964). See more »
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Quotes Narrator: Mick, why do you think the Rutles broke up?
Mick Jagger: Why do I think they did? Why did the Rutles break up? Women. Just women. Getting in the way. Cherchez la femme, you know.
Narrator: Do you think they'll ever get back together again?
Mick Jagger: I hope not.
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