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Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1978)

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A small-town band hits it big, but they must battle a nefarious plot in the music industry.

Director:

Michael Schultz

Writers:

Henry Edwards, Tom O'Horgan (play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Frampton ... Billy Shears
Barry Gibb ... Mark Henderson
Robin Gibb ... Dave Henderson
Maurice Gibb ... Bob Henderson
Frankie Howerd ... Mr. Mustard
Paul Nicholas ... Dougie Shears
Donald Pleasence ... B.D. Hoffler
Sandy Farina ... Strawberry Fields
Dianne Steinberg ... Lucy
Steve Martin ... Dr. Maxwell Edison
Aerosmith ... Future Villain Band (FVB)
Alice Cooper ... Marvin Sunk (the 'Sun King')
Earth Wind & Fire ... Earth, Wind & Fire
Billy Preston ... Sergeant Pepper
Stargard Stargard ... The Diamonds
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Storyline

Ever since they were sent into World War I battle in 1918, Sergeant Pepper and his Lonely Hearts Club Band of Heartland, USA have been spreading the message of joy and love to the world, which has made them and Heartland famous. Upon Sergeant Pepper's death in 1958, the band's instruments have been housed on display at Heartland City Hall as symbols of that love and joy. Before his death, Sergeant Pepper asked his adolescent grandson Billy Shears to take on the reins of forming his own band to continue to spread the message of joy and love. With Billy's brother Dougie Shears as their Manager, Billy, now an adult, and his three best friends, brothers Mark, Dave, and Bob Henderson, embark on their lives as a new Lonely Hearts Club Band. They quickly come to the attention of Hollywood music producer B.D. Hoffler Of B.D. (Big Deal) Records. With the boys off to Hollywood to spread the words of joy and love to the world, enter into Heartland the evil and demented Mr. Mustard, an ex-real ... Written by Huggo

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A splendid time is guaranteed for all. See more »


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Trivia

The Bee Gees tried to get dropped from the film two weeks into production. See more »

Goofs

At the 51:52 mark, when B.D. Hoffler (Donald Pleasence) reaches his right hand across the front of the robe being worn by Lucy (Dianne Steinberg), his hand accidentally brushes the edge of her robe, very briefly exposing her left breast. It only lasts for about one frame and is very difficult to see. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Kite: [over Strawberry Fields' funeral procession, right after "Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight"] ... The instruments were safely back in Heartland; but was it worth such a cost? Could anybody or anything make all well again, like it used to be in Heartland?
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Crazy Credits

The old black-and-white Universal Studios logo with a biplane circling a globe is used at the start of the film with added animated explosions in color going off around it. See more »

Connections

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Soundtracks

She's Leaving Home
Music and Lyrics by John Lennon and Paul McCartney
Performed by The Bee Gees, Jay W. MacIntosh, John Wheeler
Produced by George Martin
By Arrangement with Northern Songs Limited
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A Guilty Pleasure
8 May 2004 | by angelaboykoSee all my reviews

In 1978, when I was 12 years old, we were living in Moscow, while my father was stationed at the Canadian Embassy. To escape the "fun" of living behind the Iron Curtain, we routinely took the Moscow-Helsinki express and travelled around Scandinavia. Our trip always ended at this huge department store in Helsinki, where we'd order all our non-perishable groceries until our next trip. My brother and I were allowed to purchase one record apiece to take back with us.

So one time, I picked up the soundtrack to this film. I don't think the movie had been released yet. Goodness knows, I didn't know that the movie was going to be a howler. All I know is that I loved the soundtrack. I listened to it over and over, and pored over the photographs on the album cover, trying to get a sense of the movie.

A few years later, I read "The Golden Turkey Awards" and then I started to realize how bad the movie was. I didn't get my chance to see it until 1997. Oh, it stunk! Cheese everywhere, from the awkward love story to the campy antics of the villain and his robots.

And yet, I watch it every time it comes on TV. Finally, I have the movie to go with the soundtrack. And let's face it - I love cheesy movies.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 July 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$20,378,470

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$20,378,470
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Dolby Stereo (35 mm prints)| 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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