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

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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

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 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

Three songs from the soundtrack charted on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1979. Earth Wind & Fire's version of "Got to Get You Into My Life" charted the highest, at number nine. Robin Gibb's solo performance of "Oh Darlin'" reached number 15. Aerosmith's version of "Come Together" reached number 23. See more »

Goofs

While Earth Wind and Fire are performing, the trumpet player is holding his instrument in the air while you can hear a trumpet playing. 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

Referenced in Musical Hell: Lost Horizon (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Nowhere Man
Music and Lyrics by John Lennon and Paul McCartney
Performed by The Bee Gees
Produced by George Martin
By Arrangement with Northern Songs Limited
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Only seeing this in 2019 @ 67 years of age for the first time.
25 May 2019 | by dermotchristieSee all my reviews

A Beatles fan all my life and this was a pleasant surprise as I had avoided it over the years as being pastiche cliched crap, but hey, life is full of surprises. And I like it. Just shows that brilliant music can make a mediocre story look good. Never the other way around. Bee Gees and Frampton were good choices.


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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo (35 mm prints)| 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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