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

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

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Billy Shears
... Mark Henderson
... Dave Henderson
... Bob Henderson
... Mr. Mustard
... Dougie Shears
... B.D. Hoffler
... Strawberry Fields
Dianne Steinberg ... Lucy
... Dr. Maxwell Edison
... Future Villain Band (FVB)
... Marvin Sunk (the 'Sun King')
... Earth, Wind & Fire
... Sergeant Pepper
Stargard ... The Diamonds
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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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24 July 1978 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Banda de los corazones  »

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Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$12,900,000
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(35 mm prints)| (70 mm prints)

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2.39 : 1
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The film was adapted as a comic book, which was intended to be released as Marvel Super Special #7. For reasons which were never officially disclosed, the book was never issued in the U.S. The comic was, however, released in France, The Netherlands, and Germany (with text in the respective language of each country), but copies of these releases are scarce. See more »

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When Sergeant Pepper (Billy Preston) is flying around, wires are clearly visible. See more »

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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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What Were They Thinking?
25 August 2003 | by See all my reviews

Someone must have noticed that "Yellow Submarine" made money. That same person also noticed that the Bee Gees were popular. Put a popular disco group and popular Beatles songs together, and: magic???

Well, not really. This film hurts. It hurts all the more if one likes the Beatles' originals of these songs (OK, Aerosmith did a decent version of "Come Together," but that is not enough to mitigate the damage caused by the rest of the performances).

There are certain films that seem to be made just to put the tolerance of a badfilm watcher to the test. This film has its place in that pantheon, right between "Can't Stop the Music" and "Santa Claus Conquers the Martians."


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