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

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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 ... Mean Mr. Mustard
Paul Nicholas ... Dougie Shears
Donald Pleasence ... B.D. Brockhurst
Sandy Farina ... Strawberry Fields
Dianne Steinberg Dianne Steinberg ... Lucy
Steve Martin ... Dr. Maxwell Edison
Aerosmith ... Future Villain Band (FVB)
Alice Cooper ... Father Sun
Earth Wind & Fire ... Earth, Wind & Fire
Billy Preston ... Sgt. Pepper
Stargard 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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Only their music could conquer the forces of evil See more »


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Paramount Pictures was the international distributor. Nearly 30 years later, Paramount sold its music publishing arm, Famous Music, to Sony/ATV Music Publishing, which has owned the publishing rights to most Beatles songs since 1995. See more »

Goofs

On the contract signed by the band, Bob's signature changes from one shot to another. See more »

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[first lines]
Mr. Kite: The war to end all wars did not end soon enough. So, Heartland, USA, sent the Allies it's most effective secret weapon: Sgt. Pepper and his Lonely Hearts Club Band.
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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 »


Soundtracks

Getting Better
Music and Lyrics by John Lennon and Paul McCartney
Performed by Peter Frampton, The Bee Gees
Produced by George Martin
By Arrangement with Northern Songs Limited
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I Liked It. Well, EXCUUUUUUUSE ME!
16 December 2000 | by MIK7x3See all my reviews

Am I the only one who liked this movie? After hearing nothing but bad press about it for years, I finally went out and saw it. I thought it was one of the most fun flicks I'd seen in years. All the characters were named after Beatles songs! Starring Billy Shears (Peter Frampton) and the Hendersons (the Bee Gees) "were all there" as well, "Sgt. Pepper" featured Strawberry Fields (Sandy Farina) as Billy's leading lady, and Mr. Mustard (Frank Howerd) was "such a mean old man." Let's not forget Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds (Dianne Steinberg), the Sun King (Alice Cooper), and Sgt. Pepper played by an old Beatles protege (Billy Preston). The movie also depicted countless cover versions of Beatles songs, including Earth Wind & Fire's "Got to Get You Into My Life." As the narrator, Mr. Kite (George Burns) even covered "Fixin' a Hole." Critics of the movie should be so critical"when they're 64," let alone 82! Sure, the plot wasn't worthy of a Kubrick screenplay, but what could be more accurate than explaining how corporatism is anathema to the fun of music, and how profound an impact the Beatles had on later artists. Look for Dame Edna (Barry Humphries) in one of the many crowd scenes. I have one final case for "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band." It had one of my favourite comedians (Steve Martin) singing one of my favourite Beatles songs (Maxwell's Silver Hammer). I'm picking out a thermos for this movie!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 July 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band See more »

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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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