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The Compleat Beatles (1982)

The history of the great British rock band.


Patrick Montgomery


David Silver




Cast overview, first billed only:
Malcolm McDowell ... Narrator (voice)
Gerry Marsden ... Self - Gerry and the Pacemakers
Allan Williams Allan Williams ... Self - Beatles' First Manager
Bill Harry ... Self - Editor: Mersey Beat
Tony Sheridan Tony Sheridan ... Self
Horst Fascher Horst Fascher ... Self - Manager: Star Club, Hamburg
Billy J. Kramer Billy J. Kramer ... Self
Bob Wooler Bob Wooler ... Self - DJ: Cavern Club
George Martin ... Self - Record Producer
Nicholas Schaffner Nicholas Schaffner ... Self - Author, The Beatles Forever
Milton Okun Milton Okun ... Self - Record Producer-Arranger
Bruce Johnston ... Self - The Beach Boys
Lenny Kaye Lenny Kaye ... Self - Guitarist
Wilfred Mellers Wilfred Mellers ... Self - Musicologist
Marianne Faithfull ... Self


A documented account of the life and career of the Fab Four, from their early years in Liverpool to their breakup, featuring rare interview and concert footage. Written by Hiphats

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Paul McCartney bought the rights to this film and removed it from circulation, presumably so that it wouldn't compete with the Beatles official Beatles Anthology documentary. See more »


When they were told about the cartoon movie, Yellow Submarine, the narration states that the only thing the Beatles knew about the cartoon animation was that it was being done by the people that made "The Flintstones," a Hanna-Barbera Production.

Yellow Submarine was produced by Al Brodax and King Features Syndicate. See more »


Referenced in Demon Queen (1987) See more »


Performed by Eddie Dixon
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Good companion to The Beatles Anthology
6 May 2004 | by Lisa2600See all my reviews

This documentary, along with "The Beatles Anthology," both offer a history of the band. Both come to their subjects in different ways, and where "Anthology" is somewhat insular, being concerned only with the Beatles and their inner circle's thoughts and experiences, "Compleat" is told from a more detached and disinterested point of view. There are little details here and there that add a bit of a different perspective, such as Allan Williams, the Beatles' first manager, recalling them being described as "that bum group The Beatles" before their first trip to Hamburg, Bill Harry's recollection of John, far from rebelling against Brian Epstein's makeover of the Beatles from leather jackets to suits, going around asking for all the old pictures of them back, "because Brian wouldn't allow that sort of image with his boys," George Martin mentioning that Pete Best was the best-looking of the Beatles, footage of police trying to calm down a frenzied concert crowd that goes a long way toward showing the dark side of all the fan adoration, a detractor from Minneapolis deploring their conduct in that town, notably the "parties" in their hotel rooms (a subject passed over without mention in Anthology), and so on. There are a few sequences that aren't in the Anthology, notably a performance of "If I Needed Someone" in Japan, as well as interviews of George Martin (different from the ones in Anthology) and Billy Preston discussing their work with them. It's a good supplement to Anthology, but it stands up quite well on its own, despite a few factual inaccuracies. And the ending credits sequence, cut to "Blackbird," is bittersweet.

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October 1982 (USA) See more »

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Delilah Films See more »
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