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The Compleat Al (1985)

Fact and fiction are mingled in this mockumentary about the career of music parodist "Weird Al" Yankovic. In retelling his life story, the film includes several of his music videos, ... See full summary »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
'Weird Al' Yankovic ... Himself
Wally Burns Wally Burns ... Mr. Cafarella
Billy Selby Billy Selby ... Mr. Nordquist
Jane Campbell Jane Campbell ... Mrs. Weidenbaum
Barry Hansen Barry Hansen ... Himself (as Dr. Demento)
Kevin Seymour Kevin Seymour ... Barry Cohen (as Michael Porter)
Tress MacNeille ... Francine / Lucy Ricardo
Gordon Gale Gordon Gale ... Karl Brickman
Peter James Peter James ... Day Tripper
Rob Lawrence Rob Lawrence ... Heavy Metal Man
Jeff Wilson Jeff Wilson ... Folk Guitarist
Che Zuro Che Zuro ... Heavy Metal Chick
Steve Cropper ... Himself
Ed Gibson Ed Gibson ... Spike Banjo
Craig Mitchell Craig Mitchell ... Ronnie Ronzoni (as Mitchell Craig)
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Fact and fiction are mingled in this mockumentary about the career of music parodist "Weird Al" Yankovic. In retelling his life story, the film includes several of his music videos, including "Ricky" and "Eat It." Written by Joe Blevins <joeblev@concentric.net>

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The amazing and almost-true life story of a rock and roll legend

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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 September 1985 (USA) See more »

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A book version of this video was published, titled "The Authorized Al". It followed the script for the most part, but included many extra stills that were either cut from the video, or only glimpsed briefly (e.g. the "Burgeropolis" architectural concept). It also had an appendix with the lyrics of every song on Al's three albums (at that time). See more »

Crazy Credits

The usual warning about not copying the video tape you're watching appears, but then takes a turn for the humorous:

But if you do insist on copying this program, please be aware that the patented "copy-stop" R system developed by the National Association of Television Research Engineers will cause severe damage to your video-cassette recording device, accompanied by a bright blue-gray flash and strong acrid odor, which may in turn affect nearby houseplants and cause discoloration of fine upholstery. In addition, you may experience headaches, drowsiness, nausea, severe loss of memory, high blood pressure, nosebleeds, and the heartbreak of psoriasis. Household pets may develop similar symptoms including extreme personality disorders and occasional spontaneous combustion.

We're not kidding about this. Unlawful duplication of this program may result in local civil unrest, meteorological disturbances, and volcanic eruptions, causing the earth to fall out of its planetary orbit and plunge directly into the sun. The producers of this program assume no liability for any of the consequences resulting from your stupid, unthinking, greedy and careless attempt to deprive them of income. Thank you. See more »

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Spoofs The Compleat Beatles (1982) See more »

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Much as I love Al...
7 November 2005 | by startrekfan-3See all my reviews

Now, I won't deny that when I purchased this off eBay, I had high expectations. This was an incredible out-of-print work from the master of comedy that I so enjoy. However, I was soon to be disappointed. Apologies to those who enjoyed it, but I just found the Compleat Al to be very difficult to watch. I got a few smiles, sure, but the majority of the funny came from the music videos (which I've got on DVD) and the rest was basically filler. You could tell that this was not Al's greatest video achievement (that honor goes to UHF). Honestly, I doubt if this will ever make the jump to DVD, so if you're an ultra-hardcore Al fan and just HAVE to own everything, buy the tape off eBay. Just don't pay too much for it.


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