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The Rutles 2: Can't Buy Me Lunch (2004)

PG-13 | | Comedy | TV Movie 9 November 2004
23 years after the release of the original Rutles documentary, famous artists, actors, and musicians speak out on how the Rutles influenced them.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Eric Idle ... Narrator / Dirk McQuickly / Lady Beth Mouse-Peddler
Neil Innes Neil Innes ... Ron Nasty (archive footage)
Ricky Fataar Ricky Fataar ... Stig O'Hara (archive footage)
John Halsey John Halsey ... Barry Wom (archive footage)
Terence Bayler ... Leggy Mountintaback (archive footage)
Mariela Comitini Mariela Comitini ... Jennifer Lopez
Peter Crabbe Peter Crabbe ... Police Officer
Jimmy Fallon ... Melvin's Son
Tasha Goldthwait Tasha Goldthwait ... Rutles Fan (as Tasha Goldthwaite)
Samantha Harris ... The Jogger
Lily Idle Lily Idle ... Rutles Fan
Bianca Jagger ... Martini (archive footage)
Bill Murray ... Bill Murray the K (archive footage)
Kevin Nealon ... Kevin Wongle
Catherine O'Hara ... Astro Glide


After sitting on a Warner Brothers shelf for over a year, 'Rutles 2: Can't Buy Me Lunch,' the much-anticipated sequel to Eric Idle and Gerard Corvin's 1978 mockumentary, is finally on release, revealing the final exploits of The Rutles as they do a reunion tour of America. Documentor Dirk McQuickly interviews many artists and personalities who were inspired by the legendary band, from David Bowie to Tom Hanks. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

9 November 2004 (Hungary) See more »

Also Known As:

Can't Buy Me Lunch: Another Look at the Rutles See more »


Box Office


$5,000,000 (estimated)
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1.33 : 1
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This is basically the same as 'The Rutles: All You Need Is Cash' mockumentary (set out in the same chronological order) with a few new interviews and a few clips and scenes that were cut from the first movie, such as the Nasty "give peas a chance" gag and many more gay jokes which may have been deemed as too risqué back in the 1970s and are basically schoolboy-level humour. See more »

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Spoofs A Hard Day's Night (1964) See more »

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Scheduled for a March 1, 2005 release date
15 January 2005 | by lrek-1See all my reviews

I'm a huge Rutles fan and I'd never even heard of this until ten minutes ago. Considering how little information is available about it online (aside from the usual synopses and cast lists), it looks like very few others had seen it either. It's curious to note that apparently the official press release lists Eric Idle as one of the founding members of the Bonzo Dog Band -- I hope everyone knows that's not correct. I also see that the DVD comes with an "Never-before-seen alternate ending" -- interesting, considering how few people have seen the regular ending. Now, to stretch this thing out to the requisite ten lines, here are some vegetables that I like: Oops. Out of space. Maybe next time.

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