Aug 3, 2015

The Rutles: All You Need is Cash (1978)

The Rutles: All You Need is Cash (1978) movie poster
All You Need Is Cash (also known as The Rutles) is a 1978 television film that traces (in mockumentary style) the career of a fictitious British rock group called The Rutles. As TV Guide described it, the group's resemblance to The Beatles is "purely — and satirically — intentional." The music and events in the lives of the Rutles paralleled that of The Beatles, spoofing many of the latter's career highlights. Songs from the film were released on an accompanying soundtrack album.

Rutland Weekend Television takes a look at the Pre-fab Four: Dirk, Barry, Stig and Nasty; better known as the Rutles. This documentary follows their career from their early days in Liverpool and Hamburg's infamous Rat-Keller, to their amazing worldwide success. A parody of Beatlemania and the many serious documentaries made about the Beatles.
F: The songs are dreadfully annoying, nothing like the Beatles. I don't know how I endured them until the end. Reenactments of the Beatles footage are not that funny. At least today. It was funny, though, to find out that Paul McCarney didn't like this movie either, and wanted to sue Idle. His ex-wife changed his mind eventually because she enjoyed the movie very much.

the rutles suck!

F: Eric Idle has his moments as the reporter but I was expecting much, much more funny stuff from the Monty and SNL crew. One cool thing was to see Mick Jagger, Paul Simon and George Harrison going along with the gag.

funniest moment on the Rutles

F: The songs are still terribly boring. If they didn't play the full songs, this would have been a more bearable movie. It seems like they took the music of the Rutles a bit too seriously and were desperately trying to sell some CD's with the film. If you are a fan of Monty Python and the Beatles like me, do not believe the hype and don't waste your time on this one.

George Harrison in the Rutles

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