The Rutles (1978)

Rutles, The (1978, GBR/USA) C-74m. *** D: Gary Weis, Eric Idle. Starring Eric Idle, John Halsey, Ricky Fataar, Neil Innes, Michael Palin, George Harrison, Bianca Jagger, John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Mick Jagger, Gilda Radner, Bill Murray, Gwen Taylor, Ron Wood, Lorne Michaels, Paul Simon, Gary Weis. Unique mockumentary pokes fun at the Beatles phenomenon by creating fictional band The Rutles and telling of their making and world-wide success. In the vein of most Monty Python comedies, this was conceived and written by regular Python Idle, who also appears as the host and the Paul McCartney lookalike Rutle. A must, also for fans of Saturday Night Live comedians, who all appear in minor roles. The songs - imitations of real Beatles songs - are superb and compensate for less funny parts of the film. Made for television. Also known as ALL YOU NEED IS CASH. Followed by RUTLES 2: CAN'T BUY ME LUNCH (2002).


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