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The Rutles: All You Need Is Cash [DVD]

Eric Idle , John Hasey , Eric Idle , Gary Weis    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Eric Idle, John Hasey, Neil Innes, Rikki Fataar, Michael Palin
  • Directors: Eric Idle, Gary Weis
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Prism
  • DVD Release Date: 25 April 2005
  • Run Time: 72 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006L9WX
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,964 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



First screened on BBC2 in 1978, at a time when the standing of The Beatles was at its lowest, The Rutles--All You Need is Cash is the original and (pace This is Spinal Tap) best "rockumentary" spoof. Codirector Eric Idle was then enjoying success with Rutland Weekend Television, while his script displays the same feeling for the inane non-sequitur evident in his Monty Python work. The band's progress from "penniless, untalented nobodies" to "rich, untalented somebodies" is vividly brought to life--with dialogue adapted from actual Beatles interviews and newsreels, and a roster of songs sounding uncannily close to Beatles originals thanks to "Nasty" Neil Innes' genius for pastiche. Interviews with a suitably primed Mick Jagger and Paul Simon give added realism, as do cameos from George Harrison (one-time Beach Boy Rikki Fataar plays his Rutles double Stig) and Stones guitarist Ron Wood. Dan Ackroyd and John Belushi make characterful, pre-Blues Brothers appearances.

On the DVD: The Rutles--All You Need is Cash has come up well in this DVD transfer. The fullscreen 4:3 ratio picture and mono sound wear their age well, enhanced by the extra scenes included. There's further interview material with Jagger and Simon, and a specially recorded, though wholly unfunny, DVD introduction from Idle, who also contributes a running commentary. All in all, this is an ideal way to get to know, or renew acquaintance with, a film that brings the swinging 60s back down to earth. --Richard Whitehouse

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DVD Special Features
Brand new transfer featuring previously unavailable scenes
Further deleted scenes
Eric Idle commentary
Eric Idle introduction

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Magical Mystery Tour... 14 Jun 2009
Still surprisingly effective, and the template for its far more popular and successful successor, "This is Spinal Tap", "All You Need is Cash" is its own magical mystery tour... a bizarre journey through the Beatles' story that twists & turns between the inspired and the downright silly but which, in the end, gets you there.

First off, Eric Idle's opening narration leaves you feeling that you're on some kind of second-rate Monty Python jaunt but, pretty soon thereafter, you hit the first of Neil Innes' brilliantly written and performed pastiches of Beatles' songs and things get much more impressive. And, from here on, it's a roller-coaster ride through some hilariously good and other, fairly weak re-workings of the Fab Four's career including brilliant send-ups of "Magical Mystery Tour", the Apple Corps debacle, "Yellow Submarine" and the "Get Back" rooftop session. But what makes this whole weird & wonderful ride hang together is the music... inspired, "tongue in cheek" gems that are so good that it's often difficult to remember they're not in fact original Beatles recordings. And, finally, the DVD's additional "deleted scenes" from the film's interviews with Mick Jagger & Paul Simon add fascinating insights into how The Beatles impacted on them while providing some wonderfully unintentional entertainment as they both struggle to remember that they should be talking about "The Rutles" rather than the real thing.

But what makes the film really interesting is that it's much closer to the reality of what actually went on than you may think. George Harrison's involvement as an actor in it, coupled with his close association with Eric Idle and the Monty Python team suggests that a great deal of "insider knowledge" was involved... how much remains a mystery in itself but the hand of someone "in the know" is most definitely there, making this flawed but highly entertaining film more than just an enjoyable spoof.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Putting the record straight 21 Feb 2005
I feel the need to write this review because a previous reviewer has in my opinion seriously misled people by giving the impression it is necesary to hate the Beatles to like the Rutles. This is no more true than suggesting that you must dislike heavy metal to like "This is Spinal Tap". Indeed in both cases if you understand the music, its creators and their history you will get more out of the mockumentaries. The Rutles only requires a sense of humour not a sense of hatred to see its genious.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Inspired idea, brilliantly realised 6 Jan 2006
I saw this show when it aired. I loved it then and still love it now. An inspired idea, brilliantly realised. And still laugh out loud funny after all this time.
Having said that, the back cover of this edition proclaims: Brand new transfer (to DVD one assumes) so why did they get the sound balance so wrong? The commentary is much louder than many of the song sequences - notably Hold My Hand, Love Life, etc. And the special features are rubbish - unedited, clumbsy and unfunny outtakes from the Jagger/Simon interview sessions and Eric Idle's pointless 23 years on intro. Hence, four not five stars.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Rutles 24 May 2011
The Rutles is a parody of The Beatles. It is a one off film that is not hysterically funny but is an entertaining bit of fun. The Fictional Rutles tells the Beatles story in such a way that it is believable and true. You can ask yourself the question why bother re telling the Beatles story but with different names and songs? Well it's simply the fun of making a convincingly fake Beatles story with a humorous distortion of the true story.
The film is a documentary style history of the Rutles. The costumes, the sets, the sixties re creations, the location shots and the fake interviews with real famous people like Mick Jagger and Paul Simon who apparently knew the Rutles, make this look realistic There is humour in the distortion of famous names, song titles and Beatles historic moments.
The best thing about this film is the music. Without a doubt this is the element that makes it all work. Because to be honest I did not find the script very funny and the fun of the visual parody of the Beatles story can struggle to maintain attention for a long period on its own. The music is original to the Rutles. I mean yes it is a parody of Beatles songs with contributions such as "hold my hand" and "Cheese and Onion", but the tunes and words are all brilliant originals by Neil Innes. There was a UK hit single from this project this was "I must be in love". This is a great example. It isn't a Beatles tune but it sounds like one, and it uses the same sort of harmonies that the Beatles used in their "Love me do"," Cant buy me love", and "she love you" era.

The Rutles film was a one off special by Eric Idle, David Battley, and Neil Innes after a successful run of the comedy series Rutland Weekend Television.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Charting the career of the Pre-Fab Four - the fabulous Rutles - in mock-documentary style, this is a perhaps somewhat dated item now, but still very funny to those in the know. The 1978 Rutles TV special was developed from short sketches originally aired on "Saturday Night Live" (in the US) and the largely forgotten Eric Idle vehicle "Rutland Weekend Television" (in the UK): here it is again for your amusement. Some familarity with the oft-told story of that other Sixties beat combo is required, however, since the gags will only make sense if you understand the jokes behind them. If you don't get it, then just enjoy the music: Neil Innes' genius for pastiche shines throughout on the soundtrack. Watch out also for the cheeky use of real footage from the actual real Ed Sullivan show, and lots of cameos (Mick Jagger being a particular highlight). Ignore the DVD extras though - they really needn't have bothered - I'm shocked, and stunned, myself.
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5.0 out of 5 stars with a really excellent soundtrack. In some places The Rutles film...
A very tasteful take on The Beatles story, with a really excellent soundtrack. In some places The Rutles film seems to be closer to reality then history is...
Published 26 days ago by HJAM Vorstenbosch
5.0 out of 5 stars Spoofmongous Beatlesque madness with great songs
Everyone should see this
Published 1 month ago by D. Davidson
5.0 out of 5 stars Idle and Innes are great fun on this
Idle and Innes are great fun on this. If you know the Beatles stuff well, then you can appreciate where this came from.
Published 2 months ago by Ian Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars The original and best documentary - or
The original and best documentary - or, if you will, mockumentary. Spinal Tap was funnier but this has the best tunes
Published 2 months ago by Paul Richards
5.0 out of 5 stars The Rutles - All You Need Is Cash
This is THE must see parody of the Beatles story – an affectionate and clever look through their history using their alter-egos, the Rutles. Read more
Published 2 months ago by S Riaz
5.0 out of 5 stars the rutles
very enjoyable i bought for my husband who had seen it years ago,if you love the beatles youll love this
Published 4 months ago by elizabeth lenehan
5.0 out of 5 stars Fab!! Fab!! Fab!!
I am an avid beatles nuttie and thought this was absolutely hilarious, I agree with the reviewer earlier that you do not need to hate the Beatles to enjoy this, just a sense of... Read more
Published 4 months ago by J. Barker
5.0 out of 5 stars Spoof movie of the Pre-fab four
I've been a fan of Neil Innes since Gorilla in the 1960's. This film has elements of Monty Python, the humour of the Beatles and is a fab film. Read more
Published 8 months ago by D. Barclay
5.0 out of 5 stars classic
superb spoof "rockumentary" a big hit of nostalgia (or is that a thing of the past?) Very clever songs & lyrics
Published 13 months ago by jb
5.0 out of 5 stars The Rutles- All You Need Is Cash (DVD)
Neil Innes & Eric Idle produced a film that retains the humour and charm of the Beatles with some great music that also maintains a close similarity in music style as what The... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Bring_back_the_60s
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