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4.0 out of 5 stars A Magical Mystery Tour...
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...
Published on 14 Jun 2009 by nicjaytee

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3.0 out of 5 stars Good idea, less than brilliant execution
Innes and Idle's spoof was a very good idea, and many of the songs are amusingly awful in their Beatlesishness. It's supposed to have a disjointed film clip documentary feel about it, which I thought they did well, but the quality of the writing is patchy. The jokey and satirical commentary on their career was very funny, and there should have been more of this, but it's...
Published on 17 Aug 2007 by Lou Knee


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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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64 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Putting the record straight, 21 Feb 2005
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J. Punter "jeffpunter" (Milton Keynes, UK) - See all my reviews
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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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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Inspired idea, brilliantly realised, 6 Jan 2006
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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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Rutles, 24 May 2011
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Miss M. Potter "marcia" (england) - See all my reviews
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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. That series had Eric Idle as programme controller of a small TV company who made comedy parodies of established shows. Neil Innes created the music for all of them and after the series the team progressed to create this best remembered effort The Rutles. The Film was created in 1978.
The Rutles tells the story of the greatest pop band. The band is Dirk, Ron, Stig and Barry. It takes us through the pre Fab four period, the "Hard days Rut" period, "Sgt Rutters darts club band" and the "Let it rot" periods.

This is not the greatest film ever but it is a good bit of spoof fun.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dated, but just about unbeatable for those in the know, 10 Feb 2006
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Flawed masterpiece, 8 Mar 2007
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I remember hearing about The Rutles from a friend (a disgrunted Beatles fan). So obviously I had to see it! I can see why this upset a few of the Fab Four's fans, but maybe they missed the point - this is an extremely affectionate parody of the world's greatest band, set to a perfect pastiche score by Neil Innes. It's not without problems - stretching the joke to cover the entire Rutles career makes it a tad too long and contrived, and there's a couple of forgettable scenes with Saturday Night Live alumni along for the ride who add nothing - but this is still comic genius and very funny. Highly recommended!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hysterically funny, 3 Aug 2009
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I have watched this film more times than I care to remember and never fail to laugh. Where do I begin? The characters - Barry Wom, Leggy Mountbatten and Stig Nasty? Or the songs 'All you need is cash', 'Ouch!' and 'I am the waitress'. Or the amazing cameos from George Harrison, Mick Jagger, etc. So many highlights but the outstanding ones for me are John Belushi as Ron Decline, Dirk admitting to 'taking' tea and Nasty & Chastity sitting in a shower for peace. Favourite lines?
- During this time, Dirk married Martini, a French actress who spoke no English and precious little French. When they married in London, the service was conducted in Spanish, Italian and Chinese, to be on the safe side.
- [Leggy's death] was not entirely unexpected. Leggy's recent behavior had been giving grounds for concern. He had been investing heavily in Spanish bullfighters and in California he had been arrested for giving the kiss of life to a rubber raft.
- Barry became a hairdresser with two fully equipped salons of his own. Stig went to work for Air India as an air hostess. Dirk with his wife Martini went on to form a punk rock group called the Punk Floyd. He sings and she doesn't.
Just rent or buy it and you will either love it or hate it but just typing this has made me laugh.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Magical Mystery Tour..., 25 Dec 2004
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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 The Rutles - All You Need Is Cash, 25 Jun 2014
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This is THE must see parody of the Beatles story – an affectionate and clever look through their history using their alter-egos, the Rutles. It takes them from their discovery in the Cavern by a manager fixated by their trousers, through to Let It Rot – a film, an album and a lawsuit. Along the way, you can relive Rutlemania, enjoy the early success of, “A Hard Day’s Rut,” and “Ouch!” and the band’s misuse of tea... I note that other reviewers have mentioned you should dislike the Beatles to watch this, but it is certainly shown regularly at Beatles conventions and is quoted often by fans. Neil Innes does a wonderful job with the music (the later Rutles album, “Archeology,” a pun on the Beatles “Anthology,” is also well worth a listen). There are also lots of great members from both the Saturday Night Live teams of the time and the Pythons, plus obviously the Bonzo’s; with Eric Idle not endearing himself to Paul McCartney, Neil Innes, Michael Palin, Bill Murray, John Belushi, Dan Ackroyd and even George Harrison in a cameo role.

There are lots of extras on this DVD, including a mini documentary on The Making of the Rutles, which shows how a musical clip for Rutland Weekend Television introduced the Rutles. Later it was shown on Saturday Night Live as a joke, after an appeal for the Beatles to get back together (oddly enough, John Lennon and Paul McCartney once saw an appeal for a Beatles reunion while watching TV at the Dakota together and considered going to the studio, but sadly decided not to bother). The public reaction to the Rutles clip led to “All You Need is Cash” – this full length documentary. Other special features include “Inside Shabby Road,” the making of the music of the Rutles and some deleted scenes, featuring Mick Jagger and Paul Simon. Both Jagger and Simon are very funny and it is worth watching for a revealing story about Paul Simon first meeting Dirk (or should that be Paul) in London. Great fun and very cleverly done.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly entertaining, great music and don't miss the commentary., 5 Feb 2012
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A Rock mockumentary about the Beatles that hasn't aged a bit and still is a great fun to watch.

Great Beatles-like music written by Neil Innes, sometimes referred to justifiably as the sixth Python or the fifth Beatle. Don't miss the commentary by Eric Idle - highly entertaining too.
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