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on 22 September 2017
This is, ironically perhaps, the best Beatles documentary ever made.Neatly avoiding legal problems by the invention of a fictitious band, it speaks with more candour than the official ones ever could. Sure it's funny, but only because so were the real events it parodies. There's no denying the influence of the Fab Four on popular culture, but a lot of what happened at the time was, and is, hilarious. John Lennon after all had a brilliant mischevious sense of humour. Finally, tribute is due to Neil Innes parallel music, which might have been written by the Beatles themselves. In his work with the Bonzos he always showed himself capable of wonderful ironic music commentary. The man is a genius!
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on 19 March 2017
Long before Spinal Tap came The Rutles, who unfortunately seem to have been forgotten in the annals of rock 'mockumentaries' - or satire, as we used to call it. Considering that All You Need Is Cash was made in the mid 1970s, it's aged very well - in fact I'd go so far as to say it's even better for keeping - or maybe I was just too young first time round to appreciate some of the subtleties. The better you know the story of The Beatles, the more you'll appreciate The Rutles - especially the wonderful - and affectionate - musical parodies of the talented and very under-rated Neil Innes. Let it Rut.
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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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on 26 October 2010
Whilst I wouldn't say that this film will have you rolling on the floor in hysterics, it is sufficiently entertaining and amusing to make it a very enjoyable experience. Beatles fans will recognise that this is an affectionate and (largely) respectful parody - although apparently John Lennon wasn't too happy about his alter-ego Ron's partner (Yoko equivalent) being a woman dressed in nazi uniform! Anyone familiar with the Bonzos will know well Neil Innes' facility for writing infectiously catchy melodies, and his parodies of Beatles numbers are un-nervingly good. The actors all have the the banter and flippant off-the-wall humour of the original Beatles off pat. Eric Idle's voice and Ricky Fataar's guitar parts were performed by the guitarist from obscure 70s group Pato - Ollie..? The producers and Eric Idle went to a lot of trouble to find exactly the right locations for some of the spoofs - eg of "I am the Walrus" / "Piggy in the Middle". Spotting the gust appearances from a range of other clebs is fun - some are more of a major constituent - such as Mick Jagger, whose observations on the Rutles are uncomfortably close to the truth about the Beatles!

The extras include two fascinating documentaries about the making of this film made in 2008 - great, apart from the captioning of John Halsey as having played Barry WOMBLE! Doh! (I remember him turning up as 'mystery guest on "Never mind the Buzzcocks" a few years ago - running a pub I seem to recall...not a hairdressers! Phil Jupitus of course recognised him straight away.)
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on 30 April 2010
Outstanding affectionate dig at the Beatles that manages to be absolutely bloody hilarious and brilliantly clever at creating songs that you swear you've heard before - "I Must Be In Love" and "Piggy In The middle" are so spot on they could be actual Beatles singles - full credit to Neil Innes. John Lennon loved this spoof, Paul Mccartney wasn't happy, don't know what Ringo thought of it but George Harrison appeared in it. This came out before "Spinal tap" and is so much funnier - from Eric Idle trying to keep up with the camera at the beginning and his visit to the wrong neighbour in new orleans ("he's lying, he's always lying, last week he said he invented the everley brothers")this is one of the funniest things I've seen. It helps to know the Beatles history and if you do then the recreations are perfect- magical mystery tour, the rooftop concert and yellow submarine are all present and incorrect. This is a cult item that deserves so much more- every Beatles fan needs to see this. It's brilliant and the soundtrack album deserves a mention too - it's probably the best thing Neil Innes has done.
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on 1 September 2017
My partner remembered seeing this film years ago so I bought it for his birthday as a trip down memory lane. He has been hooked on the film and the music CD ever since. A great buy.
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on 10 January 2010
I got this Dvd because I remember it on tv all those years ago,it made me laugh now as it did then.This is comedy like it should be.....Funny. If your thinking of getting this from amazon then do it it will crack you up ( mind you if your much younger than me.....55...you might not quite understand it), I grew up with the Beatles..saw the films etc and this is a good send up.The Rutles - All You Need Is Cash - 30th Anniversary Edition [1978] [DVD]
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on 20 May 2017
A great favourite of mine, in spite of some lame guest appearances
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on 28 October 2017
Forgotten how good this is!!!!☺☺
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on 11 March 2018
very funny
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