Thursday, February 5, 2015

The Rutles: All You Need Is Cash (1978)

Directors: Eric Idle, Gary Weis

Writer: Eric Idle

Composer: Neil Innes

Starring: Eric Idle, John Halsey, Ricky Fataar, Neil Innes, Michael Palin, George Harrison, Bianca Jagger, John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Gilda Radner, Bill Murray, Gwen Taylor, Ron Wood, Terence Bayler, Henry Woolf, Al Franken, Lorne Michaels, Tom Davis, Mick Jagger, Paul Simon

More info: IMDb

Tagline: The Rutles, a living legend that will live long after other living legends have died.

Plot: Charts the adventures of the prefab four, possibly the most famous band of all time.

My rating: 7.5/10

Will I watch it again? Yes.

Hilarious and brilliant. It's so fun that many parts of it feel like they just wrote themselves.  The cast and crew must have loved filming this. The Beatles song parodies are not only spot on but a lot of them are very clever and as enjoyable as the songs they're aping.  I've seen this several times over the past 35 years and I'm always amazed at how authentic a lot of the vintage video and photos look.  They really took the time, money and effort to make this look as genuine as possible and they succeeded wildly.  Then there's the cameos from Jagger and Simon playing themselves and also the SNL actors like Murray, Aykroyd, Belushi et al.  There are a lot of great gags and Idle couldn't be more suited to run the show.  It's a great mockumentary and it's possibly the first or at least one of the earliest of what has since become a genre unto its own.

1 comment:

  1. Do I have to spell it out?

    C, H, E, E, S, E, A, N, D, O, N, I, O, N, S, Oh No!