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The Rutles: All You Need is Cash

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Director: Eric Idle, Gary Weis
Genre: Comedy
Release Date: March 22, 1978
MPAA Rating: Unrated
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The life and times of the Pre-Fab Four

  • Sep 13, 2009
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The Rutles: All You Need is Cash was a hilarious parody of the Beatles. Eric Idle and Gary Weis directed this made-for-t.v. movie about those lovable mop topped musicians who had the world in their hands during the sixties. Originally, the Rutles appeared on Saturday Night Live (that's why members from S.N.L. have small parts in the film). The producers loved the skit and had Eric Idle and company direct and write a t.v. movie version.

We follow the host (Eric Idle) who interviews people who knew the infamous and reclusive Rutles. From their days when they played small clubs with a fifth member (Who hung around in the back with an unplugged guitar raving it up) to when they were famous world wide. But one plant changed their lives and affected their music. That plant was "tea". Yes, they became tea addicts and it influenced their music greatly. But inner struggles brought the band down from within. In the end, the group split in four different ways. The co-leader of the group Dirk McQuickly left to form his own band Punk Floyd (with a giant safety pin in his head).

The music was written by Eric Idle and Neil Innes. A few years ago, the Rutles released a collection of songs "Archeology" and reformed briefly (without Eric Idle). Whilst the band no longer plays, their "music" lives on. Features Neil Innes, Ricky Fatar, John Halsey, Bianca Jagger, George Harrison, Michael Palin and the S.N.L. gang.

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