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Give My Regards To Broad Street (1984)

Paul McCartney , Bryan Brown , Peter Webb  |  PG |  DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Paul McCartney, Bryan Brown, Ringo Starr, Barbara Bach, Linda McCartney
  • Directors: Peter Webb
  • Writers: Paul McCartney
  • Producers: Andros Epaminondas
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, Full Screen, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 4.0), French (Dolby Digital 1.0), Spanish (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: April 20, 2004
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001FR552
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,977 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Give My Regards To Broad Street" on IMDb

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Critics were ruthless when Give My Regards to Broad Street was released in 1984, but the passing years have turned it into an offbeat curio from Paul McCartney's post-Wings era. The ex-Beatle was roundly panned for scripting this empty-headed vanity project, and it still qualifies as a mistake of sorts, dubiously combining new performances of Beatles classics with a few Wings hits and tracks from McCartney's popular 1982 solo album Tug of War. Most of these songs are performed as semi-lavish, blandly filmed production numbers ("Silly Love Songs" comes off like an embarrassing mix of Michael Jackson's Thriller and a Flock of Seagulls reunion), and the whole movie reeks of cheesy early-'80s New Wave/MTV influence, even in the casting of Tracey Ullman as a leather-clad Londoner with streaks of red hair dye.

The "plot" is entirely dispensable, consisting of "24 hours in the life of a rock star," in which Paul has until midnight to find the missing master tapes of his latest album, or lose his entire music empire to a slimy corporate takeover. (Parallels to Macca's loss of Beatle music rights to Michael Jackson are fascinating to consider.) It's all an excuse for a rambling, amiable mess of a movie, with slim supporting roles for Ringo Starr (who admirably refused to participate in re-recording the Beatles hits), his wife Barbara Bach, Linda McCartney, and, most inexplicably, Sir Ralph Richardson in one of many throwaway fantasy sequences. Critic Roger Ebert rightly called Broad Street "about as close as you can get to a non-movie" (which might explain why director Peter Webb never made another film), but the music's still good (look closely for Dave Edmunds and former Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones), and we'd sure like a spin in Sir Paul's groovy vintage hot-rod. --Jeff Shannon

Product Description

Screenwriter/Star Paul McCartney creates a rousing musical fantasy about a pop singer/composer (McCartney) who discovers the master tapes of his new unreleased album have disappeared. If he doesn't locate them by midnight, businessmen will take over his company. Among the musical highlights are fourteen spectacularly staged McCartney tunes including Beatles classics "Yesterday," "Eleanor Rigby" and "Good Day Sunshine."

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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Give my fondest regards to Sir Paul December 21, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
The star of this movie, panned as a vanity project by McCartney by a certain Leonard Maltin, is not only McCartney but the music, which is a mixture of Beatles songs, Wings songs, and solo McCartney, both old and new.
The plot, flimsy as it is, involves the loss of the master tapes to McCartney's latest album, which has already sold millions in advance copies. Suspicion immediately falls upon Harry, a friend with a police record who has gone straight and whom Paul lends a hand by offering him a job. If the tape is not recovered in 24 hours, businessmen who helped his record company during a cash flow crisis will take over, leaving him broke. Trouble is, Harry's gone missing, and he might have taken it to the notorious bootlegger Big Bob for a lot of lolly. The movie also is a day in the life of Paul, with a hectic schedule of stage and radio appearances, recording, etc., but in this case, the creditors go around harassing Paul and company.
The medley of "Yesterday/Here There And Everywhere/Wanderlust" is a treat very early in the movie. It's a nostalgic listen for Beatles fans and for the days when producer George Martin, who appears here, was like the fifth Beatle. The scene features a funny scene where Ringo spends two-thirds of the medley time finding brushes. He finally does and gets ready, only to find himself in time for "Wanderlust," which needs drumsticks, which he already had in the first place.
The "Ballroom Dancing" number is about a trio of grammar school kids who play with each other. They grow up as teenage toughs, the boys who fight over the girl. The fight then spills over to the elegant ballroom dancers. Chaos sets in as the dancers tussle with the toughs, knocking over bits of the stage in the process.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's all perspective.... July 15, 2003
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
What you want out of the film might affect what you expect. This is a fun film. It's like a long music video. No More Lonely Nights,Not Such A Bad Boy, and No Values are 3 good new songs put on here. Some people feel it is a sacrilige for Paul to have re-worked Beatles tunes, but it at least offers an interesting twist. And oh, yeah, Paul was tyring to have some fun with the film. It seems some reviewers (see review below) are being way too serious and biased against Paul. To some "music fans" he can do no right. Not every project is genius, but Beatles fans can find fault with all solo Beatles material. None of them is a "saint", and all have their flaws.
This film would do nice with a DVD release with some extras. After all Shanghai Surprise (George's 1986 film) and Caveman (Ringo's 1981 film) are both on DVD and did not fare well commercially, either.
Enjoy this film as a music video with a thin plot. To me, it is a nice small film that deserves to be re-released. And if Paul would only do a video collection spanning 1970-Present onto DVD....
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Neat Time Capsule of Timeless Music October 19, 2005
Format:VHS Tape
Give My Regards to Broad Street has been in the glove box of every car that I have driven since 1984 on cassette. The DVD will probably remain near the TV for easy and often playback for at least the next 21 years also.

I became a Beatle fan in 1964, and I was glad that Paul went back into `his'
catalogue to remake some of his timeless classics: "Yesterday", "Here, There Everywhere", "The Long and Winding Road" (and others) on this collection .
My daughter is now 15, and a full fledged fan of McCartney . The family was lucky to see Paul display that he still has the energy and love for what he does, as he ran down a play list of about 34 great songs, at Madison Square Garden on 9/30/05. I was then thrilled to find this DVD available online to continue that (Paul) show at home.

The plot is a variation of `24' as we see Paul go through a day in his life going from appointment to appointment - all linked by studio performances
Filmed up close and personal with Paul and his band. It is a Neat Time Capsule of Timeless Music that will continue to be discovered and re-discovered as time goes by.

The extended version of Eleanor Rigby with Paul, Linda, Ringo, Barbara (Bach) and others has a look of Dickens England as Paul daydreams with the soundtrack sounding very classical and sophisticated with layers of strings complimenting Paul's acoustic 6 string.

For No One is a treat as we see Pail, finger-pick the notes of this sad song that has became one of my favorites over the years. I had a tear in my eye hearing it live a few weeks ago.

After seeing Paul live, this DVD helps fill the void of `missing Paul' as he left the stage that magical night in New York City.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well, SO WHAT if it ain't MTV? September 27, 2004
Format:DVD
Look....probably Big Mac himself would agree that this was never to be held up as "great cinema." OK, so maybe he DID use an MTV stunt or two; big whoop. And the fact that the plot is thoroughly non-existant - I mean, so what? Like "Miami Vice" ever made one WHIT of sense? This was released at the same time as was that inane Sally Fields movie (I saw both the same evening - guess which was the more entertaining) And despite what the liner notes say in "The George Harrison Memorial Show," that WASN'T the first time that Sir Paul and Ringo worked together after the Beatle demise. I just wish that Dave Edmunds/Chris Spedding/John Paul Jones/Ringo lineup from the movie could have become the latest edition of "Wings." Don't worry about the plights of the world, or the current presidential race, or the price of meds, etc...Just watch "Broad Street" and enjoy the music! Sir Paul won't let you down on that point!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie, Great Music
"Give My Regards To Broad Street" is a nice little movie written by and starring Paul McCartney. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Janet Chandler
5.0 out of 5 stars I've always loved this Film
It was under rated by critics when it came out. Typical of what Paul put up with then...not as great as John, not as artistic, not as creative not a BLAH BLAH BLAH. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Loui (Linda) Locati
4.0 out of 5 stars DVD version of Paul McCartney's Give My Regards To Broad Street
Music is very good, picture quality was fair, could be better. I have the old VHS version and wanted to upgrade to DVD. Read more
Published 3 months ago by ToMasca
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
This is a very underrated film but still it is good. Of course the music is good and any fan of Paul Mccartney will enjoy it. It has some very cool scenes and visuals.
Published 4 months ago by Sweet21
2.0 out of 5 stars Give My Regards to "Boring" Street
Now I love me some Paul but this is one of the most non-moviest movies I have ever seen. It's not cheap looking, it has a good look... Read more
Published 7 months ago by the Clemmer
5.0 out of 5 stars A Paul McCartney great.
This movie was better than the Beatles movies in the past. Paul shows off his real musical ability in this version of Eleanor Rigby.
Published 7 months ago by Gilbert Cardenas
4.0 out of 5 stars Give My Regards to Braodstreet
Had heard a lot of bad press but the film is okay, music makes it a stand out. Would recommend.
Published 7 months ago by Wayne
4.0 out of 5 stars Great movie!
I've loved this movie since I was a child. It's great to finally get it back again. Awesome movie to watch as a family
Published 7 months ago by Syntribo
5.0 out of 5 stars Great songs
Have this on VHS, but wanted the DVD. Hey, this is Paul McCartney! How can you go wrong? Highly recommend
Published 15 months ago by David A. Varchol
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful...terrible...painful
GMRTBS is an example of what happens when your ego gets SO big, you fail to listen to others. Such a talented guy~ but he should stick to music~ his career in film (after this... Read more
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