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The Rutles - All You Need is Cash (1978)

Dan Aykroyd , Terence Bayler , Eric Idle , Gary Weis  |  NR |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (131 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Dan Aykroyd, Terence Bayler, John Belushi, Jeannette Charles, Ricky Fataar
  • Directors: Eric Idle, Gary Weis
  • Format: Black & White, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Rhino Theatrical
  • DVD Release Date: March 13, 2001
  • Run Time: 76 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (131 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004ZEU2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #88,222 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Rutles - All You Need is Cash" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Photo gallery
  • Introduction and selected memoirs by Eric Idle
  • Play Songs Only feature
  • New transfer from original 16mm print
  • Deleted scenes: Blue Suede Schubert, Poet (for American Viewers), Mick Jagger, Paul Simon

Editorial Reviews

The classic 1978 rockumentary! This Eric Idle-conceived Beatles parody features Idle with John Cleese, Mick Jagger, George Harrison, Paul Simon and all the SNL stars of the day. (DVD debut features added commentary from Idle and alternate scenes from the UK version!) 1978/color/70 min/NR.

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94 of 98 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tragical history tour? More like hilarious! May 7, 2001
Format:DVD
One of the funniest parodies of a rock band ever, and likely the very first "mockumentary", THE RUTLES: ALL YOU NEED IS CASH is a brilliant send-up chronicling the events of the "prefab four". This 70-minute "semi-feature" film conceived by ex-Python Eric Idle who plays the Paul McCartney-esque character Dirk McQuickly was produced by Lorne Michaels of SNL and includes various cameos from the classic SNL cast (Bill Murray, John Belushi, Dan Ackroyd, Gilda Radner) as well as cameos from Mick Jagger, Ron Wood, Paul Simon, ex-Python Michael Palin and even George Harrison himself as an interviewer! Neil Innes (who plays the John Lennon character Ron Nasty -- quite brilliantly I might add) also contributes some of the greatest Beatles song parodies imaginable -- they are both hilarious and actually quite clever in that they still manage to stand on their own as original songs. Anyone who has seen the later real documentary, THE COMPLEAT BEATLES (or even the ANTHOLOGY), will have to see this to believe it -- the major events of The Beatles twisted around and reapplied to The Rutles! The mock performances will have Beatles fans howling with laughter. For example, a flawless recreation of The Beatles' goofy, surreal "I am the Walrus" performance from the MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR film becomes "Piggy in the Middle", and the "Cheese and Onions" clip exactly imitates the animation from YELLOW SUBMARINE, except now it's YELLOW SUBMARINE SANDWICH! Oh and don't forget the hilarious album covers and their titles: OUCH!, SGT. RUTTER'S ONLY DARTS CLUB BAND, TRAGICAL HISTORY TOUR, LET IT ROT.
Now finally available on DVD, the extras include a brief intro by Eric Idle's narrator character some 23 years later ... well not really 23 years if you watch it a year or two from now (you'll get what I mean!), as well as audio commentary and text memoirs from Eric Idle, and a photo gallery.
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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
In 1978 it was easy to remember Beatlemania, and this sendup of the mass hysteria was spot-on and hilarious. Starting as a skit for Saturday Night Live, and popular enough to get built into a feature-length film, this Eric Idle project is layered with jokes, spoofs, terrific songs, and great cameos by George Harrison, Mick Jagger, Paul Simon and Idle's wife, and it is still very funny 25 years later.
DVD extras are quite good. Eric Idle's commentary is excellent -- informative and entertaining. There are also 4 deleted scenes that last about 18 minutes; a photo gallery with 29 pictures; a "Play Songs Only" option, where you ee only the film's songs (Goose Step Mama, Number One, Between Us, With a Girl Like You, Hold My Hand, I Must Be in Love, Living in Hope, and Ouch!).
The look and sensibility of the film are exactly right, the writing is VERY funny, and the songs are surprisingly Beatle-like and quite listenable. If you are a Beatles or Monty Python fan, or if you just love good comedy, you will probably get a real kick out of this.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Side Splitting Hilarious February 26, 2004
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Format:DVD
The movie was made more than 20 years ago, but retains its relevance as the Beatles continue to be a cultural icon. While the Rutles was not originally intended to be a full length movie, the product is great.
The project was completed long before John Lennon's murder, so all four members could approve the project. The Beatles are spoofed by the characters in the unique personality traits possessed by each member of the fab four and their scandals. The one-liners and song parodies prove Eric Idle's value to Monty Python and strength as comedic writer. The parody on Yoko Ono being "... a Nazi who's father invented World War II" is hilarious. Look for a scene midway through the song "Ouch!" in which Idle can not even control his own laughter at the monsterous woman in a bikini. I bet it a was too hard to get through a take with a straight face. This is a must for Beatles fans and Monty Python fans.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Attention All Beatle Fans: BUY THIS! December 30, 2003
Format:DVD
If you're a Beatle fan, and for some reason you've never heard of this film, immediatley purchase this DVD!
IT is the ultimate parody of Beatlemania. The Rutles was initially released as a made for NBC TV film in 1978. Created by the Saturday Night Live team and Eric Idle (Monty Python), it has a distinct British flavor and Pythonesque sense of humor. It is basically a "mockumentary". Here's an example: after "Nasty" (John Lennon) proclaims the Rutles are bigger than God, the public is outraged, and start burning Rutle records. Record sales soared, people were buying them just to burn them! It turns out that the journalist who interviewed Nasty was hard of hearing. Nasty said the Rutles were bigger than "Rod" (Stewart)!!
The mockumentary covers the entire Beatle phenomenon up to their break-up.
The film gained more fans on video, and is now a bonafide cult classic. The music by Neil Innes (who wrote songs for Python) is superb, and he is perfect as John Lennon. Eric Idle plays McCartney and directs. The songs parodies are also on cd. They are amazingly Beatle-like.
The film is never critical, but made as a tribute with large doses of humor. The harsh aspects of Beatlemania are lightened. For example, Brian Epstein does not die in Rutleland, he accepts a teaching post in Australia.
Even if you are not a Beatle fan, this film is still a lot of fun, although you may not get all of the references.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars FAB!!!!
Great movie, well-done, extremely clever. It is a MUST have for any true Beatles fan. The music is great (and funny) too.
Published 20 days ago by Lounge Guy
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Movie
The most incredible spoof of the Beatles, Great Beatles like music that was so original that it made you think could the beatles had Written that???
Published 2 months ago by LARRY FREEMAN
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun movie
Cool movie I enjoy it a lot watching it 5 star lmao too funny comedy hahahahaha fun, fun times ...
Published 3 months ago by Bella D.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie, confusing attribute
This is a great movie, but why in the world does Amazon list Dan Akroyd so prominently in the cast list? Read more
Published 3 months ago by bananaman
2.0 out of 5 stars PAID FOR NEW AND REVEICED A USED ITEM
I PAID FOR A NEW DVD. THE PACKAGE WAS OPENED AND THERE WERE SCRATCHES AND BURN MARKS ON THE CASE.
NO WAY I CAN GIVE THIS TO ANYONE AS A GIFT. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Julia A Carlone
5.0 out of 5 stars Beware
Just to let you know folks, if you have the DVD of "All You Need Is Cash" already don't waste
your time and money on this 30TH Anniversary edition because it's the... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Derek
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the funniest movies you'll ever see.
What do you get when you combine Beatlemania, with Monte Python and the 1970's cast of Saturday Night Live? Pure comic genius. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Elizabeth Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Words escape me.....
Classic and brilliant spoof on the Beatles Mythology. Clearly executed with love by very talented musicians and comedians. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Anon
5.0 out of 5 stars Much Funnier than I Remembered!
I hadn't seen this movie in decades and didn't remember it being as funny as it is. Of course, in those intervening years, I have learned a lot more about the Beatles and those... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Sun'n'Fun
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Parody
I love the Beatles, and this mockumentary is brilliant. When you mix a couple of Pythons with a few Not Ready For Prime Time Players you get comic gold. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Pithecanthropus
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