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All You Need is Cash1978

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The Rutles (the Prefab Four) are a band known for their visual and aural pastiches and parodies of the Beatles. This originally fictional group, created by Eric Idle and Neil Innes for 1970s television programming, became an actual group (while remaining a parody of the Beatles) and toured and recorded, releasing two UK chart hits.

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Eight years after the break-up of the Beatles, smoke from the flames of Beatlemania still hung in the air. The was a building desire for nostalgia, to "Get Back" to the Beatles experience (Robert Zemeckis' "I Wanna Hold Your Hand," a comedy about a group of teenagers trying to sneak into the Ed Sullivan Show, was released within a year of "All You Need Is Cash,"). So while "All You Need Is Cash" is a spoof, it comes from a place of endearment: it pokes fun at the career of the Beatles, yet it loves the Beatles. The songs of Neil Innes give testimony to that. They are clever pastiches of Beatle songs--there's a bit of "Help" here and bit of "I Am The Walrus" there--but they stand on their own as solid Rock and Roll tunes. The film also creates a bridge between the Beatles and Monty Python, both distant cousins connected by their mutual ancestor, "The Goon Show:" irreverent, cheeky, mad! Rock on!

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Eight years after the break-up of the Beatles, smoke from the flames of Beatlemania still hung in the air. The was a building desire for nostalgia, to "Get Back" to the Beatles experience (Robert Zemeckis' "I Wanna Hold Your Hand," a comedy about a group of teenagers trying to sneak into the Ed Sullivan Show, was released within a year of "All You Need Is Cash,"). So while "All You Need Is Cash" is a spoof, it comes from a place of endearment: it pokes fun at the career of the Beatles, yet it loves the Beatles. The songs of Neil Innes give testimony to that. They are clever pastiches of Beatle songs--there's a bit of "Help" here and bit of "I Am The Walrus" there--but they stand on their own as solid Rock and Roll tunes. The film also creates a bridge between the Beatles and Monty Python, both distant cousins connected by their mutual ancestor, "The Goon Show:" irreverent, cheeky, mad! Rock on!

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Hysterical mockumentary in line with This Is Spinal Tap....and just as entertaining. Tons of cameos from the original Saturday Night Live crew...John Belushi, Gilda Radner, Bill Murray, Dan Akroyd, and more. Even Mick Jagger and Paul Simon !!! This is a must for fans of tongue in cheek humor and parody . Loved it.

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But you might not get the jokes if you are not a fan of the Beatles.