The Rutles: All You Need is Cash

The Rutles: All You Need is Cash

Director: Gary Weis Cast: Eric Idle, Neil Innes, Mick Jagger


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A mockumentary of a Beatles-like singing group called the Rutles, The Rutles is a collaboration between Monty Python alumnus Eric Idle and Saturday Night Live filmmaker Gary Weis. The members of the "pre-Fab Four" are Nasty, Barry, Stig, and Dirk. There really isn't any plot, just a series of vignettes, unctuously narrated by Idle, which mercilessly skewer the Beatles mythology. Under the guidance of agent Leggy Mountbatten (before he tragically takes a teaching post in Australia), the Rutles rise to the top with such hit songs as "Please Please Let Me Hold Your Hand" and "I Am the Waitress." Mention is made of the Rutles' film successes: "A Hard Day's Rut," "Ouch!," "Tragical History Tour," "Yellow Submarine Sandwich," and "Let It Rot." We also see such career highlights as Nasty's declaration that the Rutles are more popular than God (he meant "Rod," as in Rod Stewart), the rumor that Dirk is dead (whereupon Stiggy starts his own rumor that he is dead), and Nasty's unfortunate liaison with a Yoko Ono counterpart (depicted as a Neo-Nazi dominatrix). The Rutles gains an added veneer of verisimilitude through the participation of such rock stars as Paul Simon, Mick Jagger, and Ron Wood, as well as George Harrison himself, who shows up as a BBC commentator.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/27/1996
UPC: 0081227223434
Original Release: 1978
Rating: NR
Source: Rhino

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Eric Idle Dirk McQuickley,Narrator
Neil Innes Ron Nasty
Mick Jagger Himself
Ronnie Wood Hells Angel
Paul Simon Himself
Michael Palin Eric Manchester
Bill Murray Bill Murray the K.
Gary Weis Actor
Gwen Taylor Mrs Iris Mountbatten/Chastity
Frank Williams Actor
Pat Perkins Actor
Robert Putt Actor
Rutles Actor
Gilda Radner Mrs Emily Pules
Henry Woolf Arthur Sultan
John Belushi Ron Decline
Jeannette Charles Queen of England
Tom Davis Actor
Terence Bayler Leggy Mountbatten
Dan Aykroyd Brian Thigh
Lorne Michaels Actor
Bianca Jagger Martini
Bunny May Actor
Ricky Fataar Stig O'Hara
Al Franken Actor
John Halsey Barry Wom
Bob Gibson Actor

Technical Credits
Eric Idle Director,Screenwriter
Gary Weis Director,Cinematographer,Producer
Peta Button Art Director
Neil Innes Score Composer
Tony Jackson Sound/Sound Designer
Lorne Michaels Executive Producer
Roger Simons Production Manager
Bruce White Sound/Sound Designer
Bruce White Sound/Sound Designer

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