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The Rutles: All You Need Is Cash (1978)

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Commentary 1: Director Eric Idle Rating:8.0/10 (2 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by Brian Thibodeau on July 15th, 2004:Find all reviews by Brian Thibodeau
Eric Idle's track for his Rutland Weekend Television spinoff starts off on a rather tedious note, as Idle spends an excessive amount of time naming and praising bit part actors in the film, pointing out gags he likes, and identifying locations. He's more forthcoming as the track reaches its mid-section, where he briefly discusses things like the genesis of the project, his long working relationship with music writer Neil Innes (who plays Ron Nasty in the film and whom he met on the children's programme Do Not Adjust Your Set in 1965) and the fact that his real hair is only visible on screen when he plays drugged-up narcotics and music expert Stanley J. Krammerhead III. Idle's tone is amiable and his memory sharp, and though people familiar with the Beatles history might be hip to the jokes, his explanation of key moments is helpful to newcomers. One just wishes it didn't take him so long to get up to speed. Still, good listening for fans. Of note: the glider that swoops over the performers in the "Tragical History Tour" video was completely unexpected. At the end, Idle claims to be working on a sequel to this seminal comedy work.