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The Rutles: All You Need Is Cash
The legendary, non-award-winning film about Dirk, Nasty, Stig and Barry, known the world over as the Prefab Four

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A spoof documentary following the career of Prefab Four from their humble beginnings to their German nightclub era to world stardom…

Hot on the heels of the DVD release of A Hard Days Night comes the legendary, non-award-winning film about Dirk, Nasty, Stig and Barry, known the world over as the Prefab Four. If the documentary techniques seem dated, then the tunes are as well: who would want to remember Goosestep Mama or Sgt. Rutter's Only Darts Club Band?

This parody of the Beatles, Beatlemania and a number of more serious Beatle documentaries definitely thinks it's funny and it may well have raised a chuckle or two at the time but has lost a little of the topical humour now that the Beatles are a national treasure and are two men down. It's no Spinal Tap.

Dated and only intermittently amusing.

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Vastly overly critical review from Empire. This is perhaps a little dated but so is Citizen Cane and you don't see people complaining about that! And like Citizen Cane there are loads of techniques that originated in The Rutles that have since been repeatedly copied. Spinal Tap obviously took the natural style from scenes with Innes, Idle and co to its brilliant conclusion. While faux interviews with genuine rock stars such as Jagger and Paul Simon is something that's all the rage these days. Bu... More

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