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All You Need Is Cash

Monty Python's Eric Idle and Neil Innes of the Bonzo Dog Band dreamed up this wicked 1978 parody of the Beatles legend, which charts the meteoric rise of the Rutles from their humble origins in Liverpool through their historic concert at Che Stadium (“named after the Cuban guerrilla Che Stadium”), their epochal studio recordings (“I Am the Waitress,” “W.C. Fields Forever”), and their acrimonious breakup (during which one of them absentmindedly sues himself). Mick Jagger and Paul Simon play themselves in hilariously straight-faced interview segments, and other characters are played by John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, and George Harrison. Reportedly the rest of the Beatles were amused, though Yoko Ono couldn't have been too pleased with her on-screen counterpart, a grim young woman in a neo-Nazi uniform. Idle and Gary Weis directed. 70 min.

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