Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

 
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If it weren't for a couple of inspired performances, as well as the time-capsule weirdness of it all, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band would be definitively unwatchable. This misguided effort to dramatize the classic Beatles album (the Fab Four had nothing to do with it, thank goodness) also includes tunes from other Beatles LPs, strung together in lumbering '70s rock-opera style. Peter Frampton, then at the crest of his brief run at the top, stars as Billy Shears, with the Bee Gees wearing the glossy day-glo band jackets from the Pepper album cover. Earth, Wind & Fire turn in a spirited revamp of "Got to Get You into My Life," and Aerosmith thrash their way through "Come Together"; but most of the performances are pretty awful. Out-and-out novelties include Steve Martin doing "Maxwell's Silver Hammer" and George Burns (but of course) warbling "Fixing a Hole." This high-profile 1978 flop helped kill the hot streak (Saturday Night Fever, Grease) of record and movie producer Robert Stigwood and sink his RSO movie-music empire. --Robert Horton

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  • Run--Don't Walk--From this Gobbler.
    On Thanksgiving Day when people count their blessings, I think about one thing I will always be greatful for: it took me 25 years to rent this movie because I'd been hearing how bad it was. Well, if you have never seen this, Sgt. Pepper is everything you've heard, only worse. I like Peter Frampton to some respectable degree, but this movie almost made me sell anything I ever owned by him. Then I remembered that everyone makes mistakes. Nobody has made more mistakes in their lives, however, than Robert Stigwood and the B00-Gees. As if either party hadn't already peddled enough trivially trendy crapola on us, they had to insult us all with this de-Beatle-ization of the Beatles.

    Come on guys, this isn't even a campy old musical. It only wishes it were that good. Sgt. Pepper? Hell, they threw in songs from Abbey Road and also named Sandy Farina's horrible character after a song from Tragical History Tour(the worst Beatles album ever.). Paul Nicholas (remember "Heaving"-er-I mean "Heaven on the 7th Floor?") singing "You Never Give Me Your Money?" George burns "singing" "Fixing a Hole?" This entire movie needed the kind of fixing that only a bonfire could appropriately solve.

    People keep saying the B00-Gees and Pay-tah Frampton were bad actors, but I distinctly remember that they never uttered a line. Somebody wisely decided that their bad Beatle covers and horrible body and facial gestures were enough torture for the viewers. Hell, you know what's really awful? I was three sheets to the wind on that dark raspberry ale with the cute black lab puppy with the bird in its mouth, and the movie still sucked. At least Moulin Rouge, which I also hate, made me laugh. In fact the only enjoyment I truly got out of the movie was Earth Wind and Fire and the eject button. If you like the Beatles DO NOT buy this, but rent it if you must. Just make sure to keep some adult beverage handy because you're going to need it! ...more info
  • My Favorite!!!
    Very quick delivery and product was great!! I would definately order from them again. My son and I have enjoyed this DVD over and over again!!!

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  • Great fun for Beatle fans with a sense of humor
    Like many reviewers have said, this movie is definitely "bad". The story almost seems like a tounge-in-cheek goof, but my guess is that it was really meant to be "good." That said, however, it's a ton of fun. I love the Beatles music, but apparently I don't hold is as sacred as some of the grouches who were so offended by this piece of fluff. Great fun scenes include the battle between Billy Shears (Frampton) and the singer of the Future Villain Band (Aerosmith's Steven Tyler), and the scene where the boys from squeaky-clean Heartland arrive in "Hollywood" (?) and are immersed in "real world" sleaze and decadence, to the backing of a lenghty, jazzed up "I Want You (She's So Heavy)." Someone who's not a Beatles fan would likely be bored by the film, but since I love these songs, I was entertained by these renditions, wrongheaded as most of them may be (Earth Wind and Fire and Aerosmith excepted--I believe they're the only two acts that played their own arrangements).
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  • 2 hours of fun!
    I know a lot of people are looking for plot to this movie. Hey now, in Classic Beatles movie style, it has no particular plot or story much like Magical Mystery Tour. The movie's feature is the music, and if watched in a slightly altered state, it's a blast. I personally have avoided this movie for a long time, based on critics' reviews. However, I love the Beatles music too much and I was curious about the Bee Gees Role in this flick. I was impressed. I think they were actually playing and singing in their songs! Maurice was especially awesome as Ringo! He was hitting the beats and didn't look silly. The updated renditions were really good for 1978, I was expecting it to be more disco. A lot of the artists came up with very neat arrangements in updated fashion. I think you need a sense of humor to enjoy this movie. There is a serious side to this movie that craps on the record industry. The segment where they get drugged by the big chiefs at BD Records and sign a Contract under the influence has probably happened more times than we would want to know. If it's true that careers were ruined by this movie, I think this is a shame. It looks like it was all in fun with no big agenda other than a grand tribute to the late 60's Beatles. All the songs have a little story line to them and someone needed to interpret them in a visual way. This is as good as any, because the Beatles never did after MMT. It's no more silly than Yellow Submarine and people praise this cartoon. Give it a try and smile!...more info
  • Oh Come ON! Have a little fun!
    Okay, I'm an absolute Bee Gees fanatic and have been since 1974. I saw this movie three times in one day when it came out - and my hubby married me anyway!

    All I have to say is "Barry Gibb in CinemaScope", what more could you ask for? It still causes my pulse to race every time he walks out. The Bee Gees do fantastic on their song covers, who else could even remotely touch the Beatles? If you do nothing but watch Maurice Gibb the entire time, you will be laughing...a lot!

    People, this movie wasn't meant to be serious, it was meant to be funny and the music is wonderful (Billy Preston with "Get Back" and a horribly scummy Aerosmith with "Come Together". I couldn't look at Steve Tyler for years without my skin crawling.) I remember thinking at the time, what the hell were they thinking? It was totally hokey, totally kitsch, and so totally tongue-in-cheek that is still fun to watch.

    I absolutely love this movie, always have, always will. I respectfully ask that one take the "Disco" chip off your shoulder and have a little fun!...more info
  • Fluff, but a lot of fun
    When I first saw this movie in 1978, I wasn't expecting a movie on the level of, say, "Gone With The Wind" (which is another of my favorite movies). I knew it would be silly but that was ok. I was a fan of Peter Frampton and the Bee Gees and the chance to see them on the big screen was simply too good to pass up.

    I have just seen the movie on television a couple of days ago. I have to say after almost 30 years I still enjoy it as much as I did then. I recall a review stating it was "Not bad on a hot summer day. . ." (KC paper 1978) and I still agree. It's just a fun way to spend a couple of hours. All of the music is quite good but there are a few standout performances -- Dianne Steinberg/Stargard "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds", Peter Frampton "The Long And Winding Road", Barry Gibb/Bee Gees "A Day In The Life", George Burns "Fixing A Hole", Robin Gibb/Bee Gees "Oh Darling", Aerosmith "Come Together" and Earth Wind And Fire "Got To Get You Into My Life". Of course all the stars in the finale, and just the fun of seeing how young everyone looked then.

    This movie is good clean family fun and I'd recommend it. Especially to someone who still loves the seventies.

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  • Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
    I bought this movie because I remembered it fondly when I was a 14 year old teenage girl back in 1978. My husband had never seen it and we couldn't find a copy in the video store. I had told my 15 year old daughter about it and since she's a big fan of the Beatles, she was interested in seeing it as well.

    When I received the dvd, I sort of cringed at how cheesy the movie was. Peter Frampton and Barry Gibb looked like the hotties I remembered from when I was 14, but the movie as a whole is pretty campy. Before viewing the movie, I was concerned about my daughter watching it, as I had remembered a scene where the band is all getting drunk and stoned, but compared to what the kids watch nowadays, or see on MySpace, it's pretty tame. Not surprisingly, though, my 15 year old daughter loved it. She plays it all the time and has her friends over to watch. She asked me who sings "Come Together" and I told her it was Steven Tyler and the band Aerosmith. She thinks he's hot! I broke the news to her that he's 30 years older now. She still loves the movie.

    I had purchased the soundtrack as well. This movie and album were my first exposure to many Beatle songs that I never heard as a kid. It made me want to go out there and hear the original songs. For some of them, I like the Beatles version better, but I fell in love with Peter Frampton's version of "Golden Slumbers."

    This movie has been a great trip down memory lane for me....more info
  • The Bee Gees' Bowwow!!
    A host of cinematic stinkers came out of the 70s, but "Sgt Pepper" stands out as possibly the worst movie musicals of its era. Was Robert Stigwood trying to cash in on the success of the Bee Gees? Or was he trying to one-up The Who and "Tommy"??

    Great music it has....great acting it most emphatically does not. In a word..."ARGH." I wondered how Peter Frampton manages to read sheet music since he obviously can't read a movie script. Great hair and colorful costumes weren't enough of a distraction from the lousy story and through the whole flick the one big question running through my mind was: "WHAT is George Burns doing in this awful movie???" He can't have been THAT broke.

    Sergeant Pepper has one saving grace: It will NEVER be as bad as "Can't Stop the Music."

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  • Hard to watch till the end...
    is this film. It gets utterly bogged down with the scenes of the robot and all the computerized singing. I saw this film when it came out in '78 and to me it's hard to believe this movie ever existed. Everyone whose career survived it forgot (at least in public) all about their performance in it. But I like the way it has a complete fantasy feeling and is not realistic at all. We can't make movies like this anymore. Good music too (for Rock n'roll which almost always was loud and obnoxious though). I think the WW1 army band instrumental rendition of "We're Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band", played at the beginning of the film, sounds too modern for the year 1918 but since this is a fantasy that isn't immensely important....more info
  • most excellent time capsule!
    aw, c'mon, this movie was never trying to be 'crash'. it's a total flashback to everything fun and funky about the era. flashy costumes, tons of rare performances, and creatively produced music and visuals by the best in the business at the time, ensure there is something for everyone. so few films manage to capture both the naivete and the darkness of those times. i think the greatest thing about this movie is that everyone looks like they're having fun. must have been a blast to be on this set! i thoroughly enjoyed watching it with my teen daughter-- totally amused, entertained and remembering how exciting it all was on the big screen. let your cares fly and enjoy this glittery romp through a fantastical decade. ...more info
  • Nostalgia for real...
    Ok... so this film is not cinematic genius, (or even competance for that matter), but... That's not why you dig a flick like this, right? I love it. I checked it out recently for the first time since I was a child. If you're not looking for a spectacular movie, and you just want a nostalgiac experience, it doesn't get any better. The treatments of the tunes are actually quite good. It has the late disco madness on it, but truthfully, ignoring the "I hate disco" zealots, that music was executed to perfection. Yes the acting is... well it isn't..., yes the story is cheese incarnate, but all in all, this thing is fun. If you take it for what it is, you can't go wrong. ...more info
  • great music, movie sucked
    Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club BandYes, the music was great, the movie a bomb, but it brings back the sights, sounds and memories of the time. I get a kick out of it every time I see it!...more info
  • Cult classic- expect cheesiness!
    If you expect this movie to be a prolific account of the Beatles catalog, expect to be disappointed. This is by far, the cheesiest movie I have ever seen. What I love about it, is the way it captures the pop culture scene of the late 70s. With the idolatry of artists like Elvis, the Beatles, Led Zeppelin... I think the late 70s really taught us to enjoy a whole type of music. Incorporating the Bee Gees, Frampton, Aerosmith, Earth Wind & Fire into one movie breaks down the barriers of music.

    The only speaking part in this film goes to the wonderfully entertaining George Burns. Giving Robin Gibb a speaking part probably would have ruined the movie, but the covers are beautiful. Aerosmith 'Come Together' and EW&F 'Got To Get You Into My Life' remain radio hits, and the reason I wanted to see the movie.

    And besides, where else can you find a Star Wars-like battle between a demented Steve Martin and 70s heartthrob Peter Frampton?

    Enjoy- I sure did!...more info
  • GREAT EXPERIENCE
    MERCHANDISE ARRIVED QUICKLY AND INTACT,WAS JUST AS PROMISED,WILL DEFINITELY DO BUSINESS WITH THIS MERCHANT AGAIN....more info
  • geniousness to the max
    people hate on this movie because it's "stupid"...to them, i say 'get a life and a sense of humor'. i love the beatles and was skeptical about this movie before watching it, because if you're going to cover the beatles songs you better have an interesting take it, or do something new. i think this movie's campy enough that no one can really take it seriously or consider it a true attempt to compete with the beatles genious versions of their songs. it's just fun to watch, which i do regularly. if you don't take things too seriously and just like to laugh at majestic hair, lip synching, and the 70's then this is the movie's for you!...more info
  • Cheezy acting, but the music is good...
    I watched this when if first came out when I was a kid. It seemed good at the time. I didn't realize how short it was, there's hardly any talking. The only thing I enjoy about this movie is the music....more info
  • Painfully bad
    This movie is bad. It transcends badness. The acting is bad, the script is bad, the music is (mostly) bad. It is the trifecta of badness. The music only roughly tells a story and then it is just the first few lines that are meaningful.

    The only enjoyment from the film is in a masochistic way. How much pain can you endure? Our limit? About 60 minutes.


    I would give it 0 stars if it were possible. 1 star is over generous. ...more info
  • Bad and Good
    This is a bad movie but I still love it. I remember seeing this in the theatre when it first came out. Okay, it's cheesy and kind of stupid but sometimes you just gotta take what you like and forget about the rest. I love the Bee Gees and I love these songs. I especially love Robin singing "Oh Darlin," and Aerosmith (as the FVB- Future Villian Band)singing a really cool version of "Come Together." Awesome. ...more info
  • Am I the only one who noticed....?
    I loved this when it first came out. Watched every year for the next 2-3 years (hey, I was a tween, lol). Then, as an adult, I got nostalgic, and found it in Tower Records. I thought, hey, why not? Yeah, it'd probably be cheesy, but that's half the fun, right? Well, yeah, it was cheesy, but it was still fun, until my favorite Beatles song came on, "When I'm 64". Now, when I watched it originally, I was caught up in the plight of poor Strawberry, running from that silly pervert, Mr. Mustard. It came to that part, and it was just as funny as it was back then. But, then, wham!! Halfway thru the song, they cut it out and went right into the next scene!! I thought, hey, this is a commercial DVD, what the?? It was like, someone had actually video taped it, and stopped it for the commercial too soon!!

    Kinda ruined it for me. ...more info
  • I Love this Movie!
    When it came out in theatres I think I saw it about a million times. Of course then it cost about 50 cents to see a movie. It was so much fun, and the music is wonderful. I agree with one review that mentioned how it takes you back to a time when things were so much more simple. Don't get this movie if you are one of those that likes to rip every single aspect of a movie apart. This movie has no great drama or acting, it's just fun and it has some really great Beatles remakes in it....more info
  • Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
    I loved this movie the first time I saw it and I love it still. I am a big fan of musicals...more info
  • The Pepper Monster

    The Monster That Is Sgt Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band!

    Well You've all waited for my next review and instead you get this analysis of cheese, I know. I like Pepper for all its Gibby guffaw, but this review won't be easy. I'll mention what's good and quirky first then topple on the bad and the nitpicks! Tooshay!

    Well, there's The Opening Footage. At least they tried to have a backstory, however hokey it is. Burns narration helps fill in the gaps. The varying renditions of the title song are a nice touch. Sgt Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band introduces The Hendersons, and sure I am Gibb-biased, but the Bee Gees sound like The Beatles. Maurice once again seems to get the short end of the stick, stuck in the back fiddling with the drums, but oh dear Lord get Robin away from that toy guitar!

    With a Little Help from My Friends brings Peter Frampton's introduction while wearing a pink shirt and white overalls with hearts all over them. My 6 and 7 year old nieces don't even wear that. I don't care for Frampton at all really, but I shall try to be nice in my review. I like how Strawberry is supposed to sing along, but she doesn't quite know the words does she?

    Fixing a Hole to me means fixing the loophole in George Burns' contract that says he gets to sing. The only good part is...um. My nieces sing along and like the little kiddies playing about with Burnsy. Yeah, that's it. This really is a very poor rendition of the song, and Burns isn't Fred Astaire. Do we really need another poor imaginary sequence that does nothing to advance the story of the Band making it big? Oh let's skip this one. Getting Better always gets stuck in my head. The BD bad music executive is introduced here with chick star Lucy. And no I'm not mentioning his name because it gets changed in the movie, twice. This is a good sequence though. The music sounds good and the quote unquote story is progressed through the scene. Wow.

    Here Comes The Sun is the first song presented by Sandy Farina. It's nice to hear a female voice every once in a great while. Farina's rendition is okay. The hearts on Billy's truck are a cute tie in, too. However, Heartland's best mode of transportation is a hot air balloon? Totally implausible, but it's all in good fun. Especially when Robin's character Dave pukes. Frampton's acting when he pretends to wake up is very weak. Besides, are we supposed to believe nothing happened between these two lovebirds on the eve one is going away to seek fame and fortune? It's also a shame this is the only George Harrison ode in the film.

    The She's So Heavysequence is the most Tommy like of the entire film. The movie should have stayed in this vein. Look how scary and edgy and racy the music biz is! All the singing is well choreographed, and the limo like car is funny. When did they switch to that tiny plane? And how can Lucy be driving the car, be a mannequin, a prostitute, on a motorcycle, at the pool, and the photographer? Also, notice Maurice this sequence. He is the `what to do in the background when no one is supposed to be watching' master!

    While I praise this aspect, this sequence is also the one that you cringe at when the kids are watching, and you hope they don't ask questions. The drinking and drug use is a bit much, much less the adult video place the boys drive by. Is this movie supposed to be dark and edgy like Tommy or cutesy cheese for the kiddies? The bipolar nature of the movie is where it's trouble lies.

    I love it when the trashed gang wakes up to Paul Nicholas' Good Morning shout outs. Again a tune that is strengthened by the Brothers backing contributions. Like Getting Better, a scene that is part of the story. Do you think they had a tough time getting all those extras of screaming girls? The little "BD TV" graphic is cool, too. It leads right into Barry's rendition of Nowhere Man. While the television special and concert sequences here help the story of the boys popularity move along, this version of Nowhere Man is unnecessarily slowed. It is kind of an odd moment, but Barry sounds pretty.

    Soul Jam Barry appears in the Polythene Pam segment. Again how much did they pay the girl who got to scream and run on stage? This whole concert segment is well done. If you are telling a story about a band's rise to fame, best show them in concert! I like She Came In Through The Bathroom Window. Frampton does his best here. It reminds me of his Comes Alive stuff that everyone thinks is so great. Maybe he is his best in concert so this scene fits him. He looks like he is having fun and I even sing along. Without dialogue, they use these newspaper like graphics during the concert to relay the story. It's a nice detail, but it could have been done better. At one point the movie is squished into one little newspaper block, and it's kind of annoying. And Robin still has that guitar. It's frightening.

    And I begrudgingly come to Mean Mr. Mustard. This is a totally poor rendition and I wish they had used a better song to develop the sequence. Mustard is told by the Future Villian Band to steal Sgt Pepper's instruments from the Heartland museum. He takes over the town, turning it into some very trashy looking stuff. It says an arcade, but again there are some dicey movements in the dancing not meant for kids. Why are you putting something dicey in a kiddie storyline? Mr. Kite is tied up at one point, so the film loses narration for the next three songs. The narration serves a purpose sometimes but it also is a bit of "How does Mr. Kite know?!" kind of thing. Like when Captain Kirk could make entries to his Captain's Log while imprisoned back in time on an alien planet. Go fig. At least there is some story developing. The next three sequences are perhaps the best here. She's Leaving Home presents Strawberry upset with what's happening in Heartland so she leaves town to find the Band. The singing in this one is pretty cool, and the action on screen is exactly what's being said in the lyrics.

    Oh yes! Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds! The female rendition of this one is great, even if the premise is implausible. Strawberry gets off the bus in the big city, spots the Big D billboard and imagines the whole song. It sounds really hokey but it is also to me a very ingenious way to get the song onscreen. Besides, zooming in and watching the dirty dancing going on in this one is hysterical! Strawberry goes to the studio, where Robin is singing Oh Darling. Again he is singing, and very well, and yes this is a musical, but there is a reason and a place onscreen where the song is coming from. The subtleties in this sequence are great. From the almost shot of Lucy's boob, to Robin getting his hair yanked when he forgets to take off his headphones.

    And now the film really goes to $%^&. George Burns' narration inexplicably returns to tell us the boys are stealing Mustard's van and going to save Heartland by rescuing the instruments from The Future Villian Band's vile agents! However, There is some cool interplay between Barry and Maurice and Mustard's computerettes. You know, watching this without sound would be an interesting experiment.

    Maxwell Silver Hammer is the first singing villian given to us in Steve Martin attempting to sing. The choreography is pathetic at points and the fight scenes (if you can call them that) are a joke. At least Because brings us Alice Cooper's unique version, even if the whole FVB thing is stupid. The boys crawling into Cooper's lair is really funny though, and again, Maurice steals the show while Billy ends up unconscious two songs in a row. The way they freeze frame the endings of these songs is really funny, too.

    Strawberry Fields Forever slows things down very stupidly. Farina's title song isn't bad, but she's got to sing Billy Shears back to health? Okay. It's even more hokey fun when we see how Billy is dreaming of Strawberry in all the spots where Lucy was on his kinky ride to fame. However, Billy imagines Strawberry in the `Lucy in The Sky With Diamonds' segment, even though the Lucy segment was a figment of Strawberry's imagination!
    Yes I bet you are totally confused, so am I. Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite tries to get the film back on track with Paul Nicholas' Dougie planning a benefit to save Heartland. This is an incredibly stupid looking scene, with circus people and horses on roller skates. Just close your eyes and listen to Maurice sing his one lead.

    You Never Give Me Your Money is the one bright spot since the film turned into this whole Save Heartland joke. There is actually some sort of character development and sequence in the song. First they hated each other and now Lucy and Dougie have combined their love of money. This musical symbolism is very well done, almost like a real old time musical.
    Not that this is really a bad bad, but did anyone else notice the raunch factor in this one? What kind of choreography is this? 'Oh let's run around the wax statue of the dead Sgt Pepper! Yeah! And Lucy, be sure and show you're underwear!' The singing and the song itself are catchy, but the bumping and grinding and rolling on the money are a bit too much for the kiddies.

    Earth, Wind, and Fire are billed as themselves here, performing Got To Get You Into My Life for Heartland's Benefit. They put on an expert show, but naturally they have to cut to the boys singing and clapping in the audience. It might be the quintessential sum up of how much the brothers hated making this movie. The looks on their faces are so God We don't want to be here!
    And no wonder with such classics as When I'm 64. Mustard kidnaps Strawberry and they ruin this great song. Burns' narration is so far gone, you want to pull the film back and rip him away from his little off camera microphone. I guess it depends on your mood, but most of the time I find the boys jumping in their Heartland Hot Air Balloon and magically changing into their aviator outfits totally stupid. I mean the way they look is just...cheese.

    And alas we meet the Future Villian Band for Come Together. Aerosmith's rendition is awesome, even if the idea of them turning Strawberry into `a mindless groupie' is really dumb. Besides she already is one! Again we get another hokey fight scene, but upon my first viewing, this was the one moment in the film I held my breath over. It looks really cool when Strawberry plummets to her death!

    Golden Slumbers and Carry That Wait relay the funeral scene well in theory. The songs fit, but Frampton's honest to goodness fake tears kind of kill it. I did enjoy seeing the bads line up for the funeral. Did they even know Strawberry? Again my Gibb-biased self must give props to the brothers' pouting close-ups. The silent interplay between them in this supposedly serious sequence is great. They pine during The Long and Winding Road while we are treated to another song lessened by Frampton. He roams Heartland reminiscing about his life with Strawberry -in flashback scenes that we didn't see the action of in the movie prior to this moment, but hey. What really bugs me is in the flashbacks there is a dog. What happened to the dog?!

    Barry gets his moment to shine with A Day in The Life. His voice here is the most Beatle-esque and only he could carry this tune the way it should be. The way he looks in the scenes and the flashbacks of when things were good with the band set the song off.

    Not that a film like this could possibly have a plausible ending, but Get Back delivers on the out and out hokey of the film. The Sgt Pepper weather vane mystically turns into the soul of Sgt Pepper-Billy Preston? He stops Billy Shears from killing himself, turns all the baddies into nuns, polishes up the boys' white suits, and brings Strawberry back to life. Yes that is what it says. I hope I didn't spoil it too much. 80)

    And thank God the Sgt Pepper Reprise signals the end of the film! Who are all those famous people appearing, anyway? I can name like ten of them on sight! That is sad on their part. Then again, the ladies will enjoy zooming in on the brothers' white suits. Trust me.
    I should also give some details about the movie itself. About how the Bee Gees didn't want to star with Peter Frampton in this horrible musical of Beatles tunes and that the bad box office sales ruined the RSO organization. However, all of this and that can't quite be explained until you actually see the movie. So go get the dvd! Um, I said now. ...more info
  • A Blast from the Past
    I loved this movie as a kid and love having it on DVD....that's what the 4-stars are for. The fifth star is missing because I don't want people who've never seen the movie to get the impression that I'm saying it's a block-buster of a movie. In truth, it's pretty darn cheezy...but it's fun to see a young George Burns, Steve Martin, Aerosmith, Alice Cooper, Frampton, Sandy Farina, and the Bee-Gees. I also think it's cool the way the movie is basically the entire Bee-Gee's version of the Beetles Sgt. Pepper hits (and others) put to music, all 4 sides of the 2-record album and, I believe, in order. Oh, and I'll admit it, I like the Bee-Gees....more info
  • Memories
    This movie is still as good as I remember. It is so good to see George Burns....more info
  • Love It
    It's the best. Loved this movie in the late 70's and watching it in 2007 made me appreciate it more. It's a bigger laugh now than back then. Music is great. If you're a fan of the Beatles and of many of the stars of the movie...it's a classic. ...more info
  • Oh the Humanity........
    Now see here. I appreciate sarcasm and I respect other peoples opinions, I freely admit to liking crappy films other people hate, but no one, under any circumstances for any reason should ever recommend this film, not to anyone for any reason, this is so bad it's bad. Rarely does a film deserve it's good or bad hype but this does. yes it is as bad as everyone says. There is not plot so I can't give it away, what was done here, is that every band from every stripe, Hard Rock (Aerosmith/Alice Cooper) R and B (Earth Wind and Fire) Old People (George Burns) and the biggest selling groups of the day (by the time the film came out Frampton's sales were sucking canal water) The Bee Gees and Peter Frampton were shanghaied into putting together the single greatest musical stink bomb ever. I record I hope will stand for all eternity, words fail me as I remember the way the Bee Gees win a fist fight with Aerosmith, they punch out Alice Cooper too (Alice was in rehab at the time so he is forgiven, I think Aerosmith were into the heroin, if not they should have been) the story was a meandering mishmash of songs done badly for no reason other then the band singing them was getting paid, oh the years that were spent on this monstrosity, the lives it touched, oh God will you ever forgive us, probably not. In one of the many, many mind boggling scenes of indescribable musical mayhem, Frampton is reduced to singing to a dead girl "Carry that weight" Frampton is a guitarist, not a singer, sure he sang but that was not his forte. Some of the best pop music ever written sung by genuinely talented people who surely must have known better each number was worse then the last, until it became a battle over what was worse, the horrible contrived "story" or the unfathomable renditions of Beatles songs. This film and the subsequent soundtrack will stick in the national conciseness like a splintered chicken bone in a dogs throught. I am compelled to address the individuals who have taken in upon themselves to defend and recommend this for reasons other then sarcasm or sick humor, shame on you....more info
  • Great, great movie
    Very optimistic, hopeful simple story. With great, great Lennon & McCartney music! Probably the best music movie i've ever seen. Must see....more info
  • BeeGees sing the Beatles
    Who'd have thought? Quite an interesting rock-opera adaptation of some great Beatles songs. It is as hokie as I remember it being. I wonder if this inspired Across the Universe? It is a fun nostalgia trip and the music is fun too!...more info
  • Feel Good
    If you like the B.G.'s , the Beatles, Aerosmith ,Steve Martin, Alice Cooper and many more - this is the movie for you - - It was over too soon. Fun and easy on the eye's - -...more info
  • Horribly Great!
    I checked out Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band on the assumption that the movie would star The Beatles (as the movie's title is their best album.) Unfortunately, there are no Beatles to be seen. Rather, the main characters are all the BeeGees.
    This movie is a musical set to Beatles songs. The story is so convoluted that it seemed like the creators simply threw together random pieces of songs and tried to tie it all together. They used the lyrics in the most literal ways possible. (For example, Strawberry Fields is the name of the leading lady and when they sang "For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite", they were really putting on a benefit show.)
    The setup of the movie is incredibly far-fetched. Back in the early 1900's, a band existed known as Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. They played their music so good that they brought all peoples together. They brought world peace. When they died, the band's mantle was put upon Sgt. Pepper's grandson. (This is, for the most part, where any mention of the original Band ends.) He started a new Lonely Hearts Club Band and they soon became famous.
    Music:
    Steve Martin singing Maxwell's Silver Hammer is great!
    Earth Wind And Fire's did great too!
    Aerosmith singing Come Together is excellent! On par with the original!
    George Burns singing "Fixing A Hole" was classic.
    Billy Preston's "Get Back" was pretty interesting. He turned everybody into Catholics.
    The last song, sung by a bunch of people (I'm assuming the cast members), was pretty good.
    The BeeGees weren't too bad. They were actually kinda good.
    Actually, most of the songs were pretty good, but some were laughably bad. (Like "When I'm 64")
    Basically, no plot, mostly good music, crazy random story, guilty pleasure. See it if you have the chance and want to laugh at some stupidity.
    All in all, this movie is the epitome of "Guilty Pleasure". It is so horrible that it is great!...more info
  • Blast from the Past!
    I wasn't sure it would stand the test of time. It had a certain 'cheese' factor when it was new (I loved every cheesy bite), so there was doubt. Much to my delight (and relief), it was everything I remembered. Even my Beatlemania, audiophile husband got caught up in it...not to mention my kids. And Billy was soooooo HOT!...more info
  • One of the dumbest movies ever
    I have over 1500 DVDs.

    This movie is in my collection because I think it is one of the cheesiest I've ever seen. the first time I watched it, it was painful.

    I watch it now because I think it's hysterical. I love the Beatles and this doesn't really do much to increase that love.

    Steve Martin's performance with "Maxwell's Hammer" is one of the best EVER. Cheese level? 12 out of 10....more info
  • A great family musical
    I have to say that I am not a big fan of the BeeGee's. But this is a classic that most can enjoy. The list of guest stars is long and prestigious. If you like the Beatles music, lot's of great performers, and some tongue in cheek humor this movie is worth watching....more info
  • Both Good and Fun
    The movie and the sountrack are very good. If you enjoy a fun movie with a good and pleasant soundtrack get this one then....more info
  • I gotta get this movie!
    I saw this movie waaaay back as a 17 yr. old. Today on the oldies station, they were playing the BEATLE's Sgt. Pepper's music...YUCK! As far as I'm concerned, P. Frampton and the Bee Gee's version was beautifully done. Also, loved the female who sang Strawberry Fields. I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED this movie back then...and I'm going to order it and see how I feel about it now that I'm well into my 40s. Peter Frampton, the Bee Gees, Aerosmith...wow...they were "IT" back then! ...more info
  • No Pep
    Entertainment industry impresario Robert Stigwood had an incredible winning formula for merging music with film in Saturday Night Fever and Grease. But there was also this movie that delivered a crippling financial blow to his international RSO empire.

    The 1978 musical starred a pair of Billboard chart monsters - Peter Frampton and the Bee Gees - in a thin story line that ties into the classic album of the same name by the Beatles. The last scene - "Our Guests at Heartland" - is the most fun, as it is a fitting tribute to the classic album cover and features an incredible cast that includes Tina Turner, George Harrison, Donovan, Linda McCartney and Heart.

    But to get to that point means to view director Michael Schultz pouring on the glitz, though nothing can ultimtately save the exploits of Frampton (Billy Shears) and the Gibb brothers from the incredibly weak script that centers on keeping the musical magic going in Heartland, U.S.A.

    ...more info
  • Feel Good
    If you like the B.G.'s , the Beatles, Aerosmith ,Steve Martin, Alice Cooper and many more - this is the movie for you - - It was over too soon. Fun and easy on the eye's - -...more info
  • The Pepper Monster

    The Monster That Is Sgt Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band!

    Well You've all waited for my next review and instead you get this analysis of cheese, I know. I like Pepper for all its Gibby guffaw, but this review won't be easy. I'll mention what's good and quirky first then topple on the bad and the nitpicks! Tooshay!

    Well, there's The Opening Footage. At least they tried to have a backstory, however hokey it is. Burns narration helps fill in the gaps. The varying renditions of the title song are a nice touch. Sgt Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band introduces The Hendersons, and sure I am Gibb-biased, but the Bee Gees sound like The Beatles. Maurice once again seems to get the short end of the stick, stuck in the back fiddling with the drums, but oh dear Lord get Robin away from that toy guitar!

    With a Little Help from My Friends brings Peter Frampton's introduction while wearing a pink shirt and white overalls with hearts all over them. My 6 and 7 year old nieces don't even wear that. I don't care for Frampton at all really, but I shall try to be nice in my review. I like how Strawberry is supposed to sing along, but she doesn't quite know the words does she?

    Fixing a Hole to me means fixing the loophole in George Burns' contract that says he gets to sing. The only good part is...um. My nieces sing along and like the little kiddies playing about with Burnsy. Yeah, that's it. This really is a very poor rendition of the song, and Burns isn't Fred Astaire. Do we really need another poor imaginary sequence that does nothing to advance the story of the Band making it big? Oh let's skip this one. Getting Better always gets stuck in my head. The BD bad music executive is introduced here with chick star Lucy. And no I'm not mentioning his name because it gets changed in the movie, twice. This is a good sequence though. The music sounds good and the quote unquote story is progressed through the scene. Wow.

    Here Comes The Sun is the first song presented by Sandy Farina. It's nice to hear a female voice every once in a great while. Farina's rendition is okay. The hearts on Billy's truck are a cute tie in, too. However, Heartland's best mode of transportation is a hot air balloon? Totally implausible, but it's all in good fun. Especially when Robin's character Dave pukes. Frampton's acting when he pretends to wake up is very weak. Besides, are we supposed to believe nothing happened between these two lovebirds on the eve one is going away to seek fame and fortune? It's also a shame this is the only George Harrison ode in the film.

    The She's So Heavysequence is the most Tommy like of the entire film. The movie should have stayed in this vein. Look how scary and edgy and racy the music biz is! All the singing is well choreographed, and the limo like car is funny. When did they switch to that tiny plane? And how can Lucy be driving the car, be a mannequin, a prostitute, on a motorcycle, at the pool, and the photographer? Also, notice Maurice this sequence. He is the `what to do in the background when no one is supposed to be watching' master!

    While I praise this aspect, this sequence is also the one that you cringe at when the kids are watching, and you hope they don't ask questions. The drinking and drug use is a bit much, much less the adult video place the boys drive by. Is this movie supposed to be dark and edgy like Tommy or cutesy cheese for the kiddies? The bipolar nature of the movie is where it's trouble lies.

    I love it when the trashed gang wakes up to Paul Nicholas' Good Morning shout outs. Again a tune that is strengthened by the Brothers backing contributions. Like Getting Better, a scene that is part of the story. Do you think they had a tough time getting all those extras of screaming girls? The little "BD TV" graphic is cool, too. It leads right into Barry's rendition of Nowhere Man. While the television special and concert sequences here help the story of the boys popularity move along, this version of Nowhere Man is unnecessarily slowed. It is kind of an odd moment, but Barry sounds pretty.

    Soul Jam Barry appears in the Polythene Pam segment. Again how much did they pay the girl who got to scream and run on stage? This whole concert segment is well done. If you are telling a story about a band's rise to fame, best show them in concert! I like She Came In Through The Bathroom Window. Frampton does his best here. It reminds me of his Comes Alive stuff that everyone thinks is so great. Maybe he is his best in concert so this scene fits him. He looks like he is having fun and I even sing along. Without dialogue, they use these newspaper like graphics during the concert to relay the story. It's a nice detail, but it could have been done better. At one point the movie is squished into one little newspaper block, and it's kind of annoying. And Robin still has that guitar. It's frightening.

    And I begrudgingly come to Mean Mr. Mustard. This is a totally poor rendition and I wish they had used a better song to develop the sequence. Mustard is told by the Future Villian Band to steal Sgt Pepper's instruments from the Heartland museum. He takes over the town, turning it into some very trashy looking stuff. It says an arcade, but again there are some dicey movements in the dancing not meant for kids. Why are you putting something dicey in a kiddie storyline? Mr. Kite is tied up at one point, so the film loses narration for the next three songs. The narration serves a purpose sometimes but it also is a bit of "How does Mr. Kite know?!" kind of thing. Like when Captain Kirk could make entries to his Captain's Log while imprisoned back in time on an alien planet. Go fig. At least there is some story developing. The next three sequences are perhaps the best here. She's Leaving Home presents Strawberry upset with what's happening in Heartland so she leaves town to find the Band. The singing in this one is pretty cool, and the action on screen is exactly what's being said in the lyrics.

    Oh yes! Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds! The female rendition of this one is great, even if the premise is implausible. Strawberry gets off the bus in the big city, spots the Big D billboard and imagines the whole song. It sounds really hokey but it is also to me a very ingenious way to get the song onscreen. Besides, zooming in and watching the dirty dancing going on in this one is hysterical! Strawberry goes to the studio, where Robin is singing Oh Darling. Again he is singing, and very well, and yes this is a musical, but there is a reason and a place onscreen where the song is coming from. The subtleties in this sequence are great. From the almost shot of Lucy's boob, to Robin getting his hair yanked when he forgets to take off his headphones.

    And now the film really goes to $%^&. George Burns' narration inexplicably returns to tell us the boys are stealing Mustard's van and going to save Heartland by rescuing the instruments from The Future Villian Band's vile agents! However, There is some cool interplay between Barry and Maurice and Mustard's computerettes. You know, watching this without sound would be an interesting experiment.

    Maxwell Silver Hammer is the first singing villian given to us in Steve Martin attempting to sing. The choreography is pathetic at points and the fight scenes (if you can call them that) are a joke. At least Because brings us Alice Cooper's unique version, even if the whole FVB thing is stupid. The boys crawling into Cooper's lair is really funny though, and again, Maurice steals the show while Billy ends up unconscious two songs in a row. The way they freeze frame the endings of these songs is really funny, too.

    Strawberry Fields Forever slows things down very stupidly. Farina's title song isn't bad, but she's got to sing Billy Shears back to health? Okay. It's even more hokey fun when we see how Billy is dreaming of Strawberry in all the spots where Lucy was on his kinky ride to fame. However, Billy imagines Strawberry in the `Lucy in The Sky With Diamonds' segment, even though the Lucy segment was a figment of Strawberry's imagination!
    Yes I bet you are totally confused, so am I. Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite tries to get the film back on track with Paul Nicholas' Dougie planning a benefit to save Heartland. This is an incredibly stupid looking scene, with circus people and horses on roller skates. Just close your eyes and listen to Maurice sing his one lead.

    You Never Give Me Your Money is the one bright spot since the film turned into this whole Save Heartland joke. There is actually some sort of character development and sequence in the song. First they hated each other and now Lucy and Dougie have combined their love of money. This musical symbolism is very well done, almost like a real old time musical.
    Not that this is really a bad bad, but did anyone else notice the raunch factor in this one? What kind of choreography is this? 'Oh let's run around the wax statue of the dead Sgt Pepper! Yeah! And Lucy, be sure and show you're underwear!' The singing and the song itself are catchy, but the bumping and grinding and rolling on the money are a bit too much for the kiddies.

    Earth, Wind, and Fire are billed as themselves here, performing Got To Get You Into My Life for Heartland's Benefit. They put on an expert show, but naturally they have to cut to the boys singing and clapping in the audience. It might be the quintessential sum up of how much the brothers hated making this movie. The looks on their faces are so God We don't want to be here!
    And no wonder with such classics as When I'm 64. Mustard kidnaps Strawberry and they ruin this great song. Burns' narration is so far gone, you want to pull the film back and rip him away from his little off camera microphone. I guess it depends on your mood, but most of the time I find the boys jumping in their Heartland Hot Air Balloon and magically changing into their aviator outfits totally stupid. I mean the way they look is just...cheese.

    And alas we meet the Future Villian Band for Come Together. Aerosmith's rendition is awesome, even if the idea of them turning Strawberry into `a mindless groupie' is really dumb. Besides she already is one! Again we get another hokey fight scene, but upon my first viewing, this was the one moment in the film I held my breath over. It looks really cool when Strawberry plummets to her death!

    Golden Slumbers and Carry That Wait relay the funeral scene well in theory. The songs fit, but Frampton's honest to goodness fake tears kind of kill it. I did enjoy seeing the bads line up for the funeral. Did they even know Strawberry? Again my Gibb-biased self must give props to the brothers' pouting close-ups. The silent interplay between them in this supposedly serious sequence is great. They pine during The Long and Winding Road while we are treated to another song lessened by Frampton. He roams Heartland reminiscing about his life with Strawberry -in flashback scenes that we didn't see the action of in the movie prior to this moment, but hey. What really bugs me is in the flashbacks there is a dog. What happened to the dog?!

    Barry gets his moment to shine with A Day in The Life. His voice here is the most Beatle-esque and only he could carry this tune the way it should be. The way he looks in the scenes and the flashbacks of when things were good with the band set the song off.

    Not that a film like this could possibly have a plausible ending, but Get Back delivers on the out and out hokey of the film. The Sgt Pepper weather vane mystically turns into the soul of Sgt Pepper-Billy Preston? He stops Billy Shears from killing himself, turns all the baddies into nuns, polishes up the boys' white suits, and brings Strawberry back to life. Yes that is what it says. I hope I didn't spoil it too much. 80)

    And thank God the Sgt Pepper Reprise signals the end of the film! Who are all those famous people appearing, anyway? I can name like ten of them on sight! That is sad on their part. Then again, the ladies will enjoy zooming in on the brothers' white suits. Trust me.
    I should also give some details about the movie itself. About how the Bee Gees didn't want to star with Peter Frampton in this horrible musical of Beatles tunes and that the bad box office sales ruined the RSO organization. However, all of this and that can't quite be explained until you actually see the movie. So go get the dvd! Um, I said now. ...more info
  • super retro return of the fantastic incompatibles!!
    No other recent musical movie tries unabashedly to put together so many incompatible and yet 'making sense' music bands.. this is the authentic 'kitch music' and very entertaining - the Gibbs vs. Aerosmith!!...more info
  • Hidden classic
    I had known that The Beatles made movies to go a long with some of their albums, like Help! and Yellow Submarine, but I had never heard of this one. My husband had seen it as a child and recently made me rent it and boy am I glad! This movie is amazing! We ended up purchasing it shortly after. It stars the Bee Gees and Peter Frampton with tons of special guest stars. This may sound strange, but their performances are amazing and they add a whole new dimension to the album. The whole movie seems to parallel The Beatles rise to fame and the sex, money and corruption that goes along with it. I think this movie is a classic and I would recommend it to anyone and everyone.
    ...more info
  • I love this movie!!!!
    I love this movie!!! This was one of my favorite movies as a kid. Seeing it again after all this time really took me back to when things were simple. The movie is pure, there is no violence, no profanity, or any of the junk they put in movies today, and the music is fabulous especially if you love the Bee Gees!!!...more info
  • Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
    I loved this as a 17 year old in 1979 and still love it. It's what got me into the Beatle's songs in the first place. It's slapstick but atleast it tells a story of what the songs might have been about in the first place. Love the CD also. I like how they have different singers singing the songs, they even integrated Aerosmith and Alice Cooper into the movie and CD. If you like the Bee Gees and Peter Frampton, then you'll like this! ...more info
  • Fantastic
    This is a clasic. If you like good music and want to remenber thr good old days, you must have it...more info
  • SGT. PEPPER'S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND
    This movie is kinda out dated, but it's still a good movie for the time it came out.
    I didn't know "Donald Pleasant" was in this movie, same guy that played in the "HALLOWEEN" series.
    This has alot of different stars I did know that was in this movie like "AEROSMITH","STEVE MARTIN" & "PETER FRAMPTON".
    Over all this a very well done movie as long as your old enough to remember when the movie came out.LOL
    I rate this movie a 9 from 1to10!!...more info
  • Save Your Money
    Sorry I love the bee gees music. but I just didn't dig this film man, this deserves the ultra bad razzie award. I remember see this at my friend's house and feeling like I ate something horrible and my gut ached. The first half with George burns as he narrates the story was interesting until they get into the singing with peter frampton personally somebody at universal should've told Robert stigwood to come back when they had a better script formed or just told him to walk away from this turkey project. That goes for the Bee Gees and Frampton and Steve martin yes wild and crazy guy Steve playing Maxwell edision and speaking not singing Maxwell 's silver hammer trying to be funny but it backfired it was horrible. I watched it again the other night I still had that feeling in gut not as bad but it was still there. The story was based on characters from the Beatles songs so it's a little wacky; I like what the story was trying to tell about love, peace and harmony. But the screenwriter messed it up and turned this great idea that could've been a really good film and made into first-rate fodder. That embarrassed and ruined for a time, some careers of Frampton and Bee Gees were on the side for decade because of this awful film. I don't think stigwood made another film because of it, its shame because of he was involved with so many good projects in the past, and this dud was his downfall. The only good sequences are a few which is a shame the lady that plays strawberry fields has got amazing voice and always fun to watch aerosmith playing villains....more info
  • I Love This Movie And I'm Glad That I Own The DVD!
    Okay, so this movie wouldn't win an Oscar but that doesn't stop me from enjoying the pure campy silliness of this weird but entertaining movie. I first saw this movie when I was a little girl and I really did enjoy it and wound up getting crushes on Peter Frampton and Maurice Gibb and later also Barry and Robin Gibb. The movie is like a weird disjointed dream but it's so much fun to watch and as a fan of The Beatles I love that they paid homage to The Beatles and used their songs in the movie. Though there are movies I liked when I was little that I have recently watched and I wound up hating them and saying why did I ever like This? I can't say that for Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band because I enjoyed it just as much now as when I was a little girl and I found myself smiling, laughing, singing along and just having a great time. Yes it would have been nice if the DVD had more extra features besides the original trailer and the previews for The Blues Brothers, The Wiz and Xanadu but I'm just happy the movie is on DVD and That I own it! I love this movie and it's trippy, campy 1970s film style. One reviewer seemed to be annoyed that people have called this movie campy, yeah maybe some people used campy in a negative way but not all of us, I think it's a good, fun highly entertaining campy movie and I highly recommend this wonderful widescreen DVD and the picture quality is pretty good showing off those bright 70s colors and that's pretty good considering the fact that the movie is almost 30 years old. If you love this movie and want to buy the DVD then go for it! I give this 5 stars for the shear fun of watching this delightful movie!...more info
  • For one of the worst movies of all time, it is a lot of fun.
    George Burns singing the Beatles... How can you not get a kick out of that?...more info
  • No Pep
    Entertainment industry impresario Robert Stigwood had an incredible winning formula for merging music with film in Saturday Night Fever and Grease. But there was also this movie that delivered a crippling financial blow to his international RSO empire.

    The 1978 musical starred a pair of Billboard chart monsters - Peter Frampton and the Bee Gees - in a thin story line that ties into the classic album of the same name by the Beatles. The last scene - "Our Guests at Heartland" - is the most fun, as it is a fitting tribute to the classic album cover and features an incredible cast that includes Tina Turner, George Harrison, Donovan, Linda McCartney and Heart.

    But to get to that point means to view director Michael Schultz pouring on the glitz, though nothing can ultimtately save the exploits of Frampton (Billy Shears) and the Gibb brothers from the incredibly weak script that centers on keeping the musical magic going in Heartland, U.S.A.

    ...more info
  • Yes, it's a very bad movie...still, I can't help but like it.
    I, too, was only ten years old when this movie was out. Even back then, I could see through the stupid attempts at a plotline. To cite just one example: the town of Heartland is in ruins, and "Strawberry Fields" (the girlfriend of the Frampton character, Billy Shears) decides to take the bus out to L.A. to track down the band and attempt to set things right. To dramatize her departure, we hear the song "She's Leaving Home", complete with her parents reading the note and crying "Daddy, our baby's gone! Why would she treat us so thoughtlessly?" Huh? They would easily have figured out why she took off. But the song is about a runaway, not about this character or her intentions. You see why even a child would find this incredibly dumb?

    But there is one thing, and only one thing, that makes this movie the least bit bearable, and that's the music of the Beatles. Much has been made of the fact that the Bee Gees and Peter Frampton are nowhere near as talented as John, Paul, George and Ringo, but when they sing "A Little Help From My Friends", or "Oh! Darling" or "A Day in the Life", their harmonies are undeniably beautiful. All three Brothers Gibb, plus Frampton, were in fact vocally capable of covering such great songs, and they did their best job at it.

    And, for better or worse, this film was my first exposure to many late-sixties Beatles songs, especially every song that first appeared on the "Abbey Road" LP. It was this movie that led me to discover a copy of Abbey Road right there in my big sister's record collection, and I've loved that album ever since. So I suppose I should thank Robert Stigwood, Frampton and the Bee Gees for that, if nothing else.

    Yes, Frankie Howerd's version of "When I'm 64" is pretty awful...among some other actors' attempts at singing, or talk-singing in Alice Cooper's silly Vincent Price imitation on "Because"...but the beauty of DVD technology is you can skip these numbers with the mere press of a button....more info
  • Embrace the Good Things of the Past
    I had not watched this film in like 28 years, but I remembered seeing it as a kid and liking it, so I bought the DVD last week. And I am very happy I did. The music and performances can still lift my soul as if it were only yesterday. The audience can easily feel the love and friendship between the characters. If you come away from the movie without having your heart strings tugged on, then I think you should follow the advice of "...get back to where you once belonged..." and remember what it was like to be young.

    Beatles' purists hate this film. Why? One, the Beatles do not perform in any of the songs. Two, the Beatles do not appear in any of the scenes. And three, this film is not surreal enough for Beatles' films/music videos enthusiasts. Actually, I remember being shocked after seeing the film in 1978 when my sister told me that all of the songs were remakes of Beatles' music. To my generation, the Beatles were a bit frightful. Of course we enjoyed their music, but at the time the Beatles were in their hippie phase, and hippies were scary to us. For example, you might go to the supermarket with your mommy and there would be a group of people who hadn't bathed all week, with bad breath and long hair, flashing you the peace sign. And then you would see similar people on TV yelling, screaming, and shaking their fists. It was a scary time to grow up in. Vietnam. Nixon. The oil crisis. The nation felt like it was falling apart. I think that's why there was such a rejection of this failed era, a backlash of normalcy in the 80s, by my generation. The only reason anything in that era is embraced now is because young people have no idea how terrible that time was.

    This film is one of the better things to come out of that time.
    ...more info
  • Best movie ever- my opinion
    I love this movie- absolutely! I've watched it ever since I was a kid and it only gets better as I age.
    I know, most people say it's cheesy and it is. But it has such a sweetness to it, and the music is fantastic. Plus, the cast is incredible! Aerosmith, The Bee Gees, Peter Frampton (with hair!), Alice Cooper, George Burns, Sandy Farina (where is she now?), and oodles of others!
    It's a simple movie that is fun to watch. C'mon- who didn't cry when Strawberry Fields died? Who didn't loath Aerosmith for accidently killing innocence? Who didn't cheer when innocence was brought back to life?
    I know the people who were in the movie said they regretted it and hated the movie, but there ARE people out there who love it and will always think of it as great cinema....more info
  • Sgt. Pepper's
    I saw the movie in the theater the day it came out, and I watched it last week for the 1st time since, and I got to say, I still like it! It brought up great childhood memories! Great family movie....more info

 

 
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