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The Compleat Beatles (1982)

The history of the great British rock band.

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Patrick Montgomery

Writer:

David Silver
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Malcolm McDowell ... Narrator (voice)
Gerry Marsden Gerry Marsden ... Himself - Gerry and the Pacemakers
Allan Williams Allan Williams ... Himself - Beatles' First Manager
Bill Harry Bill Harry ... Himself - Editor: Mersey Beat
Tony Sheridan Tony Sheridan ... Himself
Horst Fascher Horst Fascher ... Himself - Manager: Star Club, Hamburg
Billy J. Kramer Billy J. Kramer ... Himself
Bob Wooler Bob Wooler ... Himself - DJ: Cavern Club
George Martin ... Himself - Record Producer
Nicholas Schaffner Nicholas Schaffner ... Himself - Author, The Beatles Forever
Milton Okun Milton Okun ... Himself - Record Producer-Arranger
Bruce Johnston ... Himself - The Beach Boys
Lenny Kaye Lenny Kaye ... Himself - Guitarist
Wilfred Mellers Wilfred Mellers ... Himself - Musicologist
Marianne Faithfull ... Herself
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A documented account of the life and career of the Fab Four, from their early years in Liverpool to their breakup, featuring rare interview and concert footage. Written by Hiphats

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

October 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Beatlesi See more »

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Delilah Films See more »
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Stereo

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Paul McCartney bought the rights to this film and removed it from circulation, presumably so that it wouldn't compete with the Beatles official Beatles Anthology documentary. See more »

Goofs

When they were told about the cartoon movie, Yellow Submarine, the narration states that the only thing the Beatles knew about the cartoon animation was that it was being done by the people that made "The Flintstones," a Hanna-Barbera Production.

Yellow Submarine was produced by Al Brodax and King Features Syndicate. See more »

Connections

References Yellow Submarine (1968) See more »

Soundtracks

Rock Island Line
Performed by Eddie Dixon
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An Outstanding Documentary Film
21 January 2008 | by bigginjpSee all my reviews

The Compleat Beatles is absolutely one of the best documentaries I have ever seen on any subject. Everything is done perfectly from the content and pace to the combination of music and visuals, and the writing and narration are outstanding. I can think of only two complaints: One, the quality of some of the post-Beatles interview footage looks exceptionally dated, and two, it's not (yet?) available in DVD. Unlike the Beatles Anthology this work lacks interviews with the Beatles themselves, other than newsreel footage and the like, but rather than a negative this adds to the impact of the film and to the mystique of the Beatles. While Anthology may be more filling with its abundance of information and first-hand stories, this is a much sweeter treat.


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