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The Linda McCartney Story (2000)

A dramatization of the life of Linda McCartney. In her early years snapping photos for Rolling Stone magazine and rubbing elbows with much of Hollywood's Elite. The story follows her ... See full summary »

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Armand Mastroianni

Writer:

Christine Berardo (teleplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Elizabeth Mitchell ... Linda McCartney
Gary Bakewell ... Paul McCartney
David Lewis ... Danny Field
Nicole Oliver
Tim Piper Tim Piper ... John Lennon
Matthew Harrison ... Mick Jagger
Aaron Grain ... Jim Morrison
Jenafor Ryane Jenafor Ryane
Moya O'Connell Moya O'Connell ... Heather McCartney
Alexander Ruurs Alexander Ruurs ... James McCartney
Michelle Skalnik Michelle Skalnik
George Segal ... Lee Eastman
Chris Cound Chris Cound ... George Harrison
Michael McMurtry ... Ringo Starr
Jane Sowerby Jane Sowerby ... Chrissy Hynde
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A dramatization of the life of Linda McCartney. In her early years snapping photos for Rolling Stone magazine and rubbing elbows with much of Hollywood's Elite. The story follows her meeting and falling in love with Paul McCartney, their marriage and what follows.

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Language:

English

Release Date:

21 May 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

L'histoire de Linda McCartney See more »

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Stereo

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

When the Beatles are arguing over who will manage them, John, George, and Ringo refer to the agent they want to hire as "Bruce Grossman". In real life, the agent's name was Allen Klein. See more »

Goofs

During a phone conversation there are two voices saying roughly the same lines, obviously one is the script prompter feeding the lines to the person on the phone. See more »

Quotes

Linda McCartney: Mick Jagger said he'd never have his old lady on stage.
Paul McCartney: Yeah, well screw him!
Linda McCartney: I already have.
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Connections

Edited from Working Girl (1988) See more »

Soundtracks

Please, please me
Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney
Performed by The "Fab Four: The Ultimate Tribute"
(Ron McNeil, Rolo Sandoval, Michael Amador and Ardy Sarraf)
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Much better than average TV-movie.
22 May 2000 | by Hermit C-2See all my reviews

To me, most TV-movies seem like they are made by the same production company, with all the elements shoved into a big blender and the results poured into various standard molds. They may look a little different, but the taste is usually bland and generic. Over the past couple of years, several TV flicks with a rock & roll theme have been especially disappointing. Happily, 'The Linda McCartney Story' is not one of them.

This movie about a well-known contemporary love story manages to be effective and moving without being overly sentimental and cloying. Elizabeth Mitchell does a decent job in the title role. She's not a double for the real Linda, but that's OK, and she's always believable. Gary Bakewell, on the other hand, does look a lot like Paul McCartney (he played him in the excellent movie 'Backbeat') and he does a thoroughly convincing job. Most of the real-life characters portrayed here resemble their counterparts, but the thrust of the movie is on the story rather than slavishly recreating the look of any particular time period.

The movie wisely concentrates on the couple's relationship and doesn't spend a lot of time trying to duplicate the music of the Beatles and Wings. Its greatest success may be its pacing, as it is able to crowd thirty years of story into a little over and hour and a half, giving attention to most of the important events in Paul and Linda's lives without making the film fell too rushed. All in all this is a good movie for fans of the McCartneys and one that more casual observers might be interested in.

One other note: Allen Klein, the Beatles' ex-business manager, must still cast a mighty fearsome shadow. He's never depicted on camera in this film and is referred to as "Bruce Grossman."


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