Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band


Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band Review

No, this isn't a Beatles film like A Hard Day's Night, released in conjunction with the eponymous album and telling a vague sort of story. Rather, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band came out 11 years after the seminal Beatles record. And it doesn't star the Beatles. In fact, it's one of the most bizarre films ever made, with the Bee Gees (who have no dialogue) appearing as the titular band, who acts through a series of vignettes based on songs that appear on the titular record (and some off of Abbey Road, too). Story-wise, there's really not much here -- basically it's about a small band's rise to fame and subsequent fight against the evil, corporate music business. And I mean basically. Really it's excuse to hear Beatles covers from the Brothers Gibb, Peter Frampton, Sandy Farina, Aerosmith (who pioneered their "Come Together" version here), Steve Martin(!), and George Burns(!!), who narrates the proceedings. And the music is really good, too. Never mind the "story."
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

Facts and Figures

Run time: 113 mins

In Theaters: Monday 24th July 1978

Budget: $18M

Distributed by: Universal Pictures

Production compaines: NF Geria II Filmgesellschaft m.b.H., Robert Stigwood Organization (RSO)

Reviews 3 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 15%
Fresh: 3 Rotten: 17

IMDB: 3.8 / 10

Cast & Crew



Starring: as Billy Shears, as Mark Henderson, as Dave Henderson, Maurice Gibb as Bob Henderson, as Dougie Shears, as Mr. Mustard, Sandy Farina as Strawberry Fields, as B.D. Hoffler, Dianne Steinberg as Lucy, as Dr. Maxwell Edison, as Future Villain Band (FVB), Earth Wind & Fire as Themselves, as Marvin Sunk (the 'Sun King'), as Sergeant Pepper, Stargard as The Diamonds, as Mr. Kite, as Our Guests at Heartland, Malcolm John Rebennack, Jr. as Our Guests at Heartland, as Our Guests at Heartland, as Our Guests at Heartland

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