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Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1978)

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Small town band hits it big, but they must battle a nefarious plot in the music industry.

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Michael Schultz

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Henry Edwards, Tom O'Horgan (play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Frampton ... Billy Shears
Barry Gibb ... Mark Henderson
Robin Gibb ... Dave Henderson
Maurice Gibb ... Bob Henderson
Frankie Howerd ... Mr. Mustard
Paul Nicholas ... Dougie Shears
Donald Pleasence ... B.D. Hoffler
Sandy Farina ... Strawberry Fields
Dianne Steinberg Dianne Steinberg ... Lucy
Steve Martin ... Dr. Maxwell Edison
Aerosmith ... Future Villain Band (FVB)
Alice Cooper ... Marvin Sunk (the 'Sun King')
Earth Wind & Fire ... Earth, Wind & Fire
Billy Preston ... Sergeant Pepper
Stargard Stargard ... The Diamonds
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Storyline

Ever since they were sent into World War I battle in 1918, Sergeant Pepper and his Lonely Hearts Club Band of Heartland, USA have been spreading the message of joy and love to the world, which has made them and Heartland famous. Upon Sergeant Pepper's death in 1958, the band's instruments have been housed on display at Heartland City Hall as symbols of that love and joy. Before his death, Sergeant Pepper asked his adolescent grandson Billy Shears to take on the reins of forming his own band to continue to spread the message of joy and love. With Billy's brother Dougie Shears as their Manager, Billy, now an adult, and his three best friends, brothers Mark, Dave, and Bob Henderson, embark on their lives as a new Lonely Hearts Club Band. They quickly come to the attention of Hollywood music producer B.D. Hoffler Of B.D. (Big Deal) Records. With the boys off to Hollywood to spread the words of joy and love to the world, enter into Heartland the evil and demented Mr. Mustard, an ex-real ... Written by Huggo

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A splendid time is guaranteed for all. See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 July 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Banda de los corazones See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$20,378,470
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo (35 mm prints)| 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The Bee Gees cited their involvement with this film for their declining popularity. Some of the most vicious criticism of the soundtrack was levelled at them, and it hurt to be labelled "Beatles imitators," a tag that had been with them since the 1960s. At the time, they were also battling drug addiction, and the environment of making the film and its soundtrack did not help. Maurice Gibb was shocked to see crew members carrying around bags of cocaine. Robin Gibb spent much of this period unable to sleep without taking barbiturates. See more »

Goofs

When Billy Preston as Sgt. Pepper descends from the top of City Hall he knocks down a large banner reading "Sold by Mustard Realty." But by the time he lands, the banner has disappeared. See more »


Soundtracks

The Long And Winding Road
Music and Lyrics by John Lennon and Paul McCartney
Performed by Peter Frampton
Produced by George Martin
By Arrangement with Northern Songs Limited
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Even a Train Wreck Can Be Entertaining
11 December 2005 | by masercotSee all my reviews

I saw this movie three times as a teenager. This was before I had listened to the Beatles very much. I loved the movie and I even owned the soundtrack.

At forty-four, I have heard the Beatles, seen the fall of the BeeGees and seen the stubborn persistence of an almost geriatric Aerosmith. They are indeed the "Future Villain Band".

Love the Beatles? You will hate this movie. Interested in a simpler time when the hair of rock stars sits in a quiet mass atop the head as if waiting to attack (check out Barry Gibb...or is it Maurice?)? Interested in hearing music that you grew up with and loved torn to pieces by dupes of producers that no longer cared if what they made was good...only profitable? Then, this is the movie for you as well...

Songs done well: Come Together, Got to Get You into My Life, Strawberry Fields and I'll Never Do You No Harm...

Songs that didn't stink: Lucy in the Sky, You never Give me Your Money and A Day in the Life...

Songs that were killed and the corpses urinated upon: When I'm Sixty-four, Fixing a Hole, Mister Mustard and Because...


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