Give My Regards to Broad Street

Give My Regards to Broad Street

3.3 3
Director: Peter Webb

Cast: Paul McCartney, Bryan Brown, Ringo Starr

     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

While the film is not a disaster on the level of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, the Paul McCartney-scripted vanity project Give My Regards to Broad Street is certainly one of the lesser films associated with any of the Beatles. The film gets its first DVD release from 20th Century Fox presented in a pair of transfers. The widescreen anamorphicSee more details below

Overview

While the film is not a disaster on the level of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, the Paul McCartney-scripted vanity project Give My Regards to Broad Street is certainly one of the lesser films associated with any of the Beatles. The film gets its first DVD release from 20th Century Fox presented in a pair of transfers. The widescreen anamorphic transfer preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1, and is preferable to that standard full-frame image. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 4.0 Surround, while French and Spanish soundtracks have been recorded in Mono. English and Spanish subtitles are accessible. The special features are limited to a pair of trailers, one seen domestically and the other internationally. Beatlemaniacs will appreciate having this disc available to them, but there is little here for the average fan.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Dan Friedman
In his post-Beatles years, Paul McCartney has on occasion elicited cries from his loyal fans along the lines of "What were you thinking?" Give My Regards to Broad Street was one such instance, although in retrospect, it stands up slightly better than it once did. Just from reviewing the cast list, one should be impressed. Tracey Ullman, Bryan Brown, and Sir Ralph Richardson are all featured, as is some guy named Ringo. You have to try pretty hard to make talent like that uninteresting. Also, one would think that simply being one of the most famous men on the planet is not enough by itself to carry the movie. Having written the screenplay as well as starring, McCartney could certainly be accused of possessing an out-of-control ego. However, there are more redeemable qualities in this film than most might think. To wit, the man's personal aura simply cannot be overcome by such trivial matters as plot and character. Flimsy as they are, what stands out most is, naturally, the music. In what is still unheard of today, all of it was performed live for the camera. Not only is this expensive and probably what ate into the budget for the previously mentioned plot and character, but it's also very, very hard to do. And yet, aside from some reasonably strong new material, the film presented classic Beatle songs either recorded with new arrangements or "performed" for the first time anywhere. The music sequences, which really amount to nothing more than a strung-together collection of fancy music videos, are done exceedingly well. It's when the film tries to turn into a more modern version of A Hard Day's Night or Help! that it breaks down. It's ultimately unsatisfying, unless you read a book when there's no music emanating from the screen.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/20/2004
UPC:
0024543113706
Original Release:
1984
Rating:
NR
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Mono, Dolby Digital Surround]
Time:
1:48:00
Sales rank:
22,699

Special Features

Closed Caption; Trailers

Related Subjects

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Paul McCartney Himself
Bryan Brown Steve
Ringo Starr Ringo
Barbara Bach Journalist
Linda McCartney Linda
Tracey Ullman Sandra
Ralph Richardson Jim
Ian Hastings Harry
John Bennett Mr. Rath
Anthony Brown Police Inspector
Ruby Buchanan Bag Lady
John Burgess Chauffeur
Jeremy Child Record Company Executive
Donald Douglas Police Detective
Frank Duncan William
Christopher Ellison Rath's Minder
Leonard Fenton Company Accountant
John Harding Ernest
Philip Jackson Alan
Jon Ian Jacobs Actor
Trevor Jones Roadie
Richard Kane Record Company Executive
Mark Kingston Terry
Robert Longden Tape Operator
George Martin Producer
John Murphy Wino
Amanda Redman Office Receptionist
Gordon Rollings Monster
John Salthouse Tome the Roadie
Leslie Sarony Gatekeeper
David Easter Apache Dancer
Anthony Bates City Banker
James Wynn Assistant Director
Nicholas Askew Teacup Child
Gary Shail Apache Dancer
Louis Johnson Actor

Technical Credits
Peter Webb Director
Milena Canonero Costumes/Costume Designer
Andros Epaminondas Producer
Peter Manley Associate Producer
George Martin Musical Direction/Supervision
Paul McCartney Score Composer,Songwriter,Screenwriter
Stephenie McMillan Set Decoration/Design
Ian Mc Millan Cinematographer
Anthony Pratt Production Designer
Selwyn Roberts Asst. Director
Adrian Smith Art Director
David Toguri Choreography
Bruce White Musical Direction/Supervision,Sound/Sound Designer

Read More

Scene Index

Side #1 -- Widescreen
1. Main Titles/Traffic Jam
2. Good Day Sunshine
3. Bad News
4. Recording Studio
6. Here, There and Everywhere
5. Yesterday
7. Wanderlust
8. Old Friends and New
9. Ballroom Dancing
10. Studio Lunch
11. Silly Love Songs
12. The Chase
13. Not Such a Bad Boy
14. So Bad
15. No Values
16. Big Bob
17. Where's Harry?
18. The Beeb
19. For No-One
20. Eleanor Rigby/Eleanor's Dream
21. Ancient Wisdom
22. The Long and Winding Road
23. The Midnight Hour
24. Success!
Side #2 -- Fullscreen
1. Main Titles/Traffic Jam
2. Good Day Sunshine
3. Bad News
5. Yesterday
4. Recording Studio
6. Here, There and Everywhere
8. Old Friends and New
7. Wanderlust
9. Ballroom Dancing
10. Studio Lunch
11. Silly Love Songs
12. The Chase
13. Not Such a Bad Boy
14. So Bad
15. No Values
16. Big Bob
17. Where's Harry?
18. The Beeb
19. For No-One
20. Eleanor Rigby/Eleanor's Dream
21. Ancient Wisdom
22. The Long and Winding Road
23. The Midnight Hour
24. Success!

Read More

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >