Give My Regards to Broad Street

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Having written the music and screenplay for this film, Paul McCartney also plays himself in the leading role. When the sole copy of McCartney's latest album is misplaced, he must discover its whereabouts in less than 24 hours or else risk losing his recording company to the lowlife Mr. Rath John Bennett. McCartney performs three new songs, along with a number of classic Beatles' tunes.
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Having written the music and screenplay for this film, Paul McCartney also plays himself in the leading role. When the sole copy of McCartney's latest album is misplaced, he must discover its whereabouts in less than 24 hours or else risk losing his recording company to the lowlife Mr. Rath John Bennett. McCartney performs three new songs, along with a number of classic Beatles' tunes.
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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/14/1996
  • UPC: 086162144837
  • Original Release: 1984
  • Source: 20th Century Fox
  • Format: VHS

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
Nicholas Askew Teacup Child
Anthony Bates City Banker
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
David Easter Apache Dancer
Christopher Ellison Rath's Minder
Leonard Fenton Company Accountant
John Harding Ernest
John Harding Ernest
Philip Jackson Alan
Jon Ian Jacobs
John Murphy Wino
Louis Johnson
Trevor Jones Roadie
Richard Kane Record Company Executive
Mark Kingston Terry
Robert Longden Tape Operator
George Martin Producer
Amanda Redman Office Receptionist
Gordon Rollings Monster
John Salthouse Tome the Roadie
Leslie Sarony Gatekeeper
Gary Shail Apache Dancer
James Wynn Assistant Director
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
Daivd Toguri Choreography
Bruce White Musical Direction/Supervision, Sound/Sound Designer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Macca puts on a show

    In Give My Regards to Broad Street, Paul McCartney serves up a solid musical that features new standout compositions like the title track, No More Lonely Nights, as well as two rocking numbers, Not Such a Bad Boy and No Values. McCartney also revisits several Beatle chestnuts, including Eleanor Rigby, Yesterday, and For No One, and delivers excellent renditions of all. Paul also insisted on performing live for the musical sequences and not miming to a prerecorded soundtrack which is how they are typically done. This approach adds even more excitement to the performances. Check out Macca pumping out some serious bottom on the rollicking 'Bad Boy', or laying down a beautifully melodic bass line on the ballad So Bad while playing his classic Rickenbacker bass. You won't find many musicals that can top this one for entertainment value. Well worth it.

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  • Posted October 11, 2010

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    Unentertaining Paul McCartney Movie Falls Flat

    Upon its release, this movie was not well received by critics for a reason. "Give My Regards To Broad Street" is simply not that great. The plot revolves around the search for the missing master tapes to Paul McCartney's new album. If the tapes are not found by midnight, malicious-looking businessmen will take over McCartney's company. The search for these tapes is interrupted several times by musical sequences. During these squences, McCartney is joined by Ringo Starr and members of Wings, Pink Floyd, and Led Zeppelin. The acting is completely unconvincing and not even McCartney seems to want to find the lost tapes. This, of course, is not helped by the fact that the plotline itself is pretty weak. By the end, when you actually find out what happened to the tapes and the guy who was supposed to deliver them, you'll find that you wish that the tapes were not discovered in time and that the evil businessmen had prevailed. The original music from the film is not up to par with the rest of McCartney's solo work. Much of the soundtrack is made up of Beatles songs and previously released McCartney songs (Eleanor Rigby, Silly Love Songs, etc). This actually helps the movie, putting into consideration how awful the majority of the movie's original songs are. Overall, this movie is only entertaining if you are a hardcore McCartney fan or if you are amused to see how bad it can get at some points.


    (P.S. I gave this movie 2 stars in the "Funny" category because it is laughable.)

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Just another cheap movie

    Give my regards to broad street is just a bad movie. Bad music Terrible plot, and ABYSMAL sequences! Its basically PM prancing around, looking for the missing tapes while some unenjoyable music plays. Wubzy's big movie is better than this!

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