Give My Regards to Broad Street Reviews
From this moment forth.
Because we can.
The plot is irrelevant, but has to do with McCartney looking for a sketchy-past-but-still-good-heartedpal who went missing with the master tapes of his new record. There's a race against the clock element, as we have until midnight before some ominously suited/sunglassed group win some unspecified monetary gain from the tapes' loss.
No one acts. No one directs. Although someone dreamed up some useless turn of the cuntury fantasy sequence. And Tracy Ullmann shows up to pout over the missing lackey. Ringo shows up to see how well he can hide his coke habit. But no reason to watch this. Nor listen to the soundtrack.
Under the musical supervision of George Martin, Paul McCartney invited top rock musicians from Pink Floyd and Led Zepplin to join him and Ringo Starr (now 70) in the film's musical numbers.
While a flimsy plot, the film does include 14 well staged McCartney tunes including Beatles classics Yesterday, Eleanor Rigby and Good Day Sunshine. Starring McCartney, his wife Linda, Ringo Starr and his wife Barbara Bach, as well as Bryan Brown, Ralph Richardson, and Tracey Ullman, the film details a day in the life of McCartney
I hoped for so much when I bought this on vhs cassette, but it failed big time. I couldn't watch it to the end.
1.) After a sensational media build-up, the film- with its less-than-exciting plot- was ravaged by critics upon its November unveiling and Give My Regards to Broad Street ended up as one of 1984's most notable cinematic FLOPS.
2.) Despite the film being a flop, "No More Lonely Nights" was nominated for a Golden Globe Award and a BAFTA Film Award for Best Original Song-Motion Picture.
Directed by Peter Webb
Produced by Andros Epaminondas
Written by Paul McCartney
Music by Paul McCartney
Distributed by Twentieth Century Fox
Release date(s) 23 October 1984 (USA)
Running time 108 min.
Give My Regards To Broad Street has a similar premise to A Hard Day's Night, minus two of the Beatles and all the charm and wit A Hard Day's Night has. The story stars a well off musician (Paul McCartney) as he learns the master tapes to his newest album have been stolen by a worker with a seedy past. He must get these tapes back before midnight (seriously, it's always midnight in these movies) or all buisness interests are turned over to a big evil record company. The movie is less about finding the tapes and more a day in the life of Paul McCartney during the 1980's. And boy, must it be boring!
I really think Paul McCartney thinks he can get away with everything, it's the only answer to this movie's creation. The plot of the movie is a thinly made excuse to showcase McCartney's songs, and even most of the songs are only mediocre. The only two stand out sections for me are the "Silly Love Songs" and "Eleanor Rigby" sections, mainly for the visuals. The characters are given little to work with, with Paul receiving the most of the dialogue and Linda, Barbara, and even poor Ringo mostly wandering around the sets, with lines that sound ad-libbed (poor Ringo, can't you win? Even in a movie made by another Beatle, your talents are squandered. Sigh.)
Overall, Give My Regards to Broad Street is a boring and unnecessary film that even the biggest Paul McCartney fans shouldn't watch. In the words of other critics, "Skip the movie, but certainly listen to the sound track." It's the only redeemable part of the movie. (Real rating: 44%)
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