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Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band will attract some grown-up flower children of the 1960s who will soon find the Michael Schultz film to be a totally bubblegum and cotton candy melange of garish fantasy and narcissism. The production crams nearly 30 songs, largely by The Beatles, into newly-recorded versions tailored for stars Peter Frampton and The Bee Gees.

Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band will attract some grown-up flower children of the 1960s who will soon find the Michael Schultz film to be a totally bubblegum and cotton candy melange of garish fantasy and narcissism. The production crams nearly 30 songs, largely by The Beatles, into newly-recorded versions tailored for stars Peter Frampton and The Bee Gees.

Plot has Frampton as the grandson of the earlier Sgt Pepper who carries on the family band tradition with a modern-sound in partnership with The Bee Gees. Story introduces a lot of freakish characters out to steal the band’s instruments which, somehow, make Heartland, USA, a dream of a small town. They don’t succeed, though there’s enough teeny-bopper-teasing naughtiness to amuse and thrill the target audience. Donald Pleasence, one of the heavies, plays a music biz wizard whose fictional trademark is that of producer Robert Stigwood’s organization.

Near the end of the 111-minute film, when all wrongs have been righted, there’s a celebrity olio in which many familiar names appear to be singing happily. The sound of this isn’t any more lifelike than much of the preceding singing.

Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

  • Production: Universal. Director Michael Schultz; Producer Robert Stigwood; Screenplay Henry Edwards; Camera Owen Roizman; Editor Christopher Holmes; Art Director Brian Eatwell
  • Crew: (Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1978. Running time: 111 MIN.
  • With: Peter Frampton Barry Gibb Robin Gibb Maurice Gibb Frankie Howerd Paul Nicholas
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