The great grand-daddy of music mockumentaries, preceding THIS IS SPINAL TAP (1984) by six years, this made-for-television film conceived, written, co-directed by and co-starring Monty Python
alumnus Eric Idle charts the rise and fall of the "Pre-Fab Four," known to their adoring fans as The Rutles. The film grew out of Idle's mid-1970s BBC-TV series Rutland Weekend Television
, which featured fictional rockers The Rutland Stones, and was executive produced by Saturday Night Live
creator Lorne Michaels. The film follows faux-Beatles Dirk McQuickly (Idle), Barry Wom (John Halsey), Stig O'Hara (Rikki Fataar) and and Ron Nasty (musical parodist Beil I...