Give My Regards To Broad Street

1984, Movie, PG, 108 mins


With a screenplay and music by McCartney, this $9-million "star vehicle" portrays the millionaire ex-Beatle as a millionaire ex-Beatle, musician, composer, and recording company executive. McCartney's firm has misplaced the only copy of a tape of his latest work. Bennett, a gangster who has been quietly buying up stock in the business, gives McCartney just 14 hours to find the missing master tape ... or else. Everyone around believes the tape has been nabbed by Hastings, an ex-con whom McCartney hired and who hasn't failed the boss yet. When Hastings' weepy wife (Ullman) doesn't know where he is, McCartney's trust seems misplaced at best. All long, winding roads lead to the Broad Street station of the London Underground, however, where Hastings and the tape have been trapped. What's more, it was all just a dream. Whew! The acting here is weaker than the slender story, but intermingled with all the silliness are some fine performances of McCartney-Beatle standards as well as three new songs. Some of these are no more interesting than the average music video (not surprising, given director Webb's background as a maker of commercials). There is a nicely staged production number to "Ballroom Dancing," however, and some interesting documentarylike footage of the recording process, including a sequence in which McCartney works with longtime Beatle producer George Martin. Perhaps the film's most intriguing scene, though, is the one in which McCartney actually busking in London's Leicester Square. Among those who appear in the film are McCartney's wife Linda, Starr, Starr's wife Bach, and Australian actor Brown; rockers Edmunds, Spedding, and Gilmour; and Richardson, in a sadly undistinguished final film appearance. leave a comment

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