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Give My Regards to Broad Street

Paul McCartney , Bryan Brown , Peter Webb    PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
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Screenwriter/Star Paul McCartney creates a rousing musical fantasy about a pop singer/composer (McCartney) who discovers the master tapes of his new unreleased album have disappeared. If he doesn't locate them by midnight, businessmen will take over his company. Among the musical highlights are fourteen spectacularly staged McCartney tunes including Beatles classics "Yesterday," "Eleanor Rigby" and "Good Day Sunshine."

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2.0 out of 5 stars Glad to have it on DVD June 7 2004
It ain't the best movie ever made, but it ain't the worst.
Two big mistakes McCartney made with this project: 1) re-recording old songs (including a half-dozen Beatle tunes), instead of writing all new material (only three new songs were used) 2) writing the screenplay himself, instead of hiring an experienced screenwriter to flesh out his idea.
I can't think of a reason why a non-McCartney fan would want to watch this. If you are a fan, then there's worse ways to spend a couple hours. But really, it's hard to say anything specifically good about this movie. It's hard for me to believe that Macca never realized that the story was so under-developed and unimaginative. For such a creative person, he seems to have set out write the most boring story he could. That's why I consider it a mistake to use old songs-- he could've at least let the movie coast along on the strength of all new material.
I didn't see this in theaters 20 years ago. I can understand why people were so dissapointed. While there's nothing special about the film, it is far from the biggest disaster ever committed to celluloid.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Mediocre at best May 28 2004
It is absolutely absurd that anyone could truthfully rate this above 3 stars. "Concert for George", "The Godfather", "A Hard Days Night" those are 5 star films. Then think of all the other great classic films that may be 4 stars. You can't tell me with a straight face Broadstreet is even in the same country with those, let alone on the same street. I am so sick of all the Macca "over-raters" giving 5 stars for everything he does, whether it's garbage or not.
At the same time it is just as ridiculous to give this 1 star. The dreck that is "Lennon-the Messenger" or "Beatles Big Beat Box" are 1 star DVDs. Broadstreet is much better than those. The saving grace of this film is having Paul and Ringo together playing music, and in the beautiful fantasy dream segment. Those moments alone make this worth owning. The rest of the film is pretty tedious and embarrassing. The video transfer looks pretty nice, the audio though not 5.1 still sounds pretty good also. Too bad there were not better songs used for a lot of it. Bare bones packaging, no extras, but it doesn't cost much. Would it have killed them to add the "No More Lonely Nights" video? I don't think so...
Have it for your collection, and just use the track selection feature to watch it after the first time.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Macca's Career Mistake May 23 2004
obviously this shoould have been released to some MTV or HBO station when it was initially released and the'aura' surrounding the project (and the very serious damage it did to Maccas career) could have been avoided. this film would have killed the career of a lesser artist..as it was it took McCartney 5 years and a kick ass world tour to recover..sigh..anyways, as to the film..i recently watched it and was surprised at how enjoyable it was~ as long as you got over the dumb story and the wooden non acting..the script is dreadful yes(this is why people do re-writes) but truth be told I cannot stomach the HELP Fim at all..that is REAL GARBAGE...at least this film has mostly music whereas HELP has 5 songs and most of the footage is taken up with stupid extras running around chasing Ringos ring...YUCH...horrible!!!...oh and I must take offense with the writer who claimed Ringo "admirably" refused to take part of re-recording the Beatles tracks when he had just a few years before re-recorded YELLOW SUBMARINE and WITH A LITTLE HELP for his horrible OGNIR RATS tv special (also note that both those songs Paul wrote for him) anyways this movie was slammed at the time and yes it is a minor effort but the critical back lash had more to do with Macca's bad timing (after Lennon's murder he could do no right save for the TUG OF WAR lp)...two points here I would like to make..1. the golden voice is still sounding great and the tracks here were all recorded live(a real challenge on a film production) and 2. since we have a limited amoount of film footage from this peroid the song sequences are as good as can any rock video and this is how the film should be looked at..people expected more and while I admit I was angry when I first saw the film in a theater..(I would have been happier had ROCKSHOW had this kind of publicity buildup)..but now 20 years later I would watch this 5 times in a row before you could tie me down to sit through garbage like HELP.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Memo to the 'one star' wolf-pack: Let It Be! May 13 2004
In retrospect, it seems infamous big-budget flops like "Ishtar" and "Heaven's Gate" perhaps 'deserved' all the merciless attacks. However,it remains puzzling why the lynch-mob fervor to rip apart Paul McCartney's comparatively small, independent feature "Give My Regards To Broad Street" seems to continue unabated 20 years after its release. If this tuneful, good-natured post card from McCartney to his fans offends you, then you walked into the wrong multiplex, because this film was not made for you. Sure, it's a vanity project, but that has become a rather hackneyed criticism. Doesn't anyone remember another "vanity project" from another rock star that was also released around the same time- "Purple Rain"? Can you say that movie (entertaining as it was) had any more of a "plot" than "Broad Street"? For that matter, how about ANY Elvis movie ever made-any 'plot' points were just lead-ins to the musical numbers, which is all the fans really were paying to see. At any rate, McCartney fans will love the music, which is plentiful. McCartney has some real top flight players backing him up, with appearances from Dave Edmunds, Chris Spedding, John-Paul Jones, Eric Stewart (of 10cc) and an off-camera David Gilmour, who contributed that memorably soaring guitar solo on "No More Lonely Nights". Oh yeah, and some funny looking bloke named Ringo plays drums. DVD notes: No extras, but excellent picture transfer and crisp audio.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love this film!!!
Love this film!!! Just what I ordered and all that I remembered it to be!! Great sound track!!
Most talented musician!!
Published 5 months ago by Janet Hiltz
5.0 out of 5 stars Give My Regards to Broad Street
Had an older copy but lost it. This DVD was crystal clear, excellent sound and a pleasure to watch. Read more
Published 9 months ago by TR6
4.0 out of 5 stars Terribly Under-rated
Even if viewed solely as a collection of Macca music videos just strung together it is a fantastic product. Sure the story is goofy and generic , but who cares? Read more
Published 11 months ago by Bootsy Bass
2.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing film
This is the worst film I have seen in a long time and I am a lifelong fan of Paul McCartney. What a waste of so much talent, so many great actors and musicians. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Freda McDermott
4.0 out of 5 stars Great music.
Not too much of a story line, but I didn't buy it for the story. The music is excellent and worth the cost.
Published 14 months ago by Reader21
4.0 out of 5 stars Anything by a Beatle is great!
I liked it better after I watched it twice. The music was great! The plot was a little slow I thought.
Published 16 months ago by Brenda Letcher
4.0 out of 5 stars Give My Regards to Broad Street
This is a must have for Paul McCartney fans. The story line is thin but really it is all about the music and the music is fantastic. Read more
Published on Oct. 11 2011 by John Leschinski
1.0 out of 5 stars Amazing misstep
In this odd and very bad movie, we see Paul McCartney as he goes about an average day of appointments, all the time trying to find the missing and irreplaceable master tapes for... Read more
Published on Aug. 25 2010 by Kona
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't Beat the Music!
There are at least 10 scenes in this movie that can stand on their own as great music videos. In this movie, you get them all plus more. Read more
Published on Aug. 2 2010 by xanadu
4.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars for pure fun, but...
Non Spoiler Review:

A thoroughly enjoyable movie for a number of reasons. There are fun intentional gags in the style of the Beatle's Help. Read more
Published on Feb. 1 2010 by Wendy E. Stevens
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