4.1/10
5,695
176 user 50 critic

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1978)

Trailer
2:53 | Trailer
Small town band hits it big, but they must battle a nefarious plot in the music industry.

Director:

Michael Schultz

Writers:

Henry Edwards, Tom O'Horgan (play) | 1 more credit »
Reviews
1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Xanadu (1980)
Fantasy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

A struggling artist living in Los Angeles meets a girl who may hold the key to his happiness.

Director: Robert Greenwald
Stars: Olivia Newton-John, Gene Kelly, Michael Beck
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Farce / Spoof Comedy President Nixon and V.P. Agnew , as if they were Laurel and Hardy . done in a black-out style, mainly just an excuse to present gags which allow Rich Little to do his Richard Nixon persona.

Director: Bob Einstein
Stars: Rich Little, Herb Voland, Diahn Williams
Comedy | Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Film noir parody with a detective uncovering a sinister plot. Characters from real noirs appear as scenes from various films are intercut.

Director: Carl Reiner
Stars: Steve Martin, Rachel Ward, Alan Ladd
Dear John (1988–1992)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

After his wife leaves him for his best friend, John Lacey joins the One Two One Club, a support group for divorced and widowed people. The group consists of its fiery British leader Louise,... See full summary »

Stars: Judd Hirsch, Jere Burns, Jane Carr
Tommy (1975)
Drama | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A psychosomatically deaf, dumb and blind boy becomes a master pinball player and, subsequently, the figurehead of a cult.

Director: Ken Russell
Stars: Roger Daltrey, Ann-Margret, Oliver Reed
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

The bounty hunter Nick is offered $250,000 by CIA to get the terrorist behind the bombing of an LA movie theater. Nick quit CIA - he couldn't trust them. Can they be trusted now and can he stop the terrorists before...?

Director: Gary Sherman
Stars: Rutger Hauer, Gene Simmons, Robert Guillaume
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

A thief, Quint, is hired by the Justice Department to steal incriminating tapes from a corrupt corporation. The tapes vanish when Quint hides them in the back of a hydrodynamic powered racing car that is stolen by a hot car ring.

Director: Harley Cokeliss
Stars: Tommy Lee Jones, Linda Hamilton, Robert Vaughn
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Set in the 1930s, an honest, goodhearted man is forced to turn to a life of crime to finance his neurotic mother's skyrocketing medical bills.

Director: Amy Heckerling
Stars: Michael Keaton, Joe Piscopo, Marilu Henner
Hot Stuff (1979)
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Three cops try to set up a sting by establishing their own Fencing operation. They have less than complete support from above and as they begin mingling more and more with the underworld ... See full summary »

Director: Dom DeLuise
Stars: Dom DeLuise, Suzanne Pleshette, Jerry Reed
The Tracey Ullman Show (1987–1990)
Comedy | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Tracey Ullman hosts a variety show containing sketches, song-and-dance routines, and The Simpsons.

Stars: Tracey Ullman, Dan Castellaneta, Sam McMurray
Comedy | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Bernie Cates requests the services of the most absent-minded waiter he's ever seen, who pours water before setting the glasses, endlessly repeats questions, brings wrong orders, and ruins everything- but the bill.

Director: Carl Gottlieb
Stars: Steve Martin, Buck Henry, Teri Garr
Gloria (1980)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

When a young boy's family is killed by the mob, their tough neighbor Gloria becomes his reluctant guardian. In possession of a book that the gangsters want, the pair go on the run in New York.

Director: John Cassavetes
Stars: Gena Rowlands, Buck Henry, Julie Carmen
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Frampton ... Billy Shears
Barry Gibb ... Mark Henderson
Robin Gibb ... Dave Henderson
Maurice Gibb ... Bob Henderson
Frankie Howerd ... Mr. Mustard
Paul Nicholas ... Dougie Shears
Donald Pleasence ... B.D. Hoffler
Sandy Farina ... Strawberry Fields
Dianne Steinberg Dianne Steinberg ... Lucy
Steve Martin ... Dr. Maxwell Edison
Aerosmith ... Future Villain Band (FVB)
Alice Cooper ... Marvin Sunk (the 'Sun King')
Earth Wind & Fire ... Earth, Wind & Fire
Billy Preston ... Sergeant Pepper
Stargard Stargard ... The Diamonds
Edit

Storyline

Ever since they were sent into World War I battle in 1918, Sergeant Pepper and his Lonely Hearts Club Band of Heartland, USA have been spreading the message of joy and love to the world, which has made them and Heartland famous. Upon Sergeant Pepper's death in 1958, the band's instruments have been housed on display at Heartland City Hall as symbols of that love and joy. Before his death, Sergeant Pepper asked his adolescent grandson Billy Shears to take on the reins of forming his own band to continue to spread the message of joy and love. With Billy's brother Dougie Shears as their Manager, Billy, now an adult, and his three best friends, brothers Mark, Dave, and Bob Henderson, embark on their lives as a new Lonely Hearts Club Band. They quickly come to the attention of Hollywood music producer B.D. Hoffler Of B.D. (Big Deal) Records. With the boys off to Hollywood to spread the words of joy and love to the world, enter into Heartland the evil and demented Mr. Mustard, an ex-real ... Written by Huggo

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Only their music could conquer the forces of evil See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 July 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$20,378,470

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$20,378,470
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo (35 mm prints)| 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Many actors, actresses, and singers turned down roles in the film, including Olivia Newton-John (Strawberry Fields), Donna Summer (Lucy), Elton John, Barry Manilow, Bob Hope (Mr. Kite), Doris Day (Mrs. Fields), and Rock Hudson (Mr. Fields). See more »

Goofs

While Earth Wind and Fire are performing, the trumpet player is holding his instrument in the air while you can hear a trumpet playing. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Kite: [over Strawberry Fields' funeral procession, right after "Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight"] ... The instruments were safely back in Heartland; but was it worth such a cost? Could anybody or anything make all well again, like it used to be in Heartland?
See more »

Crazy Credits

The old black-and-white Universal Studios logo with a biplane circling a globe is used at the start of the film with added animated explosions in color going off around it. See more »

Connections

Referenced in When Disco Ruled the World (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Because
Music and Lyrics by John Lennon and Paul McCartney
Performed by Alice Cooper, The Bee Gees
Produced by George Martin
By Arrangement with Northern Songs Limited
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »

User Reviews

A Guilty Pleasure
8 May 2004 | by angelaboykoSee all my reviews

In 1978, when I was 12 years old, we were living in Moscow, while my father was stationed at the Canadian Embassy. To escape the "fun" of living behind the Iron Curtain, we routinely took the Moscow-Helsinki express and travelled around Scandinavia. Our trip always ended at this huge department store in Helsinki, where we'd order all our non-perishable groceries until our next trip. My brother and I were allowed to purchase one record apiece to take back with us.

So one time, I picked up the soundtrack to this film. I don't think the movie had been released yet. Goodness knows, I didn't know that the movie was going to be a howler. All I know is that I loved the soundtrack. I listened to it over and over, and pored over the photographs on the album cover, trying to get a sense of the movie.

A few years later, I read "The Golden Turkey Awards" and then I started to realize how bad the movie was. I didn't get my chance to see it until 1997. Oh, it stunk! Cheese everywhere, from the awkward love story to the campy antics of the villain and his robots.

And yet, I watch it every time it comes on TV. Finally, I have the movie to go with the soundtrack. And let's face it - I love cheesy movies.


62 of 73 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 176 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series



Recently Viewed