Give My Regards to Broad Street

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Give My Regards to Broad Street is a 1984 British musical drama produced by MPL Communications and distributed by 20th Century Fox. The film stars Paul McCartney, Bryan Brown, Ringo Starr, Barbara Bach and Linda McCartney, written by Paul McCartney, and directed by Peter Webb.

Why it Sucks

  • Weak and non-existent plot.
  • Two-dimensional characters with no character development.
  • Wooden acting.
  • The music and performance scenes take up most of the film and detract from the story, neither do they connect with the plot at all.
  • Stupidity of the characters: The whole premise of the film is that Paul McCartney lets Harry (Ian Hastings), an ex-convict and employee of his company, deliver the master tapes because he trusts him, who only ends up stealing them. Also, the master tapes are just found by McCartney laying outside on Broad Street with Harry nearby locked in a room because he thought it was a toilet.
  • The whole "It was all a dream" trope ending.

Redeeming Qualities

  • As mentioned above, whilst the music is more prominent than the film's plot, it was scored by Paul McCartney, some of the tracks his songs from the Beatles and Wings, which sounds great, with one song "No More Lonely Nights" nominated for both a Golden Globe and BAFTA.
  • An animated short called Rupert and the Frog Song based on the English comic strip Rupert Bear was featured before screenings of the film and was written, produced, scored and starred McCartney. The short was well-received and even won a BAFTA award.

Trivia

  • The warehouse alleyway seen in the movie where McCartney performs "Not Such A Bad Boy" and "No Values" is the same location where the Doctor Who serial Resurrection of the Daleks is set, which coincidentally was also released that same year as Give My Regards to Broad Street.

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