Friday, 22 December 2017

Beatles references in movies

In the previous posts from the SgtPepperChannel blog we have covered Beatles references in songs and cartoons TV series and today we will look at the cinema and TV films with references to the Beatles as well as any music featuring Beatles songs (covers included).

I have to admit that collecting these 200 (and over) references was almost an impossible task.
All the forums I consulted reported references without giving much explanation, nor whether it was a reference in the dialogue, either a song played during the credits or something that, whoever commented it, considered it a reference (people often make abstract considerations). Also, I have encountered a lot mistakes that wasted my time; and to make it worst Google places most of these blogs atop of the search; because of this as well as all the wrong mentions I got in the comments of the first YouTube collection, the realization of the second collection has been an extremely complicated job to complete.

Luckily the SgtPepperChannel is here to wipe away all those useless forums and replace them all  with this one: an accurate straight-to-the-point citation for each reference. No "bla bla bla" !
Before we start I need to point out two very important things:
1) Paul McCartney was a Beatles and the fact that he played with Wings doesn't change his status, so, if you hear songs from Wings do not be confused, just listen to the song and get on with your life.
I couldn't help noticing a certain level of hate in the comments regarding Wings songs. Of course none of the cowards that commented replied to my question: "What about John Lennon's "Beautiful Boy"? That's NO BEATLES either, and it came much earlier than Wings. Were you sleeping ?"
2) This is a movie collection ... not cartoons ... there's a video + blog for that. However, feel free to suggest any cartoon reference if you know any, just, please do not say: "you forgot ...", it sounds rude.


Video 1 - Movie list:

To be filled ...

SECOND MOVIE COLLECTION (another 100 clips)

Video 2 - Movie list in order of appearance :

Jimi: All by my side
My dinner with Jimi
The bank Job
Living is easy with eyes closed
National Lampooon's Vegas vacation
Angels of the universe
Breakfast club
Eight days a week
The big Lebowski
In Bruges
Love & Mercy
Now you see me 2
Little Manhattan
Father's day
Velvet goldmine
Brassed off
What a beautiful day
The million dollars hotel
Flash Gordon
To sir with love
Beverly Hills cop
Prick up your ears
Project Alf
Guns for hire
Ironman 3
Jersey boys
Rocky (
Sam's comics
The circle
Helter Skelter
Winning London
Wrongfully accused
Grand Canyon
Mr.Popper's penguins
Fear and loathing in Las Vegas
Sausage party
Noel's fantastic trip
Happy feet
Mr Peabody & Sherman
Shrek 2
The point
Cloudy with a chance of meatball 2
El topo* (Sorry, this is a mistake !)
Twist and shout
Guardians of the galaxy vol.2
Helter Skelter (1976)
Norwegian wood
A bronx tale
Licence to drive (
American Gangster
A minute of silence
Coming home
Dinner for Shmucks
Evan almighty
I know what yo did last summer
Ghost Town
My girl 2
Miracle from Heaven
Sucker punch
The cat in the hat
The world according to Garp
Withnail and I
Across the universe
The killing fields
While we're young
The family way
The Magic Christian
Nuns on the run
Grosse point blank
Kubo and the two strings
Ethel and Ernest
Spies like us
Everybody's fine
Children of men
American beauty
Five corners
Time bandits
Lethal weapon 2
The strawberry statement
The out of towners
The Lennon report
The killing of John Lennon
Chapter 27
Turn me on, dead man
A pistol for Ringo
The return of Ringo
Ringo and his golden pistol
Various "Ringo" shortfilm
The Incredibles
Jonas Brothers
Lego Ninjago
Finding Nemo
Almost famous
Beatles (2014)
Can't buy me love
Pulp fiction
The Fifth Beatle

I have to admit that I found a lot of suggestions in the comments as well as corrections: there are two mistakes in the second video collection. One is just an editing mistake: the title at minute 36:27 should be “Licence to drive” and not “Prick up your ears”.

*The second mistake is the whole reference for the Mexican movie El Topo at minute 30:35, that clip is a (failed) sync experiment from a Youtuber called David Plate. That clip was saved and forgotten in my hard drive for years. The film received some financial support from John Lennon and was distributed across the United States through ABKCO Films, owned by Allen Klein. And that's the only Beatles connection I can make. I can’t tell if at the time the video description said it was an experiment, I probably should have suspected it. I apology about it.

Please note that this video is made with zero budget, that means the clips I used are the clips I found, some are not in English language, if my search didn't produced any better results is because I had to move on and search for other videos.


First full movie I want to share with you is the second listed on the second collection: My Dinner With Jimi, a 2003 comedy film about the Turtles visit to UK in 1967.

Here's just the scenes from My Dinner With Jimi featuring the Beatles compiled into one video.

The other Jimi Hendrix film featured in this collection is All By My Side here the scene of the movie where the Experience play Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band in front of the Beatles and the real live scene from 1967 (watch both clips for comparison).

A very particular recent good fictional shortfilm called Snodgrass. It was produced a series of episodes for Sky One in 2013, but it stopped at the pilot episode. Probably the director exaggerated with the drama in the story and the excessive strong scouse accent given to John Lennon's actor makes it not so appealing for non-Beatles fans.
The video is available on YouTube, but I will share another upload since the first uploader keeps on modify the title in the video, often attributing things that has nothing to do with it (at some point it was titled "if John Lennon died in 1962").

And the other shortfilm from this collection that deserves its own spotlight is Turn Me On Dead Man, a 2009 Paul is dead parody directed by Adam Blake Carver. Watch out for the last song!

The next clip deserved a bit more of space than the 40 seconds from the main video collection. In the film Guardians of the Galaxy the song My Sweet Lord (written by George Harrison) has been used for two minutes long. Normally movies do not play music from the soundtrack for too long. I apology for the audio as it not the best on this list.

A clip with some Lennon music is from the animated film Mr. Peabody & Sherman where Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy) by John Lennon is featured in a sort of dog-father figure .... just watch.

Paul McCartney wrote the song In The Blink of an Eye appositely for the animated film Ethel & Ernest in 2016. Strangely , the beautiful song is only played at the end during the credit roll.
A similar thing happened for Spies like us (

This next clips doesn't feature directly Beatles music, but a choir of students singing Give Peace A Chance against police brutality. The film is called The Strawberry Statement.

Yet, another interesting credit roll is the one of Children of men where in the official released they used Lennon's Bring On the Lucie (Freda Peeple), and Tomorrow Never Know in an alternate ending (

Before moving on, I'd like to share the last clip with some real Beatles music:
In the opening of the film Dinner for Schmucks the song The Fool On The Hill is played.

Dixie is a character in the movie The Million Dollar Hotel. He believes he was the uncredited fifth Beatle and he wrote most of the fab four catalogue on his own. In this clip he sings a very interesting version of I AM THE WALRUS.

You can watch more clips with Beatles soundtracks from movie in full on my Bitchute channel:



Before sharing other full clips/films I would like to post the following clip.
The day after I published the second collection video I found a few more clips online: there is a movie from the 1992 called Secret, and it is filled with Beatles music and references.

Another one is this very bad produced film from 1984 called “Desperate Teenage Lovedolls", there are in total three Beatles references:
Ref #1
Ref #2
Ref #2

Also, in the movie "The Music Never Stopped" (2011) they mention the Beatles song "all you need is love"
The song is also played during the movie.

For the credit roll of the film "The Identical" from 2014, they used a terrible version of Ringo's "it don't come easy" -

Through, for many this has little to do with the Beatles, I believe that the Travelling Wilburys are as important as Wings and should deserve respect from Beatles fans. The song End of the line is played as the opening for the film Checking Out (1989).

And if you want see even more films, I created a playlist of all the films featuring the real Beatles along some of the biographical/fictional and trailers too.



At some point I had enough of reading “you forgot Across the Universe” in the comments that, even it is NOT a movie I included anyway (that may save the video a few dislikes). However Across the Universe is a musical … and a pretty bad one!
I haven’t watched it, but I tried …. It was just too damn boring for me, and the Beatles songs sounds terribly cheesy and out-of-place … the story revolving the song has nothing to do with what goes on in the film. (enough ranting!)
So, here’s a collection of Beatles musicals


I also created a collection featuring The Beatles Biography Movies, this is the list of movies.
This is a samples and short trailer collection of all the biographical movies featuring the Beatles played by other actors, or as parodies. Apart from BackBeat and Lennon Naked, all the trailers are edited or made appositely for this video.

Movie List:
Birth of the Beatles (1979) 
Nowhere Boy (2009) 
In His Life (The John Lennon Story) (2000) 
Lennon Naked (TV 2010) 
John & Yoko : a love story (TV 1985) 
The Hours And Times (1991)
Two of us (2000) : 
The Linda McCartney Story (TV 2000) 
Turn me on dead man (2009) part 1 and part 2 
The Rutles - All You Need Is Cash (TV 1978) 
The Rutles 2 - Can't Buy Me Lunch (TV 2004) 
Chapter 27 (2007) 
The Killing of John Lennon (2006)
As this collection was complied in 2014, the recent The Fifth Beatle animated movie is missing in the list, but yo can watch the trailer here :

Most biographical Beatles movies can be found in full on YouTube (you can use this playlist), but a few movies aren’t as easy to find. One of them is The Hours and Times, a fictional story based on the holiday John Lennon and Brian Epstein spent together in Barcelona in 1963. This is a clip from the movie:

There is yet another movie on John Lennon's life made in 1985. I haven't seen the whole film in full yet, so I can't describe in particulars. However, there are a couple of clips on YouTube that gives a ruff idea. The movie is called John Lennon - A Journey in the Life.


While researching for the second references in movies collection I came across a lot of citations of Beatles (and ex-Beatles) appearances in documentaries. I avoided all Beatles documentaries and concentrated only in the non-beatle ones. However, I appositely left a lot of the research out for a future PART TWO of the following video, hoping I will get some suggestion in the comments (which, sometimes are very useful and more reliable than what often reported in blogs)

One of the documentaries I left out is one hosted by Paul McCartney called The Power of Music.


This next clips is just an example how the name "Beatles" is pronounced in other countries.

Rocky’s clip is not very clean. I should have paused the video and show properly the poster on the wall. Here's a better quality screenshot


A bit too often the vultures from The Jungle Book are referred as a Beatles resemblance, but is it really so. They surely have a moptop hairdo and a silly scouse accent, but, during the film creation they lost part of the fab four appearance. For example, they originally were a rock’n’roll vocal group, then the beat song and the dancing got swapped with an a-Capella boring song and so other signatures that may have made those vultures more beatlesque.

Watch these two short clips about the vultures from The Jungle Book.


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