If it weren''t for a couple of inspired performances, as well as the time-capsule weirdness of it all, Sgt. Pepper''s Lonely Hearts Club Band would be definitively unwatchable. This misguided effort to dramatize the classic Beatles album (the Fab Four had nothing to do with it, thank goodness) also includes tunes from other Beatles LPs, strung together in lumbering ''70s rock-opera style. Peter Frampton, then at the crest of his brief run at the top, stars as Billy Shears, with the Bee Gees wearing the glossy day-glo band jackets from the Pepper album cover. Earth, Wind & Fire turn in a spirited revamp of "Got to Get You into My Life," and Aerosmith thrash their way through "Come Together"; but most of the performances are pretty awful. Out-and-out novelties include Steve Martin doing "Maxwell''s Silver Hammer" and George Burns (but of course) warbling "Fixing a Hole." This high-profile 1978 flop helped kill the hot streak (Saturday Night Fever, Grease) of record and movie producer Robert Stigwood and sink his RSO movie-music empire. --Robert Horton
Sgt. Peppers grandson and three other guys form a band and fight bad guys.Music from the beatles. Studio: Uni Dist Corp. (mca) Release Date: 06/21/2005 Starring: Peter Frampton Steve Martin Run time: 113 minutes Rating: Pg Director: Michael Schultz
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