Give My Regards to Broad Street (film)
|Give My Regards to Broad Street|
|Directed by||Peter Webb|
|Produced by||Andros Epaminondas|
|Written by||Paul McCartney|
|Music by||Paul McCartney|
|Distributed by||20th Century Fox|
|Running time||108 min.|
Give My Regards to Broad Street is a 1984 British musical drama film directed by Peter Webb and starring Paul McCartney, Bryan Brown and Ringo Starr. The film was not financially successful, but its soundtrack album sold well. It was one of the last film appearances of classical actor Sir Ralph Richardson. The title is a take on George M. Cohan's classic show tune "Give My Regards to Broadway", making reference to London's Broad Street railway station, which closed in 1986.
Filming and recording of Broad Street began in November 1982, after the completion of Pipes of Peace. Production on the album and film continued until July the following year. In the interim, Pipes of Peace and its singles were released, and the film project was thus scheduled for an autumn 1984 release once an appropriate amount of time had passed.
The film was the result of a long-held ambition of McCartney, a lifelong film fan, to become involved in acting again after his success with the Beatles' films. Starring McCartney, his wife Linda, Ringo Starr and his wife Barbara Bach, as well as Bryan Brown, Ralph Richardson, and Tracey Ullman, the film details a day in the life of McCartney (somewhat like The Beatles' A Hard Day's Night). The master tapes to McCartney's new album are suspected of being stolen by an employee with a shady past (who has also disappeared), and amid much searching (and music), the tapes are found in the possession of the man in question, who had accidentally locked himself in a shed in a railway station; both are discovered by McCartney. George Harrison chose not to participate in the project. "No More Lonely Nights," a song featured in the film and on its soundtrack, was nominated for a Golden Globe Award and a BAFTA Film Award for Best Original Song-Motion Picture.
Simultaneously with the film's premiere in November, McCartney's recording "We All Stand Together" was released and became a hit single in the UK, reaching #3. The animated film from which the song was taken, Rupert and the Frog Song, was shown in cinemas immediately preceding the main Give My Regards To Broad Street feature. While Give My Regards to Broad Street was occasionally described in the press as McCartney's first film in 14 years, this was not in fact the case, as Rockshow had been released 4 years before, though it was mainly made up of Wings' concert footage. McCartney had been planning to do more acting after this film but the negative reception caused him to rethink and his next live-action films, 1991's Get Back, 2001's Wingspan and 2011's The Love We Make were made up of documentary footage.
A video game based on the film (Cat. no. ICD-0082) was released for the Commodore 64 and Sinclair ZX Spectrum home computers in 1985. The game was developed by Argus Press Software and published by Mastertronic, with the licence of MPL Communications and 20th Century Fox.
- Paul McCartney as Himself
- Bryan Brown as Steve
- Ringo Starr as Himself
- Barbara Bach as Journalist
- Linda McCartney as Herself
- Tracey Ullman as Sandra
- Ralph Richardson as Jim
Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times gave the film one out of four stars, praising its music as "wonderful" but calling it "about as close as you can get to a nonmovie" and saying that "the parts that do try something are the worst."