Combining Beatles covers with World War II stock footage has to be one of the oddest ideas for a movie ever conceived. I should preface this by saying, this is not a good movie. The covers run the gamut from mediocre to pretty good, and the footage is awkwardly meshed together with it. Maybe it would have worked better as a 20-minute short, but not as a full 83-minute movie.
It's a curiosity for Beatles fans and film buffs, and has never been made officially available on VHS, LaserDisc, DVD, or Blu-Ray (probably due to the legal headaches of getting the rights to all of the songs and permission from the artists to use them all). In fact, outside of a theatrical engagement that lasted two weeks, the film has only been seen a handful of times on premium cable, and in super-rare midnight screenings.
All of the songs are written by John Lennon-Paul McCartney. "Magical Mystery Tour" -- Ambrosia "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" -- Elton John (includes an uncredited John Lennon on lead guitar and backing vocals) "Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight" -- The Bee Gees "I Am The Walrus" -- Leo Sayer "She's Leaving Home" -- Bryan Ferry "Lovely Rita" -- Roy Wood "When I'm Sixty-Four" -- Keith Moon "Get Back" -- Rod Stewart "Let It Be" -- Leo Sayer "Yesterday" -- David Essex "With a Little Help from My Friends/Nowhere Man" -- Jeff Lynne "Because" -- Lynsey De Paul "She Came In Through The Bathroom Window" -- The Bee Gees "Michelle" -- Richard Cocciante "We Can Work It Out" -- The Four Seasons "The Fool On The Hill" -- Helen Reddy "Maxwell's Silver Hammer" -- Frankie Laine "Hey Jude" -- The Brothers Johnson "Polythene Pam" -- Roy Wood "Sun King" -- The Bee Gees "Getting Better" -- Status Quo "The Long and Winding Road" -- Leo Sayer "Help!" -- Henry Gross "Strawberry Fields Forever" -- Peter Gabriel "A Day in the Life" -- Frankie Valli "Come Together" -- Tina Turner "You Never Give Me Your Money" -- Will Malone & Lou Reizner "The End" -- The London Symphony Orchestra
NOTE: I had to remove a scene that had a one-minute clip from "The Desert Rats" in order to keep the video from being blocked, which is why this version runs shorter than it should.