History Film / PaulMcCartneyReallyIsDead

26th Feb '17 10:10:22 PM gewunomox
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The story goes that on July 1, 2005, the filmmakers received an anonymous package containing a microcassette player and two cassettes purporting to be the 'last testament' of GeorgeHarrison, recorded shortly after he was attacked and stabbed by a deranged fan in 1999. In it, he describes how an argument between [=McCartney=] and the other [[Music/{{TheBeatles}} Beatles]] in the Abbey Road studios in 1966 ended with [=McCartney=] storming off in his white Aston Martin. Later that evening, the other Beatles are visited by Maxwell, a sinister [=MI5=] operative, who reveals to them that Paul has been killed in a car crash -- something which, if revealed, will cause such horror among starstruck Beatles fans that they will commit mass suicide. What follows is a tense journey into the darker corners of GovernmentConspiracy as the three remaining Beatles find themselves trapped in a sinister conspiracy involving a lookalike and the threat of death hanging over all of them...

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The story goes that on July 1, 2005, the filmmakers received an anonymous package containing a microcassette player and two cassettes purporting to be the 'last testament' of GeorgeHarrison, George Harrison, recorded shortly after he was attacked and stabbed by a deranged fan in 1999. In it, he describes how an argument between [=McCartney=] and the other [[Music/{{TheBeatles}} Beatles]] in the Abbey Road studios in 1966 ended with [=McCartney=] storming off in his white Aston Martin. Later that evening, the other Beatles are visited by Maxwell, a sinister [=MI5=] operative, who reveals to them that Paul has been killed in a car crash -- something which, if revealed, will cause such horror among starstruck Beatles fans that they will commit mass suicide. What follows is a tense journey into the darker corners of GovernmentConspiracy as the three remaining Beatles find themselves trapped in a sinister conspiracy involving a lookalike and the threat of death hanging over all of them...
10th Nov '16 10:59:49 AM Raygunguy
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* AnimalMotifs: Paul is associated with walruses due to Maxwell comparing Paul's corpse to one.
10th Nov '16 10:58:02 AM Raygunguy
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* ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything: Maxwell and his goons are constantly noticing the increasingly obvious references that Music/TheBeatles are including to what's happened in the album covers and music and threatening them with death, but never actually bother to follow through on their threats (at least, not for 10 and 30 years, respectively). The Beatles don't exactly make a lot of effort to hide it either.
* {{Portmanteau}}: John's nickname for the imposter, "False Paul", becomes shorted to "Faul". Near the end of the film, archival footage of the real George talking about Paul on a talk show is distorted so that it sounds like he is really saying "Faul" instead of "Paul."

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* ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything: Maxwell and his goons are constantly noticing the increasingly obvious references that Music/TheBeatles are including to what's happened in the album covers and music and threatening them with death, but never actually bother to follow through on their threats [[spoiler: (at least, not for 10 and 30 years, respectively).respectively)]]. The Beatles don't exactly make a lot of effort to hide it either.
* {{Portmanteau}}: John's nickname for the imposter, impostor, "False Paul", becomes shorted to "Faul". Near the end of the film, archival footage of the real George talking about Paul on a talk show is distorted so that it sounds like he is really saying "Faul" instead of "Paul."


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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: The movie never reveals who sent Joel the cassettes.
7th Nov '16 10:51:57 AM Raygunguy
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* DownerEnding: [[spoiler: Lennon is killed bu [=MI5=], who get away with it.]]

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* DownerEnding: [[spoiler: Lennon is killed bu by [=MI5=], who get away with it.]]
7th Nov '16 6:48:20 AM Raygunguy
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* DownerEnding: [[spoiler: Lennon is killed bu [[=MI5=]], who get away with it.]]

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* DownerEnding: [[spoiler: Lennon is killed bu [[=MI5=]], [=MI5=], who get away with it.]]
7th Nov '16 6:48:20 AM Raygunguy
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7th Nov '16 6:41:26 AM Raygunguy
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* DownerEnding: [[spoiler: Lennon is killed bu [[=MI5=]], who get away with it

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* DownerEnding: [[spoiler: Lennon is killed bu [[=MI5=]], who get away with itit.]]
6th Nov '16 12:47:13 PM Raygunguy
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* BigBad: Maxwell is the leader of MI5 agents and has [[spoiler: John Lenon killed and tries to do the same with George]].

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* BigBad: Maxwell is the leader of MI5 [=MI5=] agents and has [[spoiler: John Lenon Lennon killed and tries to do the same with George]].George]].
* DownerEnding: [[spoiler: Lennon is killed bu [[=MI5=]], who get away with it



* {{Jerkass}}: John and George come off as this; although they are apparently supposed to be torn apart with grief about the death of their friend, the fact that John won't stop including cruel references to "Faul" in everything he does from that point on and George views "Faul" with obvious contempt means that one actually ends up feeling a bit sorry for the imposter.

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* {{Jerkass}}: John and George come off as this; although they are apparently supposed to be torn apart with grief about the death of their friend, the fact that John won't stop including cruel references to "Faul" in everything he does from that point on and George views "Faul" with obvious contempt means that one actually ends up feeling a bit sorry for the imposter.impostor.
6th Nov '16 12:42:12 PM Raygunguy
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2010 'documentary' film by Joel Gilbert, purporting to tell the true story of what happened to Music/PaulMcCartney in 1966. The full title is ''Paul [=McCartney=] Really Is Dead: The Last Testament of Music/GeorgeHarrison''. It's... not very convincing.

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A 2010 'documentary' film by Joel Gilbert, purporting to tell the true story of what happened to Music/PaulMcCartney in 1966. The full title is ''Paul [=McCartney=] Really Is Dead: The Last Testament of Music/GeorgeHarrison''. It's... not very convincing.



* BigBad: Maxwell is the leader of MI5 agents and has [[spoiler: John Lenon killed and tries to do the same with George]].



* OohMeAccentsSlipping: 'George', on top of not sounding very much like George Harrison, at several points seems to be slipping into Canadian or New Zealand pronunciation.

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* OohMeAccentsSlipping: 'George', "George", on top of not sounding very much like George Harrison, at several points seems to be slipping into Canadian or New Zealand pronunciation.
6th Nov '16 12:39:18 PM Raygunguy
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* AsYouKnow: George flat out states he assumes the listener knows the history of Beatles. However, he still gives a history lesson about the band.
* FoundFootageFilms: A variant. The audio is supposedly taken from cassette tapes that the filmmaker found. The visuals are stock footage and images of the Beatles.
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