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  • Breakaway Pop Hit: The entire Let It Be album, and especially "Let It Be" and "Long and Winding Road."
  • Creative Differences: The movie is essentially what happens when someone has a film camera and films a band suffering from this — lots of bitter, snide passive aggressive sniping. There's one famous scene with Paul McCartney and George Harrison having a bitter fight over a chord.
  • Deleted Scene: Michael Lindsay-Hogg cut a LOT out of his movie. There is no trace of the violent argument between John Lennon and George that (legend has it) came to blows, no mention of George quitting the band in the middle of the sessions, and no hint that the sessions were suspended for nine days while the Beatles figured out what to do next. Additionally, Billy Preston materializes at Apple with no explanation. (George brought his friend in to support the Beatles' live ensemble with keyboards, and to help calm down a fractious group.)
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  • Executive Meddling: Due to Creative Differences from the members, the Beatles' new manager Allen Klein gave the Get Back tapes to Phil Spector, and Paul 's complaints to the result were ignored by Klein.
  • Hostility on the Set: The already terse relations between the band members reached breaking point:
    • Paul McCartney tried to organise and encourage his bandmates, but his attempts to hold the band together and rally spirits were seen by the others as controlling and patronising.
    • McCartney and George Harrison got into a heated argument during the recording of "Two of Us".
    • Harrison got into a blazing row with John Lennon over creative disengagement from the band. According to journalist Michael Housego of The Daily Sketch, this descended into violence with them allegedly throwing punches at each other. Harrison denied this in a 16 January interview for the Daily Express, saying: "There was no punch-up. We just fell out."
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: The film was last available on the free market (on VHS and laserdisc) in 1981. It has been pulled until it can be remade into something that the current heads of Apple (Paul, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono, and Olivia Harrison) can find acceptable. Even after the release of Let It Be...Naked (a remix of the Let It Be album), it hasn't been a high priority. Netflix had it for some time, but it vanished again.
    • To be averted sometime in 2019 or 2020 with the original film receiving an HD remaster and will also receive a recut from the original film and audio elements by Peter Jackson.
  • Missing Episode: The film was last legally released in 1991 (laserdisc and VHS). Odds are, it will never be legally released again in its original form, and we've no idea if it'll ever be legally released again in any form. (There is dissonance between what viewers will expect to see and what Apple Corps wants to show.) Paul McCartney told Rolling Stone in 2016 that he wants the film to be released, correctly noting that he should be the main objector among the Apple Corps stakeholders because he "doesn't come off well" in it. Despite McCartney's comment, the film has yet to be re-released.
    • In January 2019, it was announced that a remastered version of the film, and a brand new cut produced by Peter Jackson (yes that Peter Jackson) were being put together for a Blu-Ray and DVD release for later in the year or early 2020.
  • Old Shame: The reason why the film has not been readily available for decades is that none of the Beatles were very proud of it at the time, and they're even less so now.
  • Saved from Development Hell: The album was supposed to have been an early 1969 "back to basics" album called Get Back (and accompanying "making of" film), with an album cover in which the 1969 Beatles recreated their Please Please Me album cover in the original setting. With the Troubled Production and band squabbles delaying the album, the cover was scrapped (it was used later in 1973 on the compilation 1967–1970) and the album abandoned while the band recorded Abbey Road. With production work (and overdubbed orchestral accompaniment of several songs) by Phil Spector it was finally released a month after the band broke up under the new name.
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  • Screwed by the Lawyers: Observers have said that the film won't likely be rereleased as long as Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr are still alive, due to its unflattering and downright painful look at the slow collapse and eventual breakup of the band.
  • The Shelf of Movie Languishment: The band recorded the album in 1969 but then shelved the whole thing and went back to the studio, producing and releasing Abbey Road in 1969. The album (along with its accompanying film) was released in 1970.
  • Throw It In!: Lots of studio chatter is thrown into the songs on the album, including the "passed the audition" quote, which closes the album in the same way it closes the film.
    • Lennon's terrible bass playing on "The Long and Winding Road" remains on the final album because the band abandoned the song long before he had learned the chords properly.
  • Troubled Production: The band started work on the album in early 1969, thinking that returning to the good ol' days of studio jams would get them out of their rut. It didn't work, of course, and the documentary film that was supposed to capture genius at work instead captured the ugly breakdown of a once great band. The album was eventually released in May 1970 when Phil "Wall of Sound" Spector cobbled together what usable bits existed of the recording sessions and turned them into complete songs (such was the acrimony among band members that they never actually recorded a complete take from beginning to end). In 2003, Paul McCartney completely remixed the album producing a rawer, more stripped down sound that he claimed was closer to the band's original vision. The accompanying film has not been shown publicly since the mid-80s because the remaining Beatles say that it brings back too many bad memories.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • When the album was planned as Get Back, its cover would have been an Affectionate Parody of the cover of the Beatles' first album Please Please Me, with the band members (looking very different than they did in 1963) posing in the same place and in the same position. The photo was eventually used for the Greatest Hits Album 1967-1970.
    • The album was originally supposed to be a return to the band's original sound, recorded alongside a documentary, and culminating as a live album. Instead, the documentary was less of the creation of an album and more the end of a band, the live show was on a rooftop, and the tapes were given to Phil Spector, who added strings and his trademark lush sound.
  • Working Title: Get Back.
  • Writing by the Seat of Your Pants: Much of the bootleg session tapes that have circulated among fans feature the band jamming, and occasionally making up songs out of the blue. One of these eventually evolved into "Get Back". The other, abandoned songs are of varying quality, but a few have become fan favorites, like the 50s Rock & Roll throwback "Suzy Parker" (or "Suzy's Parlour"—there's debate on what the actual title should be), and the John-sung "Watching Rainbows", which anticipates his style circa Imagine, centering on a quintessential Lennon refrain, "Instead of watching rainbows, I'm gonna make me some".


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