Beatles Song to Appear in Third Film

For many, many years, the Beatles were reluctant to allow any of their recordings to be used in commercials and motion pictures.  We're not talking about performances of their songs by other artists, because there have been plenty of them, but the actual Fab Four tracks.  That taboo was broken a few years ago in advertising but it wasn't until 2010 that movie ban fell.  First, Fool on the Hill appeared in Dinner for Schmucks.  Then Norwegian Wood was licensed for the Japanese production of the same name. 

Now, the "Facebook movie" The Social Network gets the surviving Beatles and their company out of its shell again to license Baby You're a Rich Man for the film.  According to Roger Freidman at, the film's studio, Columbia, may have gotten a deal on the licensing fee as they are owned by the same company as Sony Music who controls the Beatles' catalog.  In comparison, it cost Paramount/Dreamworks $1.5 million to use Fool on the Hill in Dinner for Schmucks.

The film opens at the New York Film Festival on September 24 and stars Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield and Justin Timberlake.

Update (9/17/10): As Paul Simon once wrote "When something goes wrong, I'm the first to admit it" and I was wrong in the above article.  As has been pointed out in the comments, recordings by the Beatles have been used in a number of movies in the past.  Let's just leave it at the fact that Beatles' recordings are being licensed to more and more movies on a regular basis.  Thanks to "anonymous" and the writer of WogBlog for their input.  


Anonymous said...

The Beatles' performances of Sgt Pepper and Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds were in the 1975 film "Shampoo", the 1978 movie "I Wanna Hold Your Hand" had tons of original Beatles performances and "Coming Home" featured Hey Jude and Strawberry Fields Forever that same year. When I'm 64 was used in the credits of the 1982 Robin Williams movie "The World According To Garp", their performance of Twist And Shout was used in the 1986 movie "Ferris Bueller's Day Off", While My Guitar Gently Weeps was featured in 1987's "Withnail & I". Not to mention Michael Moore's 2002 movie "Bowling For Columbine" used the white album's Happiness Is A Warm Gun. So, while use of Beatles performances in movies may not be common, it's certainly been going on for decades.

wogew said...

"it wasn't until 2010 that movie ban fell" I'm countering this claim in my blog.

Anonymous said...

You are wrong about no Beatles's song being used in a movie prior to 2010:

"Twist and Shout" was used in "Ferris Bueller's Day Off"
released in 1986.

Why does this persist? This is the 2nd webpage I have found this.

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