One of the oddest things to ever be released on the Apple label was the Original Soundtrack Album for the 1971 movie "Come Together." The title has no apparent connection to the Beatles song of the same name, nor does it really have any apparent connection to the movie.
The soundtrack album, released in the U.S. only, consisted mainly of forgettable incidental music by Stelvio Cipriani. It also contained the Joe South hit "Games People Play," "Love is Blue/I Can Sing A Rainbow" by the Dells, and a version the love anthem "Get Together" that was a hit by the Youngbloods. The album was produced by Allan Steckler who ran Apple for a while, and more recently has appeared at Beatlefest with Bruce Spizer.
SPOILER ALERT: I will be describing the end of the film, so if you are one of the extremely small group of people who might want to sit through this movie and also a member of the even smaller group that could actually find it, please read no further.
The movie was directed by Saul Swimmer, whose next directing project was "The Concert for Bangla Desh." Swimmer also produced the Ringo Starr movie "Blindman" and Co-Produced the Beatles movie "Let It Be."
The leading man in the film, Tony Anthony, also starred in "Blindman". The Internet Movie Database lists Ringo Starr as one of the producers of "Come Together" but his name was not in the screen credits. However, there is no doubt that this awful film had some Apple money behind it.
Harry Castleman and Walter Podrazik in "The Beatles Again" describe this movie as "one of those 'this week only' first-run neighborhood flicks, probably on a twin bill with "Chainsaw Murder" (or some such nonsense)." They were being far too kind. They also quoted Vincent Canby of the New York Times who described Tony Anthony as "the least magnetic movie personality to come along since Frankie Vaughn." He was being far too kind. It's difficult to mess up a movie about a ménage à trois, but Tony Anthony and Saul Swimmer did it. Tony's floppy hat and Mickey Mouse jacket couldn't even save it. This was an ABKCO film, so Allen Klien must have decided that backing this film would be more financially prudent than renewing Badfinger's contract.
The film did have one interesting thing going for it. Just like the 1960s, it had a surprisingly dark ending after all of that talk of love. For reasons unknown, Tony Anthony's character, whose name was Tony (I swear I am not making this up) spontaneously decided that things would be more fun for him and his two women if he started driving like a maniac on the side of a mountain. It's a little bit like the scene in "A Clockwork Orange" that we have been seeing in the videos of Grandfatheraleister and Company. Things go awry when the trio collides with a white car driven by an unidentified man.
Tony's car goes out of control in a lengthy series of maneuvers and ends up flying off a cliff and bursting into flames.
So what do we have here? Another allusion to a car crash in Beatles history. I think the tagline for the movie "Come Together" says it all: "Fantasy becomes reality in the games people play!"
You can see clips from better movies in the latest video from sonofwhom. It is called Catcher in the Rye. And yes, it has a car crash too.