This Ringo Starr special, Ringo, aired on American TV in 1978 and is pretty much what you’d expect it to be: unpretentious, silly and, well, Ringo-esque.
In this update of the “Prince and the Pauper,” Ringo Starr is the most famous rock drummer in the world, but has become bored with his life as an iconic pop star, while Ognir Rats is a shy, bullied nobody with a lousy job and an abusive father. When Ringo sees Ognir and notices they share a strong resemblance to each other, they decide to switch places. Once, Ringo gets a taste of Ognir’s troubled life and Ognir is caught up in Ringo’s busy schedule, can things be straightened out before Ringo’s big concert, later that night?
The whole thing would be mostly forgettable if not for the number of cool people involved, including George Harrison, Vincent Price, Dr. John, Angie Dickinson and Art Carney. But even with the stellar cast Ringo is as cheesy as most rock and roll specials of the era. Still, Starr has this extraordinary knack for appearing in total crap and not getting himself in the least bit soiled. There’s a certain Zen in that.
EXTRAS: Ringo on Donahue, Ringo on Tom Snyder, Ringo hosts Saturday Night live
2 Disks – 120 Minutes – Region 1