The video for 'No More Lonely Nights' which trailed the film launch made it seem as though the movie WAS just what Paul had originally wanted to make...a Speilbergian sci-fi blockbuster. By chopping the film together very artfully, they actually created the impression that there was some kind of sci-fi time-travel plot.
Plus having a Dave Gilmour guitar solo on the single had definitely upped Macca's cred in lots of quarters.
But although I went to the cinema twice to see it, I did so on my own because by then the truth was known..that it was plotless, over-long and barely contrived. Many many people in the media and the audience were so exasperatedly disappointed with it that they pretty much decided to permanently marginalise and diss Macca right up until 'Back in the US'..
Paul definitely did overplay his media hand in the mid-80's and 'Broad Street' was incredibly hyped! From earnest and serious arts programmes like 'South Bank Show' to special features in The Sunday Times, it was made to seem as if Paul had crafted something of a magnum opus that would sweep away all critical disdain
I actually enjoyed it a lot but 'Rupert and the Frog Song' which was the warm-up film was better and the runaway success. In fact on both occasions I saw it, it was mainly a family audience and everybody was very up during the animated 'Rupert' and then leaving throughout 'Broad Street'. It's sad to admit but I think that by the end of the film there was only me and a couple of others left in what had started as a sizable audience. Of those that did go to see it in it's short run, surely most were led in there by their kids!
And erm...that's the problem right there.
After all the promise, really what everyone was left with was their kids demanding a copy of the Frog Song video that Christmas (it was the biggest selling music video for several years).