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A Hard Day's Night (1964)

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Over two "typical" days in the life of The Beatles, the boys struggle to keep themselves and Sir Paul McCartney's mischievous grandfather in check while preparing for a live television performance.

Director:

Richard Lester

Writer:

Alun Owen (original screenplay)
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
The Beatles ... The Beatles
John Lennon ... John
Paul McCartney ... Paul
George Harrison ... George
Ringo Starr ... Ringo
Wilfrid Brambell ... Grandfather
Norman Rossington ... Norm
John Junkin ... Shake
Victor Spinetti ... T.V. Director
Anna Quayle ... Millie
Deryck Guyler ... Police Inspector
Richard Vernon ... Man on Train
Edward Malin Edward Malin ... Hotel Waiter (as Eddie Malin)
Robin Ray Robin Ray ... T.V. Floor Manager
Lionel Blair ... T.V. Choreographer
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Storyline

The Beatles travel to London to perform on television. Along the way they must rescue Paul's unconventional grandfather from various misadventures and drummer Ringo goes missing just before the crucial concert. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Taglines:

Soaring in their first, full-length, hilarious, action-packed film! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Music | Musical

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English | German | French

Release Date:

7 July 1964 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

¡Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, Paul, John, George y Ringo! See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$560,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$50,445, 3 December 2000

Gross USA:

$1,480,356

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,360,561
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Trivia

Pattie Boyd appears in several scenes in the first act, all on the train. 1) She is one of the two "schoolgirls on the train" they first encounter 2) Sir Paul McCartney chats her up with her friend. 3) She sits next to Paul and smiles and sings on "I Should Have Known Better". She and George Harrison, who met during filming, married within eighteen months. See more »

Goofs

When Paul's Grandfather is selling pictures of the group outside the theater, the girls who surround him knock his hat off his head. Immediately after, as the Bobbies (Policemen) rescue him from the crowd, his hat is still on. See more »

Quotes

Norm: This is a battle of nerves between John and me.
Shake: John hasn't got any.
Norm: Any what?
Shake: Nerves.
Norm: That's the trouble. I've toyed with the idea of a ball and chain, but he'd probably just rattle them at me, and in public, too. Sometimes I think he enjoys seeing me suffer.
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Crazy Credits

Deryck Guyler is credited as 'Police Inspector' though it is clearly established that he is only a sergeant. See more »

Alternate Versions

Years before the advent of DVD, A Hard Day's Night became the first major motion picture to be released in CD-ROM format for the home computer market, with supplementary material included. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Eric Idle/Joe Cocker/Stuff (1976) See more »

Soundtracks

And I Love Her
(1964) (uncredited)
Written by Paul McCartney. usually credited to John Lennon and Paul McCartney
Performed by The Beatles
Published by Capitol Records
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fun movie
15 August 2004 | by didi-5See all my reviews

Directed by Richard Lester and written by Alun Owen, this is the least pretentious of the Beatles' movies, more or less mirroring their own story and featuring many of their most popular songs – along with the title track (even if it does bring back memories of the crazy send-up by Peter Sellers), there is ‘I Should Have Known Better', ‘All My Loving', ‘Can't Buy Me Love', and ‘She Loves You'.

Alongside the mop-tops playing themselves, this energetic movie also features Wilfred Brambell (Albert Steptoe) as Paul's grandad, as well as John Junkin, Victor Spinetti, Deryck Guyler, and – eek – Lionel Blair. The boys themselves can't really act but can at least play themselves – getting fan mail, giving performances, dealing with kooky fans, a typical ‘day in the life'.

‘A Hard Day's Night' is fun and perhaps the most accessible of their films to non-Beatles fans. I still can't say I rate Paul McCartney though – all eyebrows and enormous ego – the others come out of this movie better.


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