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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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6 exciting new songs! (Posters). See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Music | Musical

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

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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

It was reported in contemporary press cuttings that fifteen minutes was later cut from the movie, including scenes involving a London double-decker bus. The Beatles autographed the ceiling of this bus, which was, by that time, privately owned by Tim Lewis of Twickenham. In 1987 David Thrower purchased the bus, in a dilapidated condition, from Wicksteed Park, Kettering, and it is now fully restored to the condition it was in when used in the movie - though the signatures of The Beatles on the ceiling are long gone, unfortunately. See more »

Goofs

The set that the stage crew is seen building throughout the movie is not the one the Beatles use during their performance at the end. At the end, they stand on a generic stage with a sign that reads, "Beatles" hanging behind them. See more »

Quotes

Ringo: [referring to half-dressed room service waiter hiding in the wardrobe] Any of you lot put a man in the cupboard?
George: Nah!
Paul: Don't be soft!
Ringo: Well, someone did.
George: [George gets up, walks over, looks in the cupboard, then sits back down]
George: He's right, you know
John: There you go.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits: All characters and events in this film are fictitious. Any similarity to actual events, or persons living or dead, is purely coincidental See more »

Alternate Versions

The 1981 re-release version has the following end credit (added & superimposed under the original ones for 'Sound Recordists', 'Sound Editor' & 'Assistant Editor'): "Rerecorded in DOLBY STEREO (TM Logo) at GOLDWYN SOUND FACILITY STEVE MASLOW, C.A.S. GREGG LANDAKER, C.A.S. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Petulia: The Uncommon Movie (1968) See more »

Soundtracks

Rule Britannia
(1740) (uncredited)
Music by Thomas Augustine Arne
Words by James Thomson
Sung a bit and hummed by John Lennon
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One of the funniest and best films ever made.
12 April 2002 | by glassorangeSee all my reviews

"A Hard Days Night" has got to be one of the funniest movies of all time, firmly holding its place with such classics as "Annie Hall" and "Duck Soup". It is also one of my top five favorite films of all time. The film proved that the Beatles could not only write and perform incredible songs, but that they could act as well. They are assisted in no small part by the extraordinary screenplay by Alun Owen. His dialogue is so unreasonable witty that even Groucho Marx himself would be impressed.

In "A Hard Days Night", we not only see the Beatles as great characters, but we also get some other outstanding characters, such as Paul's mischevious grandfather (Wilfred Brambell) and the dim-witted Norm and Shake (Norman Rossington and John Junkin).

This is a great film with great music and a great screenplay. I recommend this not only to avid Beatles fans, but to movie fans in general.


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