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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 Paul McCartney's mischievous grandfather in check while preparing for a live television performance.

Director:

Richard Lester

Writer:

Alun Owen (original screenplay)
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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

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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:

$56,805, 7 February 1982, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$13,780,024
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Trivia

Once Ringo Starr's line "A Hard Day's Night" was confirmed as the movie's title, it was put to music by John Lennon and Paul McCartney with participation of George Harrison and Starr. The Beatles collectively composed the song that same night, playing it the next morning to producer Walter Shenson in their dressing room. See more »

Goofs

Around 00:00:54, cameraman is reflected on the window (when John Lennon is approaching). See more »

Quotes

John: [John is combing a fake beard in the mirror; girlish voice] My name's Betty.
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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

In the television show sequence, the song "You Can't Do That" was cut from the original film. In the 30th anniversary special on the making of the film, the cut scene featuring the song is shown after the special. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Nowhere Boy (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Can't Buy Me Love
(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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This film "converted" me

I was in my mid-thirties when the Beatles came to America, and appeared at Shea Stadium and (famously) on the Ed Sullivan. I saw their success, with the screaming girls, as just another teen-age phenomenon. I must have read in some column that this film was interesting for its direction and photography. That was true. What I did not expect was that I would be caught up by the Beatles themselves, both as personalities and as musicians. Those who comment adversely on their lack of acting ability are way off base, because neither they nor the director were looking for dramatic skill; only for a degree of naturalness, which was achieved. Those who criticize the technical aspects are not well-acquainted with new developments in film technique especially in France; for instance, the jump shot. Those who criticize lack of plot must be interested only in straight narrative. I suggest that all the previously mentioned critics see the documentary materials on the making of the film, particularly those contained in the DVD set. They will see, for better or worse, that the creators and performers achieved what they wanted, allowing room for the unexpected. For forty years now I have been an admirer, own all their recordings, etc.; and taught this movie in my history of film class regularly. Don't believe the nay-sayers; see for yourself.


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