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A Hard Day's Night (1964)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Musical  |  6 July 1964 (UK)
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A 'typical' day in the life of the Beatles, including many of their famous songs.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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The Beatles
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Wilfrid Brambell ...
Grandfather
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Norm
John Junkin ...
Shake
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T.V. Director
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Millie
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Police Inspector
Richard Vernon ...
Man on Train
Edward Malin ...
Hotel Waiter (as Eddie Malin)
Robin Ray ...
T.V. Floor Manager
Lionel Blair ...
T.V. Choreographer
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Storyline

The Beatles--the world's most famous rock and roll band--travel from their home town of Liverpool to London to perform in a television broadcast. 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 »

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Comedy | Musical

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Release Date:

6 July 1964 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Quatre garçons dans le vent  »

Box Office

Budget:

$560,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$50,445 (USA) (1 December 2000)

Gross:

$515,005 (USA) (18 July 2014)
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1.75 : 1
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Trivia

The first of five theatrical movies that feature The Beatles. 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

[playing baccarat]
Grandfather: My turn? Er... bingo!
Croupier: Pas "bingo," monsieur. "Banco."
Grandfather: Ah, I'll take the little darlin's anyway.
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits are superimposed over the action. The Beatles are running from a mob of fans while the title track plays. See more »

Connections

Featured in The Beatles Anthology: February '64 to July '64 (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

She Loves You
(1963) (uncredited)
Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney
Performed by The Beatles
Published by Capitol Records
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Irresistible
19 December 2000 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A "typical" day in the life of the Beatles. They have to deal with Paul's grandfather (Wilfrid Brambell), a neurotic TV director (Victor Spinetti), their long-suffering managers and tons of screaming fans.

No real plot, just a lot of very lively sequences overflowing with one-liners and non sequiturs. The tone of the scenes go all over the place--one is full of verbal puns, the next visual gags, then absurdity reigns, THEN surrealism! It's a credit to director Richard Lester that he manages to keep all these various shifts in tone flowing smoothly. It's great to see that the Beatles are obviously enjoying themselves every minute. Some of the jokes are obscure (the "clean" jokes were based on remarks made about the Beatles back in 1962) and the accents are sometimes difficult. But it's great to see the Beatles so young and full of life and when they sing the film becomes magical. Also they have a good cast backing them up--Brambell and Spinetti are just great (and very funny). If you don't like the Beatles or their music, you might want to skip this film. But if you do, it's a must-see.


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