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.



(original screenplay)
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 win & 5 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
The Beatles
Wilfrid Brambell ...
John Junkin ...
T.V. Director
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


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


Comedy | Musical


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Release Date:

6 July 1964 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Quatre garçons dans le vent  »

Box Office


$560,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$515,005 (USA) (18 July 2014)

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Did You Know?


While Paul McCartney is singing "And I Love Her," the camera panning around him picks up an arc light that flashes straight into the lens. United Artists executives, reviewing the dailies and certain the shot had to be a mistake, asked producer Walter Shenson if he was aware of it; Shenson replied it had taken them all morning to get it like that. See more »


As The Beatles step out onto the fire escape (right before the "Can't Buy Me Love" sequence) we hear Ringo shout "We're out!". However, it is clear to see that he is not talking. See more »


[Huge stacks of fan mail is delivered]
Ringo: None for me, then?
Norm: Sorry.
John: [handing Ringo one letter] Here, this'll keep you busy.
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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 »


Referenced in Fort Alpha: A Hard Days Night (1997) See more »


All My Loving
(1963) (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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User Reviews

you can't beat the Beatles
9 June 2005 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

Classic cinema verite has the Fab Four going hither and thither, accompanied by Paul's "very clean" grandfather John (Wilfrid Brambell). Naturally, it wouldn't be a Beatles movie without their music. And the music always fits the scene (unlike so many musicals). My favorite scene was on the train where John, Paul, George and Ringo meet a middle-aged man, and...well, let's just say that it did a really funny job showing the generation gap. In short, you can always count on the Beatles to do something great, as every one of their songs showed. They may have had a "hard" time making this movie, but they would have to agree that it was worth it; people could easily spend "days" and "nights" watching it.

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