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A Hard Day's Night (1964)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical | 7 July 1964 (UK)
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A "typical" day in the life of The Beatles, including many of their famous songs.



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



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Wilfrid Brambell ...
T.V. Director
Police Inspector
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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Comedy | Musical


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Release Date:

7 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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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Did You Know?


Mal Evans, one of the Beatles assistants along with Neil Aspinall, makes a cameo in the film. He is the person carrying the upright bass/cello in between John Lennon and Anna Quayle (Millie) as they are talking in the hallway backstage at the television theater. See more »


After The Beatles escape the press conference they find Norm and Paul's grandfather finishing off sandwiches and drinks. George pulls a pen out of his pocket moments before Grandfather says, "Hey George, give us your John Henry on this picture?" See more »


[repeated line about Grandfather]
Paul: He's very clean.
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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 »


I'm Happy Just to Dance with You
(1964) (uncredited)
Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney
Performed by The Beatles
Published by Capitol Records
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User Reviews

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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