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A Hard Day's Night (1964)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical | 23 July 1964 (West Germany)
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A 'typical' day in the life of the Beatles, including many of their famous songs.

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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

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Wilfrid Brambell ...
Grandfather
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Norm
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Shake
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T.V. Director
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Millie
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Police Inspector
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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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Soaring in their first, full-length, hilarious, action-packed film! See more »

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Comedy | Musical

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23 July 1964 (West Germany)  »

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

Paul McCartney's comment to the mirror in the dressing room "That this too too solid flesh would melt" is from William Shakespeare's "Hamlet", Act 1 Scene 2. See more »

Goofs

In scene near the end, where the Beatles arrive moments before the walk-through, the items on the staff bulletin board on the wall change several times between shots. See more »

Quotes

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

Derek Guyler is credited as 'Police Inspector' though it is clearly established that he is only a sergeant. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

This Boy (Ringo's Theme)
(1963) (uncredited)
Music by John Lennon, usually credited to John Lennon and Paul McCartney
Performed by The George Martin Orchestra
Published by Capitol Records
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This film "converted" me
4 May 2004 | by (elgin, illinois) – See all my reviews

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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