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A Hard Day's Night (1964)

Approved | | Comedy, Music, Musical | 7 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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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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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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7 July 1964 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Quatre garçons dans le vent  »

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$560,000 (estimated)

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

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

A 'Bridewell' is an English slang term for a prison. See more »

Goofs

The scene where John is in the bath, there is a metal soap tray across the front of the tub through the scene, but it disappears sometime between John being "torpedoed" and Norm bursting through the bathroom door. See more »

Quotes

Norm: I thought I told you lot to stay here. When I say stay put, I mean stay put.
John: [drops to his knees] Don't cane me, sir! I was led astray.
Norm: Shut up, John!
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Crazy Credits

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

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Referenced in V.I.P.: Hard Val's Night (2000) See more »

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A Hard Day's Night
(1964) (uncredited)
Written by John Lennon, usually credited to John Lennon and Paul McCartney
Performed by The Beatles
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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