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
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The Beatles were driven to rehearsals at the Scala Theatre, which used to stand at 21 Tottenham Street, London, just off Tottenham Court Road. After a fire, it was demolished in 1969. 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 »
[referring to half-dressed room service waiter hiding in the wardrobe]
Any of you lot put a man in the cupboard?
Don't be soft!
Well, someone did.
[George gets up, walks over, looks in the cupboard, then sits back down]
He's right, you know
There you go.
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The opening credits are superimposed over the action. The Beatles are running from a mob of fans while the title track plays. See more »
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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