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A Hard Day's Night (1964)

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A "typical" day in the life of The Beatles, including many of their famous songs.

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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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6 exciting new songs! (Posters). See more »

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Comedy | Music | Musical

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Release Date:

7 July 1964 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Quatre garçons dans le vent  »

Box Office

Budget:

$560,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$50,445 (USA) (3 December 2000)

Gross:

$13,780,024 (USA)
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Trivia

Writer Alun Owen put together the plot of the movie while following The Beatles around on their tour of France before they went to America. From observing them, he created their "stereotypes": John Lennon is a smart-ass, Paul McCartney is "cute" and sensible, George Harrison is quiet and shy and Ringo Starr is dim-witted and sad. He also picked up their manners of speech, and their daily routines, with which he created the plot. Despite the comic elements, it really was a "day-in-the-life" look at The Beatles. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the "If I Fell" sequence, you can hear John's acoustic guitar while he visibly stops playing for a brief moment. See more »

Quotes

Norm: I just have one thing to say to you, John Lennon.
John: What's that?
Norm: You're a swine.
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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 »


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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The Age of Innocence
22 December 2003 | by (Boston, MA) – See all my reviews

This is it. There has never been and never will be another band like the Beatles. The innocence of the generation is showcased in A Hard Day's Night. The perfect musical for any audience, the Beatles capture a time that can never be repeated. Like 4 childhood friends knowing that the Old can never get them down, they represented everything good and right of the world. They reflected the generation that wanted to be heard. Almost 40 years later, they are still as young as ever. Timeless, beautiful, true. A Hard Day's Night is perfection!


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