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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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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)  »

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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

While all four of The Beatles attended the movie's premiere, reportedly none stayed for the whole show. See more »

Goofs

During the beginning of the opera scene, the male opera singer's lip movements do not match the singing. See more »

Quotes

Millie: Oh, wait a minute, don't tell me who you are.
John: No, I'm not.
Millie: Oh, you are.
John: I'm not.
Millie: Oh, you are, I know you are.
John: I'm not, no.
Millie: You look just like him.
John: Do I? You're the first one that's said that ever.
Millie: [motions to the mirror] Yes, you do. Look.
John: No, my eyes are lighter. The nose.
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Derek Guyler is credited as 'Police Inspector' though it is clearly established that he is only a sergeant. See more »

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I Wanna Be Your Man
(1963) (uncredited)
Written by Paul McCartney and John Lennon
Performed by The Beatles
Published by Capitol Records
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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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