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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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Their first full length hilarious, action-packed film. (Posters). See more »

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Comedy | Music | Musical

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7 July 1964 (UK)  »

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Quatre garçons dans le vent  »

Box Office

Budget:

$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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1.75 : 1
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The question "Are you a mod or a rocker?" is a reference to two mid-1960s British youth subcultures that caused a moral panic by having violent clashes at the time the movie was being produced. The rockers rode motorcycles, wore black leather and preferred rock-and-roll. The mods rode scooters, wore suits and preferred jazzier music like ska. Since The Beatles' early music was a fusion of rock-and-roll and ska, it was only natural that Ringo Starr's reply--"I'm a mocker"--represents a fusion of the two groups' names. See more »

Goofs

George Harrison leaves the hotel room with a white shirt and no jacket. He arrives at the party with a jacket on and a black shirt. See more »

Quotes

Ringo: [arrested, at the police station] I demand to see my solicitor!
Police Inspector: What's his name?
Ringo: Well, if you're gonna get technical about it...
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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 Jeopardy!: Episode #26.57 (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

A Nation Once Again
(1840?) (uncredited)
Written by Thomas Osborne Davis
Sung a cappella by Wilfrid Brambell
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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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