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A Hard Day's Night (1964)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical | 6 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
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Wilfrid Brambell ...
Grandfather
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Norm
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Shake
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T.V. Director
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Millie
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Police Inspector
Richard Vernon ...
Man on Train
Edward Malin ...
Hotel Waiter (as Eddie Malin)
Robin Ray ...
T.V. Floor Manager
Lionel Blair ...
T.V. Choreographer
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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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6 July 1964 (UK)  »

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Quatre garçons dans le vent  »

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Budget:

$560,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$515,005 (USA) (18 July 2014)
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1.75 : 1
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Trivia

The constant mention of Paul McCartney's grandfather being "very clean" are references to actor Wilfrid Brambell playing a rag-and-bone man in Steptoe and Son (1962), featuring the catch-phrase, "You dirty old man." "Steptoe and Son" was remade in the US as Sanford and Son (1972). See more »

Goofs

During his bathtub sequence, John can be seen wearing dark swim trunks. When the tub is emptied with John having "disappeared", the trunks in the tub are a lighter color. See more »

Quotes

Reporter: What do you call that collar?
Ringo: A collar.
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Diabolik (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

If I Fell
(1964) (uncredited)
Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney
Performed by The Beatles
Published by Capitol Records
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Solid gold record of the Liverpool miracles at the point of making pop history.
8 April 2004 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The Beatles travel down from Liverpool to record a TV show.

If I was to meet Richard Lester I would shake his hand and thank him for recording the Beatles during the middle part of their career when they could entertain but hadn't yet shot off in to outer space. Without this we would have a piece missing from their history - and lets be frank - our history. They changed the world and all they had to change it with were electric guitars and their personalities!

The script is clever in that it showcases the personalities of the group without asking them to do much acting. Wilfred Brambell tags along to give comedy relief and the whole thing fits in plenty of songs that are good - but not as good as what soon followed. They are still tied to the Northern dance halls.

I have always thought that if they had a died in a car crash at this point they would be a mystery to the modern audience - hugely popular at the time - but not particularly stand-out from the other bands around. Like the way we regard Charlie Chaplin or Mary Pickford - both incredibly famous in their prime - but little regarded today.

Whether you like to admit it or not there are three geniuses at work and Ringo Starr. So I guess that it is fitting that Ringo comes across the best of the group: Down-to-earth, chatty, witty and willing to talk to anyone. Even the kids down by the river. John Lennon had a comic wit that could have given him another career had his music not been up to scratch. Talk about being master of the witty comeback.

Anyone watching this film will see London as it really was at the time. Not the swinging sixties that everyone pretends it was. Grubby shops, unpainted windows that look about to fall out of their frames, empty streets bar a few beat up cars.

I guess you could say this is the perfect record of Beatlemania: The driving beat songs (cranked out even quicker on stage), the backstage sieges, the ping-pong put downs that is the hallmark of English humour, the screaming that overpowered the performance. Enjoyable at the time (as light entertainment) it becomes an important historical document now and every generation should see it. Your pop culture education depends on it.


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