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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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The greatest rock & roll comedy adventure 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  »

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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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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

Norm: I thought I told you lot to stay here. When I say stay put, I mean stay put.
John: [drops to his knees] Don't cane me, sir! I was led astray.
Norm: Shut up, John!
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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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Referenced in Iron Man: The Armor Wars: Part 1 (1995) See more »

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Don't Bother Me
(1963) (uncredited)
Written by George Harrison
Performed by The Beatles
Published by Capitol Records
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A film that documents the greatest entertainment phenomenon in history.
24 October 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If anyone wants to witness the phenomenon that was "Beatlemania" in the 1960s, all they have to do is view "A Hard Day's Night". Although it's a fictional account of two days in the life of the rock group on tour, it captures the essence of what their life on the road was actually like. It also served to enhance their "personalities" as individuals, as well as show their spirit of fun-loving lads as a group. And as a bonus... the music throughout is superb! Sprinkled with Beatles' hits, Richard Lester's film almost serves as a blueprint for the music video form that took over the airwaves in the 1980s. Filmed with humor, great tunes and fast-paced editing, "A Hard Day's Night" usually never fails in delivering smiles and pleasure. If you're a music fan, and a rock and roll buff, the film is a must!


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