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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)  »

Also Known As:

Quatre garçons dans le vent  »

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Budget:

$560,000 (estimated)

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

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$13,780,024 (USA)
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Trivia

In the movie, there are four swine-related jokes (five if you count Norm's remark near the end of the movie to John Lennon, "You're a swine.": 1) When Norm scolds John because he is not listening to him, John remarks, "You're a swine. Ain't he, George?". 2) When The Beatles complain about having to answer all the fan mail, John tells Norm, "You couldn't get a pen in your foot, you swine!". 3) In the lads' dressing room, John tells Norm, "Got a touch of the swine fever, haven't you?". 4) When Paul McCartney and John are about to leave the theater after performing "I'm Happy Just To Dance With You", John snorts like a pig to Norm before leaving (implicitly saying, yet again, "You're a swine."). See more »

Goofs

Distance between the respective mikes used by John and George and Paul change frequently during the final TV concert. See more »

Quotes

Grandfather: It's my considered opinion that you're a bunch of sissies.
John: You're just jealous.
Norm: Leave him alone, Lennon... or I'll tell them all the truth about you.
John: You wouldn't.
Norm: Oh, I would, though.
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in Dont Look Back (1967) See more »

Soundtracks

She Loves You
(1963) (uncredited)
Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney
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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