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.



(original screenplay)
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 win & 5 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
The Beatles
Wilfrid Brambell ...
John Junkin ...
T.V. Director
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


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 BEATLES in Their First Full Length, Hilarious Action-Packed Film See more »


Comedy | Musical


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Release Date:

6 July 1964 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Quatre garçons dans le vent  »

Box Office


$560,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$515,005 (USA) (18 July 2014)

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Did You Know?


The song "You Can't Do That" was cut from the concert scene at the end of the film, but the scene in which it is performed is still intact. See more »


The set that the stage crew is seen building throughout the movie is not the one the Beatles use during their performance at the end. At the end, they stand on a generic stage with a sign that reads, "Beatles" hanging behind them. See more »


[Having makeup applied]
George: Hey, you won't interfere with the basic rugged concept of me personality, will you madam?
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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 »


All My Loving
(1963) (uncredited)
Written by Paul McCartney, usually credited to John Lennon and Paul McCartney
Performed by The Beatles
Published by Capitol Records
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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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