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A Hard Day's Night -- A 'typical' day in the life of the Beatles, including many of their famous songs.
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Director:
Writer:
Alun Owen (original screenplay)
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Release Date:
6 July 1964 (UK) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
The Beatles starring in their first full-length, hilarious action-packed film ! See more »
Plot:
A 'typical' day in the life of the Beatles, including many of their famous songs. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 4 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Solid gold record of the Liverpool miracles at the point of making pop history. See more (204 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

The Beatles

John Lennon ... John

Paul McCartney ... Paul

George Harrison ... George

Ringo Starr ... Ringo
Wilfrid Brambell ... Grandfather

Norman Rossington ... Norm
John Junkin ... Shake

Victor Spinetti ... T.V. Director

Anna Quayle ... Millie

Deryck Guyler ... 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
Alison Seebohm ... Secretary
David Janson ... Young Boy (as David Jaxon)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bridget Armstrong ... Lead Makeup Woman (uncredited)
Roger Avon ... Policeman Following Ringo (uncredited)
Bruce Beeby ... Man Talking to Casino Manager (uncredited)

Isla Blair ... Actress (uncredited)

John Bluthal ... Car Thief (uncredited)

Pattie Boyd ... Jean - Schoolgirl on Train #1 (uncredited)
Andrea Brett ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Terry Brooks ... Urchin (uncredited)
Prudence Bury ... Rita - Schoolgirl on Train #2 (uncredited)
Pauline Chamberlain ... Showgirl (uncredited)
Andre Charisse ... Champagne Waiter at Casino (uncredited)
Anne Clune ... Journalist (uncredited)

Phil Collins ... Seated Fan with Necktie (uncredited)
Mal Evans ... Stagehand (uncredited)

Rosemarie Frankland ... Brunette Showgirl (uncredited)
Bob Godfrey ... Man in Pub (uncredited)
Kenneth Haigh ... Simon Marshall (uncredited)
Susan Hampshire ... Dancer at Disco (uncredited)
Victor Harrington ... Man at Casino (uncredited)

Julian Holloway ... Adrian - Simon's Assistant (uncredited)
Terry Hooper ... Casino Croupier (uncredited)
Ric Hutton ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Clare Kelly ... Barmaid (uncredited)
Lavinia Lang ... Minor Role (uncredited)
David Langton ... Actor (uncredited)
Richard Lester ... Man in Back of the Stage (uncredited)
Al Lewis ... Gambler (uncredited)
Linda Lewis ... Audience Member (uncredited)
Jeremy Lloyd ... Tall Dancer at the Disco (uncredited)
Maggie London ... Girl at Disco (uncredited)
Jane Lumb ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Dougie Millings ... Tailor (uncredited)
Peter Newton ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Derek Nimmo ... Leslie Jackson - Magician (uncredited)

Margaret Nolan ... Grandfather's Girl at Casino (uncredited)

Gordon Rollings ... Man with Sandwich in Pub (uncredited)
Edina Ronay ... Girl at Disco (uncredited)
Sally Sheridan ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Geraldine Sherman ... Girl Outside Secondhand Shop (uncredited)
Marianne Stone ... Society Reporter (uncredited)
Noel Trevarthen ... Journalist (uncredited)
Michael Trubshawe ... Casino Manager (uncredited)
Hedger Wallace ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Shalini Waran ... T.V. Studio Audience Member (uncredited)
Carol White ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Susan Whitman ... Susan (uncredited)
Tina Williams ... Tina - Schoolgirl (uncredited)
Neil Wilson ... Doorman (uncredited)
Fred Wood ... Pub Patron - Animated drinker behind Ringo) (uncredited)
Jerry Young ... Police Constable (uncredited)

Directed by
Richard Lester 
 
Writing credits
Alun Owen (original screenplay)

Produced by
Denis O'Dell .... associate producer
Walter Shenson .... producer
David V. Picker .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Gilbert Taylor (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
John Jympson 
 
Art Direction by
Ray Simm 
 
Costume Design by
Julie Harris 
Dougie Millings (uncredited)
 
Makeup Department
Betty Glasow .... hairdressing
John O'Gorman .... makeup
 
Production Management
John Rogers .... executive in charge of production: Miramax (special edition re-release) (as John S. Rogers Jr.)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
John D. Merriman .... assistant director
Alex Carver-Hill .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Bob Howard .... third assistant director (uncredited)
Barrie Melrose .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
William Alexander .... draughtsman (uncredited)
George Lack .... assistant art director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Michael Barry .... sound re-mixer: Sound One Corp. (special edition re-release)
H.L. Bird .... sound recordist
Stephen Dalby .... sound recordist
Gordon Daniel .... sound editor
Michael DiCosimo .... sound consultant: Dolby Laboratories (special edition re-release)
Kevin Reeves .... sound engineer: Polygram Studios (special edition re-release)
Dominick Tavella .... sound re-mixer: Sound One Corp. (special edition re-release)
Jim Roddan .... sound editor (uncredited)
Mike Silverlock .... sound camera operator (uncredited)
Frank Sloggett .... boom assistant (uncredited)
Don Wortham .... boom operator (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Ronnie Wass .... optical effects: titles (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Derek V. Browne .... camera operator
Jack Atcheler .... second camera operator (uncredited)
Peter Ewens .... clapper loader (uncredited)
Paul Wilson .... camera operator (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Dan Edelstein .... editorial coordinator (special edition re-release)
Romeo Fornoles .... timer: 4-Media Co. Film Laboratory restoration
Stephen Schwartz .... assistant editor (special edition re-release)
Charlotte Stobbs .... apprentice editor (special edition re-release)
Kenny B. Stuart .... post-production coordinator (special edition re-release)
Pamela Tomling .... assistant editor
Roy Benson .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
John Lennon .... songs by
George Martin .... musical director
George Martin .... performers: "This Boy (Ringo's Theme ")
Paul McCartney .... songs by
George Martin .... composer: incidental music (uncredited)
George Martin .... music arranger (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Rita Davison .... continuity
Robert Freeman .... titles design
Andrew Herwitz .... business affairs: Miramax (special edition re-release)
Mal Evans .... private assistant for the Beatles (uncredited)
Astrid Kirchherr .... still photgrapher (uncredited)
George 'Bud' Ornstein .... production executive: United Artists (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
87 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.75 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:M | Australia:G (original rating) | Canada:PG (Canadian Home Video rating) | Canada:G (Manitoba/Quebec) | Canada:PG (Ontario) (original rating) | Canada:G (Nova Scotia) (original rating) (1982) | Canada:F (Ontario) (re-rating) (1982) | Finland:S | France:U (2001 re-release) | Iceland:L | Netherlands:AL | Peru:PT | Portugal:M/12 | Sweden:Btl | UK:U | USA:TV-14 (cable rating) | USA:Approved (original rating) | USA:G (re-rating) (1979) | West Germany:6

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Since The Beatles are credited in the opening set of credits, but are not in the more comprehensive end credits, they are listed first, followed by those in the end credits, as required by IMDb policy on cast ordering.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Paul's Grandfather is selling pictures of the group outside the theater, the girls who surround him knock his hat off his head. Immediately after, as the Bobbies (Policemen) rescue him from the crowd, his hat is still on.See more »
Quotes:
T.V. Director:Get me a bottle of milk and some tranquilizers. I see it all now, it's a plot... a plot...See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
And I Love HerSee more »

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56 out of 69 people found the following review useful.
Solid gold record of the Liverpool miracles at the point of making pop history., 8 April 2004
Author: Peter Hayes from United Kingdom

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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