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Release Date:
6 July 1964 (UK) See more »
The Beatles starring in their first full-length, hilarious action-packed film ! See more »
A 'typical' day in the life of the Beatles, including many of their famous songs. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 4 nominations See more »
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Fun and inventive- a magical musical which stands outside its time See more (213 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

The Beatles ... 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)
Sheila Fearn ... Makeup Lady (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)
Jim O'Brady ... Pub Patron (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 
Casting by
Irene Lamb (uncredited)
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)
Crew verified as complete

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87 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.75 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
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 | Ireland:G | Netherlands:AL | Peru:PT | Portugal:M/12 | Sweden:Btl | UK:U | UK:12 (DVD rating) | USA:TV-14 (cable rating) | USA:Approved (original rating) | USA:G (re-rating) (1979) | West Germany:6

Did You Know?

John Lennon's written answer to the female reporter asking him if he has any hobbies, is the word "tits".See more »
Continuity: The scene where John is in the bath, there is a metal soap tray across the front of the tub through the scene, but it disappears sometime between John being "torpedoed" and Norm bursting through the bathroom door.See more »
Grandfather:Would you look at him? Sittin' there with his hooter scrapin' away at that book!
Ringo:Well, what's the matter with that?
Grandfather:Have you no natural resources of your own? Have they even robbed you of that?
Ringo:You can learn from books!
Grandfather:You can, can you? Pahh! Sheeps' heads! You could learn more by gettin' out there and living!
Ringo:Out where?
Grandfather:Any old where! But not our little Richard. Oh, no. When you're not thumpin' them pagan skins you're tormenting your eyes with that rubbish.
Ringo:Books are good.
Grandfather:*Parading's* better.
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16 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Fun and inventive- a magical musical which stands outside its time, 11 October 2007
Author: ametaphysicalshark from

"A Hard Day's Night" doesn't seem dated now, but it does seem familiar. We're used to all its madcap editing and photography now thanks to television and music videos, and we can only sit back and imagine (or try to remember) what it looked like through eyes that had never seen anything like it before. Watching it today, "A Hard Day's Night" still seems fresh and original, because it's still different (we're used to music videos, but not feature-length music videos), but to the 1960's audience it would have seemed entirely different from anything they had previously seen (especially if they were expecting a traditional rock musical, considering that the only good one of those made prior to this which I've seen is "Go Johnny Go").

Lester infuses the film with nonstop quick cutting and energetic pacing, giving the film an almost documentary-like feel (and somehow managing to integrate the biggest pop band in the world into the French 'nouvelle vague' style of film-making). When Orson Welles was interviewed in Playboy magazine in 1967 he said that the film directors that appealed to him the most were 'the old masters- by which I mean John Ford, John Ford, and John Ford. With Ford at his best you feel that the movie had lived and breathed in the real world, even though it may have been written by mother Machree'. When questioned about younger directors he enjoyed the most he named Stanley Kubrick and Richard Lester.

It seems absurd after Kubrick's long and distinguished career and Lester's career which while featuring some famously good films, also includes "Butch and Sundance: The Early Days" (a cheap prequel with none of the original cast), and the notoriously horrible "Superman III" to compare the two directors, but looking at Welles' reasoning behind loving John Ford films, it all makes sense. "A Hard Day's Night" really does feel real, we are basically transported into a day in The Beatles' life and given a VIP pass to accompany them wherever they go. It's a fascinating adventure which the screenplay handles very well.

The Beatles were not actors, but they really come off as themselves because all they have to be is the cocky, wisecracking, and rather charming men they were in real life. The screenwriter is smart enough not to provide them with any real acting, which really helps the film. That's not to say there isn't any good acting in the film, quite to the contrary actually, since Wilfrid Bramble is hilarious as McCartney's grandfather and was presumably cast thanks to his very funny co-starring role on Britcom "Steptoe and Son", which was one of the shows I frequently watched as a kid (and was remade for American audiences as "Sanford and Son").

The film is effortlessly charming, relying on the Beatles' natural charisma to carry the film but also including enough wit to warrant comparisons to later great British comedies and also to the later Beatles films (including Lester's later, slightly funnier and more experimental "Help!"). The Beatles were not yet the musical innovators they would later become, but there's something I personally prefer about their simple, short, and perfect Merseybeat songs, especially those on this soundtrack, which contains some of the most joyous and memorable pop songs ever written.


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