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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:
Pipers At The Gates Of Dawn 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)
 
Crew verified as complete


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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 | Ireland:G | 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:
Besides Grandfather's gambling at "Le Cercle Club," there is other James Bond connections: Richard Vernon (the grumpy old man on the train) plays Smithers - the man who lectures Bond on gold in Goldfinger (1964), and Margaret Nolan (girl at "Le Cercle Club") also appeared in that film, as "Dink", the girl at the hotel swimming pool.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When the businessman sits next to John, he puts the armrest down, but just before he puts it down, they show John, and the armrest is already down.See more »
Quotes:
Shake:It's not my fault.
Norm:What?
Shake:I'm not taller than you are. You're smaller than I am.
See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Lovers & Leavers (2002)See more »
Soundtrack:
This Boy (Ringo's Theme)See more »

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40 out of 46 people found the following review useful.
Pipers At The Gates Of Dawn, 26 October 2004
Author: Bill Slocum (bill.slocum@gmail.com) from Greenwich, CT United States

What can you say about the film that started it all? Where popular culture as we know it took shape in a "let there be light" Genesis kind of way? Where pop rock became worth listening and not just dancing to? Where John, Paul, George, and Ringo became firmly established as individual personalities as well as the premier entertainment troupe of the 20th century?

Only this: "A Hard Day's Night" is good, yes, and significant, but it's fun, too. Still, and above everything else, it's a lot of fun.

"A Hard Day's Night" is probably more responsible for the Beatles' enduring image in our culture than any single song they made. It came out in 1964, within a few short months of the Fab Four's sensational appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show that truly launched them globally, though they had been making great pop music for more than a year which was all the rage across Europe. "Hard Day's Night" captures the band when they were still relatively provincial and innocent, not yet in the "marijuana for breakfast" phase they were well into the following year when they made the zanier "Help!" LSD, Yoko, and the Maharishi were not even on the radar, nor was the psychedelic era the Beatles would usher in less than three years later. Finally "Hard Day's Night" clicked not only with the kids but the adults, who previously viewed the band as a motley band of overplayed haircuts. It gave all the generations of the time something they could agree on. These guys were good.

The story of "Hard Day's Night" is thin by design. We see the Beatles in slightly fictionalized form, with a manager named Norm and a roadie named Shake, traveling by train across England and ducking into a studio to make a TV appearance. Paul has his grandfather along, a codgy old troublemaker who nevertheless is "very clean." The irony of the movie is that the old guy, played by British TV star Wilfrid Brambell, is the one that continually ruffles the feathers of society while the Boys themselves play things fairly straight and legal.

Grandpa has the best take on the meager storyline: "I thought I was supposed to be getting a change of scenery, and so far I've been in a train and a room and car and a room and a room and a room!" Brambell works very well in the film, a needful focal point in a film that requires some bearings in order to work. Of the Beatles themselves, Ringo makes the strongest single impression by showcasing his vulnerable side while John probably has the best moments with his wacky, caustic humor. George shines, too, in a scene with a trend-happy fashion maven, and married one of the girls on the train in real life, so he did pretty well here, too.

Is it the best Beatles film? I think "Yellow Submarine" is better for what it's worth, but "Hard Day's Night" is the best film actually featuring the Beatles for who they were and what they were about.

Great music, too. The sequence on the train with "I Should Have Known Better" still works as a video, with all the baggage-car bric-a-brac thrown in for ambiance. Then there's "Can't Buy Me Love," which shows the Beatles in full-tilt boogie mode after momentarily escaping their studio confines. "And I Love Her" has some of the film's greatest camera work, very moody and intense in its focus on how well the Beatles worked in a TV studio setting.

As a film, "Hard Day's Night" lacks a bit of heart. Not that it's cold or cruel, just a trifle too detached to get enveloped by, the way one does with great cinema. I don't really miss the fact that "Help!" wasn't a true sequel; "Hard Day's Night" works for its 90-plus minutes but doesn't leave you wanting more. The relationships between the band members, and with Grandpa, Norm, and Shake, are left unexplored, and you don't really miss that as much as you maybe should.

But as a collection of small, witty moments interspersed with great music, "Hard Day's Night" is a pleasure through-and-through. Like the scene where John cuts the tailor's measure ("I now declare this bridge open") or has that absurd corridor chat with Anna Quayle ("She looks more like him than I do.") Or when Ringo tells the crotchety train passenger who complains he "fought the war for your sort" that "I bet you're sorry you won!"

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