An Eastern cult discovers that the sacrificial ring is missing. Ringo, drummer of The Beatles band has it; sent by the girl (who's to be sacrificed) as a gift. Clang, Ahme, Bhuta and several cult members leave for London to retrieve the ring. After several failed attempts to steal the ring, they confront him in an Indian restaurant. Ringo learns that if he does not return the ring soon, he will become the next sacrifice. Ringo then discovers that the ring is stuck on his finger. Its a race against time; John, Paul, and George try to protect their friend while they're all being chased not only by Clang and his minions, but also by two mad scientists and the chief inspector of Scotland yard. Will Ringo be saved, or will he be sacrificed? Written by
Before the ski shot in the Austrian Alps, The Beatles told Lester that they never skied before. Lester handed them skies and told them, "What better time to learn, find a hill, and PRACTICE!" Lester said in a later interview, "We set cameras to follow them around, then gave those tapes to the Editor to create parts of the 'Ticket to Ride' scene." See more »
During the scene in the Beatles' home where John defends himself from cult members using a telephone, one of his blows accidentally connects; he can be heard saying, "Oh sorry, I hit him!" See more »
Interesting period piece from an interesting director.....and, of course, the Beatles!
Help is one of those fast paced knockabout films of the 60s, when comedies didn't have to make sense; they just had to be whacky, colourful, fast and fun. This film is certainly all of the above.
Dick Lester had a great command of what was going on culturally at the time and his command really shows through in his frenetic directing style. He is definitely a pioneer, and this is a landmark film. You can see the influence of this movie coming out in the colour episodes of I Dream of Jeannie, the Monkees, and 60s cult favourites such as Arabesque.
The film is generally fun and enjoyable, but it is a 60s period piece, so it may not be for all. Film buffs and film school students will definitely get something out of it, but 60s buffs and especially Beatles fans will love it. Not a bad film by any means, but you have to be in the mood.
13 of 16 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?