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Ringo finds himself the human sacrifice target of a cult and the band must try to protect him from it.

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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 Erin Pelicano

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Stop Worrying! HELP! Is On The Way!


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25 August 1965 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Pomoc!  »

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Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)

Gross:

SEK 4,831,000 (Sweden)
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Trivia

Throughout the filming, Paul McCartney drove director Richard Lester to distraction by constantly playing the melody of a new song he was working on called "Scrambled Eggs". By the time filming had wrapped, "Scrambled Eggs" had acquired new lyrics and a new title: "Yesterday". See more »

Goofs

When the attempts are being made on Ringo's life, he and John go to post a letter. There are people walking on the sidewalk in the background, and a time lapse has them jumping suddenly to another spot on the sidewalk. See more »

Quotes

Bhuta: [in the Indian restaurant, referring to Ringo] Excuse me, sirs, but if he is to be sacrificed before the dread Kaili, why is he not painted red?
John: That's a question I'll never be able to pluck up the courage to ask but as he's me best friend I will.
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Crazy Credits

During the opening credits, the sacrificial high priest and his followers are throwing darts at the Beatles on the projection screen. Each dart begins a new credit. See more »

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Soundtracks

A Hard Day's Night
(1964) (uncredited)
Written by John Lennon with Paul McCartney
Played by an Indian band as an instrumental
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24 April 2002 | by (Richland, WA) – See all my reviews

This is an entertaining movie that serves its sole purpose very well---to showcase a bunch of terrific Beatles songs. Everyone knows the plot---a religious cult needs to retrieve a sacrificial ring which Ringo cannot get off his finger, consequently he has to be sacrificed. The lads go through various adventures in London, Switzerland and the Bahamas before it is all over.

It is easy to imagine this movie being an inspiration for Monty Python later on and it isn't surprising to learn that George Harrison in particlar became good friends with Michael Palin and Eric Idle of Python fame. Now imagine what a combined Beatles-Python movie would've been like!

One scene in "Help!" which I particularly remember is the Leo Mckern, the cult leader, dressed in his sari, drinking tea and collegially discussing his religious beliefs with an Anglican priest. Of the Beatles, John and Ringo have most of the funny lines and the movie exaggerates the idea of George being tight with his money---playing poker with Ringo at Buckingham Palace, pilfering rings from a jeweler, pretending he can't find his wallet thus forcing Ringo to pick up the tab at a pub. The caricature personas the Beatles adopted for this movie in particular became the way many fans viewed them which I think George found to be alternately ironic and irritating since he insisted he was nothing like the movie version of himself.


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