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Help! (1965)

Approved | | Adventure, Comedy, Musical | 25 August 1965 (USA)
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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The colorful adventures of the Beatles are more colorful than ever...in color! (Poster). See more »


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25 August 1965 (USA)  »

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$1,500,000 (estimated)
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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Judy Cornwell says in her memoirs she was asked to appear in this project but had to pass because she was very pregnant. See more »

Goofs

In the scene where Prof. Foot and Algerman are on the ski lift and try to kidnap Ringo off of the sled, the rest of the Beatles sled far away down the mountain while the ski lift is still going in the opposite direction. The rope breaks only after the lift turns around back down the hill, yet when Ringo stands up, The Beatles are just passing by. See more »

Quotes

[John and Paul are trying to get Ringo to cut his finger off]
Paul: You don't miss your tonsils, do yer?
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in The Beatles: All Together Now (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

Another Girl
(1965) (uncredited)
Written by Paul McCartney
Performed by The Beatles
Published by Capitol Records
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Interesting period piece from an interesting director.....and, of course, the Beatles!
17 January 2005 | by See all my reviews

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.


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