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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! See more »


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In the final "I'm going to miss the sacrifice" scene where Klang's men, The Beatles, Ahme and the good police of the Bahamas are on the beach where they are rolling around in the sand fighting, a strange shot of a pair of very feminine legs and skin covered with sand is inserted for a flash of a second. See more »

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The Semaphore Flags held by The Beatles on the poster (and album cover) don't spell HELP, but NUJV. This was done deliberately because the photographer of the cover, Robert Freeman, thought that it doesn't look good, therefore the flag postures were improvised, therefore it's not an actual error. See more »

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[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 »

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Ticket to Ride
(1965) (uncredited)
Written by John Lennon with 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 (Sydney Australia) – 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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