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Help! (1965)

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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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Complete credited cast:
Patrick Cargill ...
Alfie Bass ...
Bruce Lacey ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
George (as The Beatles)
John (as The Beatles)
Paul (as The Beatles)
Ringo (as The Beatles)


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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Help yourself to seven great new Beatle hits! (Poster). See more »


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Release Date:

25 August 1965 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Pomoc!  »

Box Office


$1,500,000 (estimated)


SEK 4,831,000 (Sweden)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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The horse that Paul is astride in the "Ticket to Ride" sequence is a Haflinger horse, which originated in the Austrian Alps. See more »


During the "Another Girl" sequence, when Paul is playing the bikini-clad girl beside him like a guitar, Paul suddenly looks embarrassed, and has a shocked smile on his face. If you look closely, he accidentally hits the left breast of the girl as he pretends to strum his girl guitar. See more »


Clang: Take this hastily scribbled note, hastily to acting Lance Corporal Bhuta. Off!
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Crazy Credits

This film is respectfully dedicated to the memory of Mr. Elias Howe, who, in 1846, invented the sewing machine. See more »


References Horse Feathers (1932) See more »


She's a Woman
(1964) (uncredited)
Written by Paul McCartney
Played as background music on a tape machine and underground in the Salisbury Plain scene
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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