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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Release Date:

25 August 1965 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

¡Socorro!  »

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$1,500,000 (estimated)

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1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


While filming in the Bahamas, The Beatles rented sports cars for each of them to drive in. According to various stories, the boy drove to a rock quarry and began having races and smashing into each other for fun. There is filmed evidence of this fact: in the theatrical trailer, there are excerpts of the Beatles driving around in the quarry mixed with the movie footage. See more »


During the shot when the Indian girl (while lying on the altar painted red) is watching the "Help" film, the projector's reels are running the opposite direction from the rest of the scene. See more »


George: What's your electric bill like?
Algernon: Sort of a long counterfoil!
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Crazy Credits

During the closing credits, you can see Paul McCartney take a bong hit, then proceed to blow smoke into the camera. See more »


Spoofs The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957) See more »


You're Going to Lose That Girl
(1965) (uncredited)
Written by John Lennon
Performed by The Beatles
Published by Capitol Records
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Great fun, great music - what's not to like?
4 October 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Help! has had a bad press, dating back to the 60s - when John Lennon criticises his own work, people listen.

But John wasn't really being fair. His disappointment (and similar comments from the others) reflect that, in this film, the Beatles were playing characters rather than, as in A Hard Day's Night, imitations of themselves.

Personally, I don't see the difference. Unless the cameras are fly-on-the-wall filming you in real life, then you're playing a character - that's what a fiction film is all about! And the Beatles played characters based on themselves in both A Hard Day's Night and Help!, it's just that the former film was staged in a more cine-verite manner.

Help!, on the other hand, is pure escapist nonsense. It's colourful, it has an actual plot (wildly improbable as it might be), the four Beatles discharge their responsibilities adequately, there are some lovely little throwaway bits of humour (check out Paul, Eleanor Bron, George, and the winking), and above everything, the music is great.

Just take it as an opportunity to go back to the summer of 1965 and relish the Beatles providing fun at the height of their popularity!

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