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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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Trivia

George Harrison was introduced to the sitar during the filming of the club scene, which features an Indian band playing an instrumental sitar version the song "Hard Day's Night". See more »

Goofs

When Prof Foot and Algernon kidnap Ringo in The Bahamas, they wrap him in a blanket before throwing him in the trunk of their car. A bit of the blanket gets caught when the lid closes, but when George jumps onto the trunk as car drives away, the bit of blanket is gone. See more »

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[At Scotland Yard]
John: Hold on, it's them! Only me and Paul know we're here.
George: I know we're here.
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During the closing credits, you can see Paul McCartney take a bong hit, then proceed to blow smoke into the camera. See more »

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Referenced in Jeopardy!: Episode #26.119 (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

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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Music video before there were music videos
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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