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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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$1,500,000 (estimated)
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During the closing credits, the Beatles and their co-stars take turns appearing as reflections in a giant ruby. During this sequence, George can be heard in voice-over, proclaiming "'I Need You' written by George Harrison!" and repeating this same information twice. As the movie ends, John's image is the last that appears in the ruby. See more »

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At the very end as Bhuta runs away from Clang on the beach and leaves the other prisoners being marched to prison, the extra following him gives a "thumbs up" at the camera. See more »

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Ahme: He has three hours to live.
Paul: Say no more.
Ahme: I can say no more.
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This film is respectfully dedicated to the memory of Mr. Elias Howe, who, in 1846, invented the sewing machine. See more »

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Prelude to Act III
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Written by Richard Wagner
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Another Crazy Beatles Outing.
25 December 2000 | by (Las Vegas, NV) – See all my reviews

God Bless the Beatles. They're one of the few musical groups that still remain as fresh and entertaining even today. And that applies to their films as well. "Help!" is a lot of fun. Take the fab four with a goofy plot of Ringo being the target of religious sacrificial cult, add a handful of great songs, and that's the movie. The one-liners in this film are still very funny, with plenty of "groaners" and the typical quick British wit. Really nice camera work, great sets (the Beatles' apartment showcases clever diversity for each member's personality) and just wild sub-plots throughout the film. (Paul's tiny adventure and the tank chase comes to mind.) As I said before, the film's main asset is the music, and one can't help but find themselves caught up in the songs.

The strangest thing in the film is when it abruptly veers away from the cult chase to numerous songs and the Beatles just playing around. Even with a few more attempts on poor Ringo's finger, it seems like everyone takes a break from the chase. It really doesn't matter, however. The Beatles seem to be having a good time, and you can't help but join in.

"Help!" is a great showcase of Beatles music, fun writing and clever visuals. While not as great as "A Hard Day's Night", those who enjoyed that movie will be hard-pressed to find anything wrong here.


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