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
There is also a second scene involving a gun, which takes place during the Beatles' visit to Buckingham Palace. This time, the gun fires; nobody is hit, but all four Beatles drop reflexively to the floor. See more »
During the scene in the Beatles' home where John defends himself from cult members using a telephone, one of his blows accidentally connects; he can be heard saying, "Oh sorry, I hit him!" See more »
[Hypnotism attempt over the phone from a public phone box]
Go to the window.
Hey! It's them!
[the Beatles block their ears]
Go to the window, Go to the window, Go to the window, Go to the window.
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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 »
Okay, so "Help!" isn't quite as creative as "A Hard Day's Night", but the Beatles always were able to do something good. In this case, Ringo happens to have a sacrificial ring belonging to a religious cult. So, the cult sets about trying to get it back. When they fail, they decide to sacrifice Ringo. Meanwhile, a scientist (Victor Spinetti) wants the ring for his own purposes. And of course, there's plenty of great music along the way.
In a way, the whole movie is sort of an excuse to be wacky. Whether it's the seemingly separate apartments that turn out to be one big room, the trap door activated by a glass, the skiing tournament, or the whole Bahamas sequence, they've got something neat every step of the way. Leo McKern, as cult leader Clang, and Eleanor Bron, as cultist Ahme who tries to protect Ringo, provide cool supporting roles.
I guess that if I ever get a woman to watch "Help!" with me, I'll never "Lose That Girl".
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