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 ...
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Bruce Lacey ...
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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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Did You Know?


The Bahamas, which is where the "Another Girl" sequence was filmed, was actually rather cold during filming. This why all the Beatles except Paul are wearing long-sleeve shirts in what looks like very hot weather. See more »


When the boys are out in the field protected by security, you can see through the whole first song, that Ringo does not have the ring on his finger, but during the next song before the ground explodes, he does have it on. See more »


Ringo: I like operations. They give you a sense of outlook, don't they?
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Crazy Credits

While the music is playing at the end (Overture from "Il bariere di Siviglia"), the Beatles are jokingly singing along with it and occasionally reading the credits. See more »


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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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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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