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Release Date:
25 August 1965 (USA) See more »
The colorful adventures of the Beatles are more colorful than color! (Poster). See more »
Ringo finds himself the human sacrifice target of a cult and the band must try to protect him from it. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Nominated for 2 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

The Beatles ... Beatles

Leo McKern ... Clang

Eleanor Bron ... Ahme

Victor Spinetti ... Foot

Roy Kinnear ... Algernon
Patrick Cargill ... Superintendent

John Bluthal ... Bhuta
Alfie Bass ... Doorman

Warren Mitchell ... Abdul

Peter Copley ... Jeweller
Bruce Lacey ... Lawnmower
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

George Harrison ... George (as The Beatles)

John Lennon ... John (as The Beatles)

Paul McCartney ... Paul (as The Beatles)

Ringo Starr ... Ringo (as The Beatles)
Danny Almond ... (uncredited)
Thomas Baptiste ... (uncredited)
Ronnie Brody ... Priest / Thug (uncredited)
Blake Butler ... (uncredited)
Golda Casimir ... Temple Cleaner (uncredited)
Vera Cook ... (uncredited)
Deborah DeLacey ... High Priestess (uncredited)
Durra ... Belly Dancer (uncredited)
Eve Eden ... High Priestess (uncredited)
Mal Evans ... Channel Swimmer (uncredited)
Rupert Evans ... Priest / Thug (uncredited)
Mary Ford ... (uncredited)
Gretchen Franklin ... Neighbor (uncredited)
Joe Gibbons ... (uncredited)
Bob Godfrey ... Priest / Thug (uncredited)
Bob Grant ... Cameo (uncredited)
Stewart Guidotti ... (uncredited)
Jenny Landry ... (uncredited)
Jeremy Lloyd ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Alex MacIntosh ... (uncredited)
Andreas Malandrinos ... Austrian Waiter (uncredited)
Louis Mansi ... Priest / Thug (uncredited)
Marie-Lise ... High Priestess (uncredited)
Zienia Merton ... High Priestess (uncredited)
Allan Mitchell ... Engineer (uncredited)
Dandy Nichols ... Neighbor (uncredited)
Zorenah Osborne ... High Priestess (uncredited)
Sue Reid ... (uncredited)
Patty Roberts ... (uncredited)
Edith Saville ... (uncredited)
Wally Shufflebottom ... (uncredited)
Roy Spencer ... Technican (uncredited)
Jenny Till ... (uncredited)
Glenda Warrington ... (uncredited)
Ian Wilson ... (uncredited)
Gai Wright ... High Priestess (uncredited)

Directed by
Richard Lester 
Writing credits
Marc Behm (screenplay) &
Charles Wood (screenplay)

Marc Behm (story)

Produced by
Walter Shenson .... producer
Original Music by
Paul McCartney (uncredited)
Ken Thorne (uncredited)
Cinematography by
David Watkin (director of photography)
Film Editing by
John Victor-Smith (film editor) (as John Victor Smith)
Art Direction by
Ray Simm  (as Raymond Simm)
Costume Design by
Julie Harris 
Dinah Greet (uncredited)
Arthur Newman (uncredited)
Makeup Department
Betty Glasow .... hairdresser
Freddie Williamson .... makeup
Production Management
John Pellatt .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Clive Reed .... assistant director
Art Department
Terry Apsey .... contruction manager (uncredited)
Sound Department
H.L. Bird .... sound recordist
Bill Blunden .... sound editor
Don Challis .... sound editor
Stephen Dalby .... sound recordist
John Baker .... electronic sound effects (uncredited)
Mike Le Mare .... sound editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Cliff Richardson .... special effects
Brian Gamby .... special effects (uncredited)
Fred Heather .... special effects (uncredited)
Garth Inns .... special effects (uncredited)
Jimmy Ward .... special effects (uncredited)
Roy Whybrow .... special effects (uncredited)
Cliff Diggins .... stunt double: George Harrison (uncredited)
Cliff Diggins .... stunts (uncredited)
Joe Dunne .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Jack Atcheler .... camera operator (as Jack Atchelor)
Paul Wilson .... camera operator
Frank Elliott .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Arthur Newman .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Robert Freeman .... colour consultant
Chris Kelly .... second assistant editor (uncredited)
Music Department
John Lennon .... songs by
Paul McCartney .... songs by
Ken Thorne .... musical director
Barrie Vince .... music editor (as Barry Vince)
Milt Holland .... musician: percussionist (uncredited)
Other crew
Rita Davison .... continuity
Robert Freeman .... titles
Jean-Étienne Siry .... poster designer (french version)
Mal Evans .... private assistant for the Beatles (uncredited)
Elias Howe .... this film is respectfully dedicated to the memory of, who in 1846, invented the sewing machine (as Mr. Elias Howe)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

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92 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono | Dolby Digital (re-release)
Australia:G | Canada:G (Manitoba/Nova Scotia/Quebec) | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Finland:K-8 | South Korea:12 | Sweden:11 | UK:U | UK:U (video rating) (1991) | USA:Approved (PCA #22669) | USA:G (1980)

Did You Know?

Ken Thorne's musical score is largely made up of elaborate orchestral re-arrangements of "A Hard Day's Night", "You Can't Do That", and "From Me to You" by The Beatles.See more »
Crew or equipment visible: When Clang is on the bike after the first attempt at getting the ring back, you can easily see the string/cable that pulls the bike along.See more »
Ringo:What was it that first attracted you to me?
John:Well, you're very polite, aren't you?
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Movie Connections:
Featured in The Beatles on Record (2009) (TV)See more »
You're Going to Lose That GirlSee more »


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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
A brief glimpse into the end of an era of "innocence", 24 February 2008
Author: grasshopper54 from Cromwell, CT

Of all the various Beatles transformations out there, I have to admit that I liked them best from late 1964 to mid-1966. During this era, they morphed from the "innocent" fab four into the pre-mystical Beatles that came about in late 1965 with the advent of their wonderful "Rubber Soul" lp.

Yes, I loved these guys from this era of time. If you're old enough to have experienced the British Invasion, then you can show an appreciation of how the music once was: short and sweet. To put it simply, most pop music that came out of this era was short (around 2 minutes and 30 seconds) and sweet enough to reveal a new type of rock n' roll that never existed before the advent of the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Yardbirds, Chad and Jeremy, the Dave Clark 5, etc, etc, etc.

It's too bad that this era didn't last long enough for us to enjoy. Before you knew it, it was gone like a morning mist. Even the American versions of garage rock, like Gary Lewis & the Playboys and the Turtles disappeared as discontent with the establishment and Vietnam sapped all of the collective innocence out of us.

It was an era of music that was, in essence, non-political; Beatles music, as well as other bands, were geared toward boy-girl love relationships and that was all. Barry McGuire then blew us out of the water with his "Eve of Destruction" around September, 1965. This, of course, caught the Beatles by surprise and they quickly changed their music from the typical "love songs" and became more creative in their talents by releasing "Day Tripper" with "We Can Work It Out" as a flip side.

"Help!" is a remnant of the final days of "innocence", when Vietnam was just entering the nightly news night after night after night and when the domestic disturbances on college campuses and ghettos was coming to a head.

This is what "Help!" represents to those who study this era. It was still a time when we could still help to avoid the problems that were beginning to plague American culture, society and politics. It still showed the Beatles as innocent and fun-loving mop tops that many people still prefer over their re-emergence as mystical, drug-experimenting replacements two years hence. I know that I still prefer them as innocent mop tops, but reality has shown that they were far from innocent even during their early days in Hamburg.

All that aside, this is still my favorite era of Beatledom.

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