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Director:
Writers:
Marc Behm (screenplay) &
Charles Wood (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
25 August 1965 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Stop Worrying! HELP! Is On The Way!
Plot:
Ringo finds himself the human sacrifice target of a cult and the band must try to protect him from it. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for 2 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

The Beatles

George Harrison ... George (as The Beatles)

John Lennon ... John (as The Beatles)

Paul McCartney ... Paul (as The Beatles)

Ringo Starr ... Ringo (as The 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:
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)
Dandy Nichols ... Neighbor (uncredited)
Zorenah Osborne ... High Priestess (uncredited)
Sue Reid ... (uncredited)
Patty Roberts ... (uncredited)
Edith Saville ... (uncredited)
Wally Shufflebottom ... (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)
 
Stunts
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)
 
Thanks
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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Runtime:
92 min
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Color:
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono | Dolby Digital (re-release)
Certification:
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?

Trivia:
It is a popular belief that the first time John appeared in public wearing his trademark glasses was in film How I Won the War (1967). This is not true; John can be seen wearing his granny glasses during the scene in which the Beatles are in disguise at an airport, waiting for a flight to the Bahamas. In an earlier scene at the Indian restaurant, John can be seen spooning the same pair - or same type - of glasses out of his soup.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: During the shot when the Indian girl (while lying on the altar painted red) is watching the "Help" film, the projector's reels are running the opposite direction from the rest of the scene.See more »
Quotes:
Ahme:[to camera] I am not what I seem.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Hollywood Musicals of the 60's (2000) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Ticket to RideSee more »

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29 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
Music video before there were music videos, 24 April 2002
Author: Ajtlawyer from Richland, WA

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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