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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:
The colorful adventures of the Beatles are more colorful than ever...in color! (Poster). See more »
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:
Great fun, great music - what's not to like? See more (101 total) »

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:
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?

Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Continuity: During the performance of "Help!" in the beginning of the movie, Ringo is wearing the sacrificial ring in the close-ups but not in the other shots. Also, in the close-ups, Ringo and his drums are on a much shorter riser than in the other shots.See more »
Quotes:
Ringo:[Ringo approaches the bar and asks for] Two lagers and lime and two lagers and limeSee more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Compleat Beatles (1982) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125See more »

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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Great fun, great music - what's not to like?, 4 October 2007
Author: Neil Welch from United Kingdom

Help! has had a bad press, dating back to the 60s - when John Lennon criticises his own work, people listen.

But John wasn't really being fair. His disappointment (and similar comments from the others) reflect that, in this film, the Beatles were playing characters rather than, as in A Hard Day's Night, imitations of themselves.

Personally, I don't see the difference. Unless the cameras are fly-on-the-wall filming you in real life, then you're playing a character - that's what a fiction film is all about! And the Beatles played characters based on themselves in both A Hard Day's Night and Help!, it's just that the former film was staged in a more cine-verite manner.

Help!, on the other hand, is pure escapist nonsense. It's colourful, it has an actual plot (wildly improbable as it might be), the four Beatles discharge their responsibilities adequately, there are some lovely little throwaway bits of humour (check out Paul, Eleanor Bron, George, and the winking), and above everything, the music is great.

Just take it as an opportunity to go back to the summer of 1965 and relish the Beatles providing fun at the height of their popularity!

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