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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:
Weird little throwaway film with great music See more (100 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 ... Marie-Lise (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)
 
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Runtime:
92 min
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Color:
Color (Eastmancolor)
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1.66 : 1 See more »
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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)

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Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Ringo falls off his bed, His blanket falls with him, but in the next shot when he crawls to John's bed, his blanket is back on the bed.See more »
Quotes:
Ringo:I like operations. They give you a sense of outlook, don't they?See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Jeopardy!: Episode #22.79" (2005)See more »
Soundtrack:
A Hard Day's NightSee more »

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31 out of 52 people found the following review useful.
Weird little throwaway film with great music, 10 November 2005
Author: kylopod (kylopod@aol.com) from Baltimore, MD

Because my mother is a huge Beatles fan, I saw this movie a lot when I was a kid. It may look weak in comparison to "A Hard Day's Night," widely regarded as the "Citizen Kane" of rock musicals. But it's an easier film for a kid to relate to. Instead of a realistic, ironic mockumentary about the lives of rock stars, it's a harmless escapist fantasy that has precious little to do with the real Beatles. These are the Beatles of myth, the four asexual men who all live in the same house, which is supposed to pass for an automated futuristic type of home, at least to audiences in the 1960s. I suppose that as a kid I got a kick out of the idea of having a vending machine in one's own home. Somehow, I never asked myself what the advantage of that would be, and the film never does, either.

Looking back on the film as an adult, I have a hard time determining what it is I liked about it. Certainly, I can't remember laughing at any of the jokes. In fact, I was vaguely aware that most of the jokes fall flat. (In contrast, the Monkees' TV show, modeled heavily on this movie, was often quite funny.) The superintendent who does a bad Cagney imitation and inexplicably begins every sentence with the words "So this is the famous...." left me staring at the screen blankly. This is quintessential British humor, revolving heavily around people's nonchalant reactions to bizarre events. It's a brand of humor that has great potential to be funny; here, it's just strange, probably because none of the ideas are all that inspired. The idea of a tiger who likes Beethoven might have sounded good on paper, I suppose, but it doesn't come together on screen. I suppose it could have been used as the setup for a funnier joke; instead, it's used as the punchline. At least I was able to "get" that joke when I was a kid. Many of the other jokes involve references that went over my head, such as the line "It's the brain drain: his brain's draining." Those sophisticated enough to know what the brain drain is are likely to be too old to appreciate such a pedestrian pun.

The Beatles themselves do not emerge in this film as talented comic actors, to put it mildly. Their line readings are wooden, their comic timing is off, and their apparent attempts at improvisation are pathetic, as in their continual "ho ho ho"ing throughout the film. The Beatles were supposed to have been very funny on stage and in interviews, but none of that ability translates to the screen. It may not have been their fault. The characters they play are given no identifiable traits, and as a result they come off as interchangeable, except for Ringo because of his role in the plot. Instead of giving them distinct comic personas to play, the film turns them into straight-men who are the victims of a zany, insane world that's conspiring against them. This is presumably what led the real Beatles to complain that the film reduced them to "extras in (their) own movie."

So why do I have so much affection for the film? Probably because I was just sort of enchanted by the events. The movie has a lot of the types of scenes that delight kids, like the aforementioned automated house, as well as a ton of weird gadgets. The various methods in which the Beatles attempt to remove the dreaded ring from Ringo's finger is the best aspect of the film, plot-wise. It may not make me laugh, but there still is a certain pleasure in watching these scenes. Besides, I've always liked movies about Thuggees. Along with "Gunga Din," "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom," and a somewhat darker film from 1988, "The Deceivers," "Help!" convinced me that Thuggees were a real group existing in modern times. How disappointed I was when I grew up and eventually learned that the actual cult was destroyed by British forces in the early nineteenth century. "Temple of Doom" at least alludes to that fact, and bases its plot on the premise that the cult has secretly survived. "Help!" never explains how Thuggees could be around in the twentieth century; you just have to accept it.

But the most obvious reason why I still like this film is the wonderful music. It actually has a better soundtrack, in my opinion, than "A Hard Day's Night." Among the songs that "Help!" popularized are not just the hits like "You're Gonna Lose That Girl," "Ticket to Ride," "You've Got to Hide Your Love," and the title song, but also lesser known tracks like "The Night Before" and "Another Girl." The earlier film appropriately focused on their dance music. The songs from this film have a greater focus on harmony and musical virtuosity.

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