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A Hard Day's Night (1964)

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Over two "typical" days in the life of The Beatles, the boys struggle to keep themselves and Sir Paul McCartney's mischievous grandfather in check while preparing for a live television performance.


Richard Lester


Alun Owen (original screenplay)
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
The Beatles ... The Beatles
John Lennon ... John
Paul McCartney ... Paul
George Harrison ... George
Ringo Starr ... Ringo
Wilfrid Brambell ... Grandfather
Norman Rossington ... Norm
John Junkin ... Shake
Victor Spinetti ... T.V. Director
Anna Quayle ... Millie
Deryck Guyler ... Police Inspector
Richard Vernon ... Man on Train
Edward Malin Edward Malin ... Hotel Waiter (as Eddie Malin)
Robin Ray Robin Ray ... T.V. Floor Manager
Lionel Blair ... T.V. Choreographer


A day and a half in the life of the Fab Four leading up to a televised concert gig. The boys seem to be constantly on the run, from their crazed fans and from their manager, who is constantly trying to rein them in. Sir Ringo Starr however is arrested and still isn't in the studio half an hour before air time. With Sir Paul McCartney's grandfather available for additional comical relief, the group performs a dozen or so songs. Written by garykmcd

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Their first full length hilarious, action-packed film. (Posters). See more »


Comedy | Music | Musical


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Did You Know?


Due to a minor road traffic accident while driving his Mini, Sir Paul MCartney had to miss several weeks' filming. Due to deadlines enforced by the Beatles' busy schedule, director Richard Lester had no choice but to carry on filming without McCartney, and instead, brought in an unknown actor who had a passing resemblance to McCartney. The extra, William Shears, was filmed primarily from behind and in profile. Following completion of the movie, he signed away all rights to his likeness as well as a confidentiality agreement and, sadly, disappeared back into obscurity (apart from being mentioned in Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band: "the one and only Billy Shears"). See more »


The final concert contains 3 songs ("If I Fell", "I Should Have Known Better", "She Loves You") for which John played an acoustic guitar on rhythm. However, he plays his electric guitar throughout the concert. See more »


Grandfather: It's your nose, you know. Fans are funny that way, they take a dislike to things. They'll pick on a nose.
Ringo: Aw, you pick on your own.
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Crazy Credits

Deryck Guyler is credited as 'Police Inspector' though it is clearly established that he is only a sergeant. See more »

Alternate Versions

In the television show sequence, the song "You Can't Do That" was cut from the original film. In the 30th anniversary special on the making of the film, the cut scene featuring the song is shown after the special. See more »


Referenced in Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience (2009) See more »


All My Loving
(1963) (uncredited)
Written by Paul McCartney, usually credited to John Lennon and Paul McCartney
Performed by The Beatles
Published by Capitol Records
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User Reviews

One of the funniest and best films ever made.
12 April 2002 | by glassorangeSee all my reviews

"A Hard Days Night" has got to be one of the funniest movies of all time, firmly holding its place with such classics as "Annie Hall" and "Duck Soup". It is also one of my top five favorite films of all time. The film proved that the Beatles could not only write and perform incredible songs, but that they could act as well. They are assisted in no small part by the extraordinary screenplay by Alun Owen. His dialogue is so unreasonable witty that even Groucho Marx himself would be impressed.

In "A Hard Days Night", we not only see the Beatles as great characters, but we also get some other outstanding characters, such as Paul's mischevious grandfather (Wilfred Brambell) and the dim-witted Norm and Shake (Norman Rossington and John Junkin).

This is a great film with great music and a great screenplay. I recommend this not only to avid Beatles fans, but to movie fans in general.

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English | German | French

Release Date:

7 July 1964 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$560,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$50,445, 3 December 2000

Gross USA:


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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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