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
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 »
It's your nose, you know. Fans are funny that way, they take a dislike to things. They'll pick on a nose.
Aw, you pick on your own.
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Deryck Guyler is credited as 'Police Inspector' though it is clearly established that he is only a sergeant. See more »
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 »
"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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