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A Hard Day's Night (1964)

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A "typical" day in the life of The Beatles, including many of their famous songs.

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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... The Beatles
... John
... Paul
... George
... Ringo
Wilfrid Brambell ... Grandfather
... Norm
... Shake
... T.V. Director
... Millie
... Police Inspector
... Man on train
Edward Malin ... Hotel Waiter (as Eddie Malin)
Robin Ray ... T.V. Floor Manager
... T.V. Choreographer
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The Beatles--the world's most famous rock and roll band--travel from their home town of Liverpool to London to perform in a television broadcast. Along the way they must rescue Paul's unconventional grandfather from various misadventures and drummer Ringo goes missing just before the crucial concert. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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The Beatles starring in their first full-length, hilarious action-packed film ! See more »

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Comedy | Music | Musical

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G | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

7 July 1964 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Quatre garçons dans le vent  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$560,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$56,805, 7 February 1982, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$13,780,024
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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.75 : 1
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Trivia

The Beatles first shared the bill with Wilfrid Brambell at the Royal Command Variety Performance in November 1963. See more »

Goofs

When Paul's grandfather and Ringo are sitting in the canteen, the sugar shaker on their table has about 2/3d's amount of sugar in it. Later in the scene, when Paul's grandfather picks it up to put sugar in his coffee, it's empty. See more »

Quotes

George: He's very fussy about his drums, you know. They loom large in his legend.
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits are superimposed over the action. The Beatles are running from a mob of fans whilst the title track plays. See more »


Soundtracks

And I Love Her
(1964) (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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This film "converted" me

I was in my mid-thirties when the Beatles came to America, and appeared at Shea Stadium and (famously) on the Ed Sullivan. I saw their success, with the screaming girls, as just another teen-age phenomenon. I must have read in some column that this film was interesting for its direction and photography. That was true. What I did not expect was that I would be caught up by the Beatles themselves, both as personalities and as musicians. Those who comment adversely on their lack of acting ability are way off base, because neither they nor the director were looking for dramatic skill; only for a degree of naturalness, which was achieved. Those who criticize the technical aspects are not well-acquainted with new developments in film technique especially in France; for instance, the jump shot. Those who criticize lack of plot must be interested only in straight narrative. I suggest that all the previously mentioned critics see the documentary materials on the making of the film, particularly those contained in the DVD set. They will see, for better or worse, that the creators and performers achieved what they wanted, allowing room for the unexpected. For forty years now I have been an admirer, own all their recordings, etc.; and taught this movie in my history of film class regularly. Don't believe the nay-sayers; see for yourself.


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