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A Hard Day's Night ()


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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 TV performance.

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  • Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 5 nominations.
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The Beatles
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John
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Paul
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George
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Ringo
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Grandfather
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Norm
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Shake
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T.V. Director
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Millie
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Police Inspector
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Man on Train
Edward Malin ...
Hotel Waiter (as Eddie Malin)
Robin Ray ...
T.V. Floor Manager
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T.V. Choreographer
Alison Seebohm ...
Secretary
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Young Boy (as David Jaxon)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lewis Alexander ...
Casino Patron (uncredited)
Tony Allen ...
Sound Man (uncredited)
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Lead Makeup Woman (uncredited)
Roger Avon ...
Policeman Following Ringo (uncredited)
Sheila Aza ...
Reporter (uncredited)
Del Baker ...
Actor in Canteen (uncredited)
Roy Beck ...
Reporter (uncredited)
Bruce Beeby ...
Man Talking to Casino Manager (uncredited)
Jack 'Kid' Berg ...
Pub Patron (uncredited)
Charlie Bird ...
Groundskeeper (uncredited)
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Actress (uncredited)
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Car Thief (uncredited)
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Jean (uncredited)
Andrea Brett ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
Terry Brooks ...
Urchin (uncredited)
Robin Burns ...
Sweeper (uncredited)
Prudence Bury ...
Rita (uncredited)
Alf Casha ...
Pub Patron (uncredited)
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Showgirl (uncredited)
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Champagne Waiter at Casino (uncredited)
John Clifford ...
Actor in Canteen (uncredited)
Anne Clune ...
Journalist (uncredited)
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Seated Fan with Necktie (uncredited)
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Barman (uncredited)
Fred Davis ...
Casino Manager (uncredited)
Billy Dean ...
Pub Patron (uncredited)
Hugh Elton ...
Security Guard (uncredited)
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Man in Crowd (uncredited)
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Stagehand (uncredited)
Peter Evans ...
Casino Patron (uncredited)
Roy Everson ...
Reporter (uncredited)
Sheila Fearn ...
Makeup Lady (uncredited)
Suzanne Fleuret ...
Reporter (uncredited)
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Club Doorman (uncredited)
Chick Fowles ...
Reporter in Theatre Lobby (uncredited)
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Brunette Showgirl (uncredited)
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Party Guest (uncredited)
Alan Gibbs ...
Actor in Canteen (uncredited)
Bob Godfrey ...
Man in Pub (uncredited)
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Simon Marshall (uncredited)
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Dancer at Disco (uncredited)
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Man at Casino (uncredited)
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Man in Police Station (uncredited)
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Adrian (uncredited)
Terry Hooper ...
Casino Croupier (uncredited)
Ric Hutton ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
Gerry Judge ...
Dancer at the Disco (uncredited)
Clare Kelly ...
Barmaid (uncredited)
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Man on Train (uncredited)
Lavinia Lang ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
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Actor (uncredited)
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Man in Back of the Stage (uncredited)
Aileen Lewis ...
Casino Patron (uncredited)
Al Lewis ...
Gambler (uncredited)
Linda Lewis ...
Audience Member (uncredited)
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Tall Dancer at the Disco (uncredited)
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Girl at Disco (uncredited)
Jane Lumb ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
Fred Machon ...
Train Passenger (uncredited)
Terence Maidment ...
Club dancer (uncredited)
Jack Mandeville ...
Man in Studio Canteen (uncredited)
Mary Maxfield ...
Reporter (uncredited)
Manny Michael ...
Pub Patron (uncredited)
Dougie Millings ...
Tailor (uncredited)
Richard Neller ...
Casino Patron (uncredited)
Peter Newton ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
Derek Nimmo ...
Leslie Jackson (uncredited)
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Grandfather's Girl at Casino (uncredited)
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Pub Patron (uncredited)
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Reporter (uncredited)
Chalmers Peddie ...
Security Guard (uncredited)
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Girl at Disco (uncredited)
Bob Raymond ...
Stagehand (uncredited)
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Man with Sandwich in Pub (uncredited)
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Girl at Disco (uncredited)
Len Saunders ...
Security Guard (uncredited)
Sally Sheridan ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
Geraldine Sherman ...
Girl Outside Secondhand Shop (uncredited)
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Workman (uncredited)
Sadie Slade ...
Party Guest (uncredited)
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Party Goer (uncredited)
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Society Reporter (uncredited)
Bill Strange ...
Stagehand (uncredited)
Fred Stroud ...
Pub Patron (uncredited)
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Policeman (uncredited)
Laura Thurlow ...
Ringo's Pothole Girlfriend (uncredited)
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Journalist (uncredited)
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Casino Manager (uncredited)
Hedger Wallace ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
Shalini Waran ...
T.V. Studio Audience Member (uncredited)
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Minor Role (uncredited)
Susan Whitman ...
Susan (uncredited)
Tina Williams ...
Tina (uncredited)
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Doorman (uncredited)
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Pub Patron (Animated Drinker Behind Ringo) (uncredited)
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Police Constable (uncredited)

Directed by

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Richard Lester

Written by

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Alun Owen ... (original screenplay)

Produced by

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Denis O'Dell ... associate producer
David V. Picker ... executive producer (uncredited)
Walter Shenson ... producer

Cinematography by

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Gilbert Taylor ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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John Jympson

Editorial Department

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Dan Edelstein ... editorial coordinator: special edition re-release
Romeo Fornoles ... timer: 4-Media Co. Film Laboratory restoration
Stephen Schwartz ... assistant editor: special edition re-release
Charlotte Stobbs ... apprentice editor
Kenny B. Stuart ... post-production coordinator: special edition re-release
Pamela Tomling ... assistant editor
Roy Benson ... assistant editor (uncredited)

Casting By

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Irene Lamb ... (uncredited)

Art Direction by

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Ray Simm

Costume Design by

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Julie Harris
Dougie Millings ... (uncredited)

Makeup Department

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Betty Glasow ... hairdresser
John O'Gorman ... makeup artist

Production Management

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John Rogers ... executive in charge of production: Miramax (as John S. Rogers Jr.)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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John D. Merriman ... assistant director
Alex Carver-Hill ... second assistant director (uncredited)
Bob Howard ... third assistant director (uncredited)
Barrie Melrose ... second assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

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William Alexander ... draughtsman (uncredited)
George Lack ... assistant art director (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Michael Barry ... sound re-mixer: Sound One Corp.
Carles Berot ... dubbing supervisor
H.L. Bird ... sound recordist
Stephen Dalby ... sound recordist
Gordon Daniel ... sound editor
Michael DiCosimo ... sound consultant: Dolby Laboratories
Kevin Reeves ... sound engineer: Polygram Studios
Dominick Tavella ... sound re-mixer: Sound One Corp.
Gerry Humphreys ... re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Jim Roddan ... sound editor (uncredited)
Mike Silverlock ... sound camera operator (uncredited)
Frank Sloggett ... boom assistant (uncredited)
Don Wortham ... boom operator (uncredited)

Visual Effects by

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Ronnie Wass ... optical effects: titles (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Derek V. Browne ... camera operator
Jack Atcheler ... second camera operator (uncredited)
Neil Binney ... second camera operator (uncredited)
Bert Cann ... still photographer (uncredited)
Peter Ewens ... clapper loader (uncredited)
Roy Ford ... focus puller (uncredited)
Paul Wilson ... camera operator (uncredited)

Music Department

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John Lennon ... songs by
George Martin ... musical director
Paul McCartney ... songs by
George Martin ... composer: incidental music (uncredited) / music arranger (uncredited) / music producer (uncredited) / performer: "This Boy: Ringo's Theme" (uncredited)

Script and Continuity Department

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Rita Davison ... continuity

Additional Crew

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Robert Freeman ... titles design
Andrew Herwitz ... business affairs: Miramax
Mal Evans ... private assistant: The Beatles (uncredited)
Beryl Harvey ... production secretary (uncredited)
Astrid Kirchherr ... still photgrapher (uncredited)
George 'Bud' Ornstein ... production executive: United Artists (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines The Beatles starring in their first full-length, hilarious action-packed film ! See more »
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Also Known As
  • Beatlemania (United Kingdom)
  • The Beatles (United Kingdom)
  • Beatles No. 1 (United Kingdom)
  • Quatre garçons dans le vent (France)
  • Quatre Garçons dans le vent (France)
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Runtime
  • 87 min
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Budget $560,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia John Lennon's written answer to the female reporter asking him if he has any hobbies is the word "tits." See more »
Goofs Whilst the closing credits say that all the songs were written by Lennon and McCartney, the soundtrack includes "Don't Bother Me," written by George Harrison. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into The Beatles: She Loves You - A Hard Day's Night Version (1964). See more »
Soundtracks A Hard Day's Night See more »
Crazy Credits The opening credits are set to a sequence of the Beatles running from a mob of fans. See more »
Quotes George: That's not your grandfather!
Paul: It is, you know.
George: But I've seen your grandfather! He lives in your house!
Paul: Oh, that's my other grandfather, but he's my grandfather, as well.
John: How do you reckon that one out?
Paul: Well, everyone's entitled to two, aren't they?
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