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Help! (1965)

Sir Ringo Starr finds himself the human sacrifice target of a cult, and his fellow members of The Beatles must try to protect him from it.

Director:

Richard Lester

Writers:

Marc Behm (screenplay), Charles Wood (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
The Beatles ... The Beatles
Leo McKern ... Clang
Eleanor Bron ... Ahme
Victor Spinetti ... Foot
Roy Kinnear ... Algernon
John Bluthal ... Bhuta
Patrick Cargill ... Superintendent
Alfie Bass ... Doorman
Warren Mitchell ... Abdul
Peter Copley ... Jeweller
Bruce Lacey Bruce Lacey ... Lawnmower
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Storyline

An Eastern cult discovers that the sacrificial ring is missing. Sir Ringo Starr, drummer of The Beatles has it; sent by the girl (who's to be sacrificed) as a gift. Clang, Ahme, Bhuta, and several cult members leave for London to retrieve the ring. After several failed attempts to steal the ring, they confront him in an Indian restaurant. Ringo learns that if he does not return the ring soon, he will become the next sacrifice. Ringo then discovers that the ring is stuck on his finger. Its a race against time; John Lennon, Sir Paul McCartney, and George Harrison try to protect their friend while they're all being chased not only by Clang and his minions, but also by two mad scientists and the Chief Inspector of Scotland yard. Will Ringo be saved, or will he be sacrificed? Written by Erin Pelicano

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Taglines:

Stop Worrying! HELP! Is On The Way! See more »


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 August 1965 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Help! See more »

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Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono | Dolby Digital (re-release)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

There are many references to the James Bond film franchise, as United Artists also distributed those movies. See more »

Goofs

When the ring slips off Ringo's finger, he says "It's off I'm saved", when he says that, his mouth isn't moving. See more »

Quotes

Ringo: [to Clang after he has taken off the ring and put it on Clang] Get sacrificed! I don't subscribe to your religion!
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Crazy Credits

While the music is playing at the end (Overture from "Il bariere di Siviglia"), the Beatles are jokingly singing along with it and occasionally reading the credits. See more »

Alternate Versions

When released on video for the first time in 1989, the film remained in mono but the songs were remixed into stereo, dubbed over with the recordings from the stereo album. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Fonz and the Happy Days Gang: Kelp! (1981) See more »

Soundtracks

Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125
(1824) (uncredited)
Written by Ludwig van Beethoven
Sung a cappella by many people
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that Ringo is something else
12 June 2005 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

Okay, so "Help!" isn't quite as creative as "A Hard Day's Night", but the Beatles always were able to do something good. In this case, Ringo happens to have a sacrificial ring belonging to a religious cult. So, the cult sets about trying to get it back. When they fail, they decide to sacrifice Ringo. Meanwhile, a scientist (Victor Spinetti) wants the ring for his own purposes. And of course, there's plenty of great music along the way.

In a way, the whole movie is sort of an excuse to be wacky. Whether it's the seemingly separate apartments that turn out to be one big room, the trap door activated by a glass, the skiing tournament, or the whole Bahamas sequence, they've got something neat every step of the way. Leo McKern, as cult leader Clang, and Eleanor Bron, as cultist Ahme who tries to protect Ringo, provide cool supporting roles.

I guess that if I ever get a woman to watch "Help!" with me, I'll never "Lose That Girl".


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