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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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Nominated for 2 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 3 nominations. See more awards »

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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:

The colorful adventures of the Beatles are more colorful than ever...in color! (Poster). See more »


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

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Trivia

This was the first color movie for director of photography David Watkin. See more »

Goofs

In the scene where Prof. Foot and Algernon are trying to get the ring off Ringo in their lab and Ahme comes in to rescue them, the door she enters is red. Then after she comes in, it is gray. See more »

Quotes

George: [referring to Ringo's finger] Hey, there might be some insurance.
John: I wouldn't think of such a thing!
[whispering]
John: Find out, eh?
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Crazy Credits

During the opening credits, the sacrificial high priest and his followers are throwing darts at the Beatles on the projection screen. Each dart begins a new credit. See more »

Alternate Versions

The TMC version of Help! Is missing many of the sub titles and there is no announcer's voice at the intermission. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Littlest Pet Shop: Alligators and Handbags (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

I'm Happy Just to Dance with You
(1964) (uncredited)
Written by John Lennon
Played by a band during the bike-riding scene
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Great fun, great music - what's not to like?
4 October 2007 | by neil-476See all my reviews

Help! has had a bad press, dating back to the 60s - when John Lennon criticises his own work, people listen.

But John wasn't really being fair. His disappointment (and similar comments from the others) reflect that, in this film, the Beatles were playing characters rather than, as in A Hard Day's Night, imitations of themselves.

Personally, I don't see the difference. Unless the cameras are fly-on-the-wall filming you in real life, then you're playing a character - that's what a fiction film is all about! And the Beatles played characters based on themselves in both A Hard Day's Night and Help!, it's just that the former film was staged in a more cine-verite manner.

Help!, on the other hand, is pure escapist nonsense. It's colourful, it has an actual plot (wildly improbable as it might be), the four Beatles discharge their responsibilities adequately, there are some lovely little throwaway bits of humour (check out Paul, Eleanor Bron, George, and the winking), and above everything, the music is great.

Just take it as an opportunity to go back to the summer of 1965 and relish the Beatles providing fun at the height of their popularity!


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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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Box Office

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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