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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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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 August 1965 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

¡Socorro! 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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Did You Know?

Trivia

In the pub scene, the other three Beatles are persuading Sir Ringo Starr to have his ring finger amputated. Ringo refuses, insisting that he will miss the digit. Sir Paul McCartney counters with, "Well, you didn't miss your tonsils, did you?" Ringo actually underwent a tonsillectomy two months prior to filming. See more »

Goofs

During the performance of "Help!" in the beginning of the movie, Ringo is wearing the sacrificial ring in the close-ups but not in the other shots. Also, in the close-ups, Ringo and his drums are on a much shorter riser than in the other shots. See more »

Quotes

Ringo: They kept pulling me nose! Mine of all noses!
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Crazy Credits

During the closing credits, you can see Paul McCartney take a bong hit, then proceed to blow smoke into the camera. 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

Spoofs The Defiant Ones (1958) See more »

Soundtracks

You're Going to Lose That Girl
(1965) (uncredited)
Written by John Lennon
Performed by The Beatles
Published by Capitol Records
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Outdo A Hard Day's Night?!? Why?
13 November 1999 | by avtSee all my reviews

With all due respect to the doctor, the Beatles clearly had no intention of "outdo(ing) 'A Hard Day's Night.'" A little historical perspective will show that, unlike many entertainers of the day, the Beatles were obviously not too concerned with `selling out' or cashing in on a proven formula nor were they obsessed with the quality of the finished product necessarily. Lennon was later quoted as saying that the `best bits were left on the cutting room floor To suggest, however, that the Beatles were trying to `outdo A Hard Day's Night' is just unadulterated ignorance. One has to take into account that, in the sixties (especially in the Beatles' entourage), artistic integrity stood for something. Selling out was frowned upon and just wasn't what the Beatles did.

The restored film by The Four Media Company is worth searching out, as it contains the original version of the title song, `Help!,' which differs distinctly from the album, more well-known, version of the song. This version was originally released with the movie and the single, and was later eliminated from the album soundtrack in favor of a more polished version. In my own humble opinion, the version of the song `Help!' that originally appeared in the film release seems to represent more of how Lennon had intended the song. He's on record as stating that he always wanted to redo the song. It's not as upbeat as the album version, but it seems silly now to sing this song upbeat, given the subject matter.


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