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You Can't Do That! The Making of 'A Hard Day's Night' (1995)

Thirty years after A Hard Day's Night, its producer, director, writer and others describe its making. United Artists Records came to Walter Shenson, asking him to produce a movie so UA ... See full summary »


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Complete credited cast:
Phil Collins ... Himself - Host
Micky Dolenz ... Himself
Roger Ebert ... Himself - Film Critic
Michael Friend Michael Friend ... Himself
Debbie Gendler Debbie Gendler ... Herself - New Jersey Fan Club President
Julie Harris ... Herself - Wardrobe Designer
Richard Lester ... Himself - Director
Roger McGuinn ... Himself - Founding Member of The Byrds
Peter Noone ... Himself - Lead Singer of Herman's Hermits
Alun Owen Alun Owen ... Himself - Screenwriter
Norman Rossington ... Himself - Cast Member
Victor Spinetti ... Himself - Cast Member
Walter Shenson Walter Shenson ... Himself - Producer
George Harrison ... Himself (voice)
Paul McCartney ... Himself (voice)


Thirty years after A Hard Day's Night, its producer, director, writer and others describe its making. United Artists Records came to Walter Shenson, asking him to produce a movie so UA could issue a soundtrack album. Shenson signed Lester to direct, and they got the Beatles to agree to star. Shenson sent Owen to Dublin to spend time with the Fab Four; from this came a script built around their being prisoners of their own success. Phil Collins, himself an extra on A Hard Day's Night, hosts this examination of a seminal film: what was ad-libbed, why was it a hit, what was its influence on other movies, and how did it define the way the public viewed each Beatle for years to come? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Richard Lester: MTV gave me a very nice diploma at one time, or something on vellum, saying that I was the putative father of MTV. But I've insisted on a blood test.
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Crazy Credits

When the "Special Thanks" credit comes up, under those words it says in parentheses "In Order of Shoe Size" but it really is in alphabetical order by their last names. See more »


References À propos de Nice (1930) See more »


I Should Have Known Better
(1964) (uncredited)
Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney
Performed by The Beatles
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"Why Did You Bother Doing That".. WHY??! It's ALL been heard before!
8 August 2002 | by hooker_67See all my reviews

Naturally, I've had the experience of viewing the movie "A Hard Day's Night" (and quite amused I was by it too), I really AM an avid fan of the Fab-Four, but Fab this video was not. The only leg this spin-off documentary has to stand on is the fact that "A Hard Day's Night" is part of it's subtitle.

In my opinion, there wasn't half enough "behind-the-scenes footage" to justify having claimed that on the box, in reality it was all just a re-hash of clips from the original movie. (I'm serious!!) The interviews were stale, never mind uninformative, I suspect that some were filmed well before 1995, and to top it off it's ALL been heard before!

I'm telling you, the pleasant narration by Phil Collins was almost the ONLY light at the end of this tunnel. (Aside from the Beatle content of course!!)

I believe my main ill with this video is that it tried to represent itself as something it is not. I watched in anticipation of finding out what went on behind the cameras during the filming? Were there any major hic-ups as the film was in production? An hour passed, I ejected the tape from my VCR, and was left STILL WONDERING!

My only conclusion is that this video was released purely on the shoulders of the "Anthology" project, a cash-in aimed at Beatlemaniacs who would be open to the hype.

You know, "You Can't Do That" is much like the video version of an ugly friend that hangs around, after the party's over, in the faint hope of picking up some unwitting soul... please don't get dubbed; in this case, your money would be better spent on buying 6 months supply of toothbrushes!

"You Can't Do That"... more like, "Why Did You Bother Doing That? Huh?"

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