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A Hard Day's Night

  • Comedy
  • Musical
  • 1964
  • Richard Lester
  • 84 mins
  • PG

Summary

Musical comedy starring the Beatles in their movie debut. John, Paul, George and Ringo set off for London, where they are due to take part in a live TV show. But the antics of Paul's mischievous grandfather throw the performance into jeopardy. Includes the classic songs A Hard Day's Night, Tell Me Why, I Should Have Known Better, She Loves You, This Boy, Can't Buy Me Love, I Wanna Be Your Man and All My Loving.

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Review

For those who still miss John Lennon’s sardonic wit and soulful falsettos, this fondly curated evening of tributes stands as a welcome commemoration.
It kicks off with the 1964 film A Hard Day’s Night, made during a hugely prolific period that saw the Beatles bridging their early teenybopper days with their more sophisticated later songwriting.
The fulcrum of the night, however, is Michael Epstein’s evocative 2011 doc Lennon: the New York Years, which charts John and Yoko’s move to the Big Apple in 1971. Although it’s a difficult period, which begins with a legal dispute and ends in murder, there’s lots to celebrate in between.
It’s fun to speculate on what Lennon might have subsequently achieved: from political activism and conceptual art to novelty hits and TV voiceovers. In the end, all we can do is imagine.

Credits

Cast

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JohnJohn Lennon
PaulPaul McCartney
GeorgeGeorge Harrison
RingoRingo Starr
GrandfatherWilfrid Brambell
NormNorman Rossington
ShakeJohn Junkin
TV directorVictor Spinetti
MillieAnna Quayle
Police inspectorDeryck Guyler
Man on trainRichard Vernon
Hotel waiterEddie Malin
TV floor managerRobin Ray
TV choreographerLionel Blair
SimonKenneth Haigh
Car thiefJohn Bluthal
JeanPattie Boyd
Seated fan with necktiePhil Collins
Man in crowdBrian Epstein
Dancer at discoSusan Hampshire
AdrianJulian Holloway
ActorDavid Langton
Tall dancer at discoJeremy Lloyd
Leslie JacksonDerek Nimmo
Grandfather's girl at casinoMargaret Nolan
Girl at discoCharlotte Rampling

Crew

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DirectorRichard Lester

Details

Theatrical distributor
Metrodome
Released on
2014-07-04
Languages
English | German | French
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Black and white

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