See more awards ». See all 4 videos ». See all photos ». Edit Cast Cast overview, first billed only: The Beatles The Beatles John Lennon John Paul McCartney Paul George Harrison George Ringo Starr Ringo Wilfrid Brambell Grandfather Norman Rossington Norm John Junkin Shake Victor Spinetti Director Anna Quayle Millie Deryck Guyler Police Inspector Richard Vernon Man on Train Edward Malin Floor Manager Lionel Blair Choreographer See full cast ».
Edit Storyline A day and a half in the life of the Fab Four leading up to a televised concert gig. Plot Keywords: the beatles beatlemania rock 'n' roll s man in a bathtub See All ». Genres: Comedy Musical. Certificate: G See all certifications ». Parents Guide: View content advisory ». Edit Did You Know? Trivia Writer Alun Owen put together the plot of the movie while following The Beatles around on their tour of France before they went to America.
He also picked up their manners of speech, and their daily routines, with which he created the plot. Despite the comic elements, it really was a "day-in-the-life" look at The Beatles. See more ». However, he plays his electric guitar throughout the concert. Quotes Reporter : Do you often see your father? Paul : No, actually, we're just good friends. Crazy Credits Deryck Guyler is credited as 'Police Inspector' though it is clearly established that he is only a sergeant.
He writes:. If you had to explain the Beatles' impact to a stranger, you'd play them the soundtrack to A Hard Day's Night. The songs, conceived in a hotel room in a spare couple of weeks between up-ending the British class system and conquering America, were full of bite and speed. There was adventure, knowingness, love, and abundant charm. A Hard Day's Night has also appeared in critics' lists of the best albums of all time published by the NME , in at number 33 , number 73 and number ; Mojo , in number 81 ; and Uncut , in number Most of the rest of the tracks appeared in stereo on compact disc for the first time with the release of the box set The Capitol Albums, Volume 1 in On 9 September , a remastered version of this album was released and was the first time the album appeared in stereo on compact disc in its entirety.
All tracks are written by Lennon—McCartney. BPI certification awarded only for sales since The American version of the album was released on 26 June by United Artists Records in both mono and stereo, the fourth Beatles album in the United States. The album went to number one on the Billboard album chart , spending 14 weeks there, the longest run of any album that year.
All seven songs from the film, the first side of the UK album, were featured along with "I'll Cry Instead", which, although written for the film, was cut at the last minute. While the stereo version of the album included the instrumental tracks in true stereo, the Beatles' own recordings appeared as electronically rechannelled stereo recordings made from the mono releases.
The Capitol Records reissue used the same master tape as the original United Artists LP release in fake stereo, despite the availability of several tracks with official true stereo remixes.
True stereo versions of most of the songs had been issued on the Capitol album Something New , released in July This CD reissue features all of the songs in both true stereo and mono mixes.
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They leave through a fire escape and cavort in a field until forced off by the owner. Back in the studios, they are separated when a woman named Millie recognises John but cannot recall who he is.
George is lured into a trendmonger's office to audition for an ad with a popular female model. The boys all return to rehearse a second song, and after a quick trip to makeup, smoothly go through a third and earn a break.
With an hour before the final run-through, Ringo is forced to chaperone Paul's grandfather and takes him to the canteen for tea while he reads a book. The grandfather manipulates Ringo into going outside to experience life rather than reading books, passing a surprised John and Paul on the way out. He tries to have a quiet drink in a pub, takes pictures, walks alongside the river and rides a bicycle along a railway station platform.
The grandfather makes a break for it, runs back to the studio and tells the others about Ringo. Norm sends John, Paul and George to retrieve him. While doing so, the boys wind up in a Keystone Cops -style foot chase before arriving back at the studio with Ringo, with only minutes to spare before airtime. The televised concert goes on as planned, after which the Beatles are whisked away to another performance via helicopter.
The screenplay was written by Alun Owen , who was chosen because the Beatles were familiar with his play No Trams to Lime Street , and he had shown an aptitude for Liverpudlian dialogue. McCartney commented, "Alun hung around with us and was careful to try and put words in our mouths that he might've heard us speak, so I thought he did a very good script. The script comments cheekily on the Beatles' fame. For instance, at one point a fan, played by Anna Quayle , apparently recognises John Lennon , though she does not actually mention Lennon's name, saying only "you are He demurs, saying his face is not quite right for "him", initiating a surreal dialogue ending with the fan, after she puts on her glasses, agreeing that Lennon doesn't "look like him at all", and Lennon saying to himself that "she looks more like him than I do".
When Ringo is asked if he's a mod or a rocker , he replies: "Uh, no, I'm a mocker",  a line derived from a joke he made on the TV show Ready Steady Go! Audiences also responded to the Beatles' brash social impudence. Director Richard Lester said, "The general aim of the film was to present what was apparently becoming a social phenomenon in this country.
Anarchy is too strong a word, but the quality of confidence that the boys exuded! Confidence that they could dress as they liked, speak as they liked, talk to the Queen as they liked, talk to the people on the train who 'fought the war for them' as they liked. The Beatles were the first people to attack this You can do it. Forget all this talk about talent or ability or money or speech.
Just do it. Despite the fact that the original working titles of the film were first The Beatles and then Beatlemania , the group's name is never spoken in the film  —it is, however, visible on Ringo's drum kit, on the stage lighting, and on the helicopter in the final scene.
The television performance scene also contains a visual pun on the group's name, with photos of beetles visible on the wall behind the dancers. The film was meant to be released in July , and since it was already March when Lester got to filming, the entire film had to be produced over a period of sixteen weeks.
Unlike most productions, it was filmed in near sequential order, as stated by Lennon in The Beatles had joined the actors' union, Equity , only that morning. From 23 to 30 March, filming moved to the Scala Theatre ,  and on 31 March, concert footage was shot there, although the group mimed to backing tracks.
McCartney angrily replied, "Look, if we can understand a fucking cowboy talking Texan, they can understand us talking Liverpool. The film's costumes—except for those of the Beatles themselves—were designed by Julie Harris. The recurring joke that he was very "clean" reflects a contrast to his sitcom role, where he was always referred to as a "dirty old man". In other roles, Norman Rossington played the Beatles' manager Norm, John Junkin played the group's road manager Shake, and Victor Spinetti played the television director.
Brian Epstein , the group's real manager, had an uncredited bit part. The supporting cast included Richard Vernon as the "city gent" on the train and Lionel Blair as a featured dancer.
There were also various cameos. David Janson billed as David Jaxon here played the small boy met by Ringo on his "walkabout". Rooney Massara , who went on to compete in the Munich Olympics , was the sculler in the river in the "walkabout" scene by the river at Kew uncredited.
Kenneth Haigh appeared as an advertising executive who mistakes George for a "new phenomenon. Mal Evans , one of the Beatles' road managers, also appears briefly in the film—moving an upright bass through a tight hallway as Lennon talks with the woman who mistakes him for someone else. George Harrison met his wife-to-be, Patricia Boyd , on the set when she made a brief uncredited appearance as one of the schoolgirls on the train.
His initial overtures to her were spurned because she had a boyfriend at the time, but he persisted and they were married within 18 months. The film had to be edited slightly to obtain the U certificate for British cinemas. The phrase "get knotted" allegedly in reel 7 of the original submission was judged inappropriate for a U film and had to be removed.
The film premiered at the Pavilion Theatre in London on 6 July —the eve of Ringo Starr 's 24th birthday—and the soundtrack was released four days later. The website's critics consensus reads: " A Hard Day's Night , despite its age, is still a delight to watch and has proven itself to be a rock-and-roll movie classic. Time magazine called the film "One of the smoothest, freshest, funniest films ever made for purposes of exploitation.
In , Time. The Beatles are portrayed as likeable young lads who are constantly amazed at the attention they receive and who want nothing more than a little peace and quiet; however, they have to deal with screaming crowds, journalists who ask nonsensical questions, and authority figures who constantly look down upon them.
British critic Leslie Halliwell states the film's influence as "it led directly to all the kaleidoscopic swinging London spy thrillers and comedies of the later sixties". Today when we watch TV and see quick cutting, hand-held cameras, interviews conducted on the run with moving targets, quickly intercut snatches of dialogue, music under documentary action and all the other trademarks of the modern style, we are looking at the children of A Hard Day's Night ".
Over time, his brash editorial style became a norm, now celebrated every night around the world in hundreds of music videos on MTV and in countless commercials. The film's title originated from something said by Ringo Starr , who described it this way in an interview with disc jockey Dave Hull in "We went to do a job, and we'd worked all day and we happened to work all night.
I came up still thinking it was day I suppose, and I said, 'It's been a hard day According to Lennon in a interview with Playboy magazine: "I was going home in the car, and Dick Lester suggested the title, 'Hard Day's Night' from something Ringo had said.
You know, one of those malapropisms. A Ringo-ism, where he said it not to be funny So Dick Lester said, 'We are going to use that title. In a interview for The Beatles Anthology , however, McCartney disagreed with Lennon's recollections, recalling that it was the Beatles, and not Lester, who had come up with the idea of using Starr's verbal misstep: "The title was Ringo's. We'd almost finished making the film, and this fun bit arrived that we'd not known about before, which was naming the film.
So we were sitting around at Twickenham studios having a little brain-storming session And he said after a concert, 'Phew, it's been a hard day's night. Yet another version of events appeared in ; producer Walter Shenson said that Lennon had described to him some of Starr's funnier gaffes, including "a hard day's night", whereupon Shenson immediately decided that that was going to be the title of the film.
Regardless of which of these origin stories is the true one, the original tentative title for the film had been "Beatlemania" and when the new title was agreed upon, it became necessary to write and quickly record a new title song , which was completed on 16 April, just eight days before filming was finished. Here We Come! In , Pan Books published a novelisation of the film by author John Burke , described as "based on the original screenplay by Alun Owen".
The book was priced at two shillings and sixpence and contained an 8-page section of photographs from the film. It is the first book in the English language to have the word 'grotty' in print.
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