Help!

Help!

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Director: Richard Lester

Cast: Richard Lester, The Beatles, Leo McKern

     
 

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In their second feature with director Richard Lester, who oversaw the massive hit A Hard Day's Night, the Beatles again aim for a mix of goofy comedy and sterling pop music. There is slightly more of a plot this time, though it is a patently ridiculous one: a sacred ruby ring comes into Ringo's possession, attracting the unwelcome attention of an exoticSee more details below

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In their second feature with director Richard Lester, who oversaw the massive hit A Hard Day's Night, the Beatles again aim for a mix of goofy comedy and sterling pop music. There is slightly more of a plot this time, though it is a patently ridiculous one: a sacred ruby ring comes into Ringo's possession, attracting the unwelcome attention of an exotic religious cult and forcing the boys to go on the run. This chase narrative is thankfully never taken too seriously, serving mainly as an excuse for colorful excursions to international locations from Europe to the Bahamas. The musical numbers include such classic tunes as "Ticket to Ride," "You've Got to Hide Your Love Away," and, of course, "Help!."

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Donald Gray
After the playful day-in-the-life comedy of A Hard Day's Night, director Richard Lester led the Beatles through an even more off-kilter romp in this, their second feature. A musical spoof of a James Bond movie, the action tracks the Fab Four to the four corners of the earth with a fanatical religious cult in constant pursuit. It seems they're after a divine relic that has fallen into, or rather onto, Ringo's unwitting hand. While not quite as masterful a film as A Hard Day's Night, Help! brims with visual ideas and exuberant adventure. The avalanche of clever sight gags would give the Austin Powers movies a run for their money. The songs remain magnificent, and they come at a relentless pace: "Ticket to Ride" is performed amid skiing hijinks on the Swiss Alps; Stonehenge affords "The Night Before" a gloomy backdrop; and "You've Got to Hide Your Love Away" glistens in an intimate studio performance. Digitally remastered and with eight minutes of bonus footage, this is a wonderful new edition of a rock 'n' roll classic.
All Movie Guide
Help! offered one outwardly noticeable difference from 1964's A Hard Day's Night: it was in color. If it seemed less fresh, that was because it built on the techniques of the earlier film. As with A Hard Day's Night, the acting abilities of the Fab Four, along with a bizarre and thin plot, made way for the performance of a number of songs. In a way, Help!, with its emphasis on new songs, campy performances by pop stars, and lots of action to fill up the screen, is a forerunner to music videos. Compared to earlier music films starring Elvis or Frank Sinatra, Help!'s pacing and approach are much more frenzied. Lester seemed to find the right tone for Help!, creating an enjoyable portrait of the Beatles and never allowing the film to take itself too seriously. His style would later be co-opted by Bob Rafaelson for the Monkees' television series in the '60s and has continued to influence rock musicals like Spice World in 1998.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/06/2007
UPC:
5099950951994
Original Release:
1965
Rating:
NR
Source:
Capitol
Region Code:
0
Presentation:
[Wide Screen, Color]
Sound:
[stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:36:00
Sales rank:
84,420

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Beatles Themselves
Leo McKern Clang
Eleanor Bron Ahme
Victor Spinetti Prof. Foot
Roy Kinnear Algernon
Patrick Cargill Superintendent
John Bluthal Bhuta
Alfie Bass Doorman
Warren Mitchell Abdul
Peter Copley Jeweller
Bruce Lacey Lawnmower
Thomas Baptiste Actor
Ronnie Brody Actor
Golda Casimir Cleaner in Temple
Vera Cook Actor
Rupert Holliday Evans Priest,Thug
Mary Ford Actor
Gretchen Franklin Woman in Street
Jeremy Lloyd Actor
Andrea Malandrinos Austrian Waiter
Zienia Merton Actor
Dandy Nichols Woman in Street
Jenny Till Actor
Ian Wilson Actor
Eve Eden Actor
Edith Saville Actor
Joe Gibbons Actor
Susan Reid Actor
Stewart Guidotti Actor
Blake Butler Actor
Alex MacIntosh Actor
George Harrison Actor
Mal Evans Cross Channel Swimmer
John Lennon Actor
Paul McCartney Actor
Ringo Starr Actor
John Louis Mansi Actor

Technical Credits
Richard Lester Director
Neil Aspinall Executive Producer
Marc Behm Original Story,Screenwriter
Jonathan Clyde Producer
Dinah Greet Costumes/Costume Designer
Julie Harris Costumes/Costume Designer
George Harrison Songwriter
John Lennon Songwriter
Paul McCartney Songwriter
Arthur Newman Costumes/Costume Designer
John Pellatt Production Manager
Cliff John Richardson Special Effects
Walter Shenson Producer
Ray Simm Art Director
John Victor Smith Editor
Ken Thorne Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
David Watkin Cinematographer
Roy Whybrow Special Effects
Charles Wood Screenwriter

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Help!
1. "Kali" [1:07]
2. Help! [3:03]
3. "Lovely Lads and So Natural" [4:44]
4. "Psst Hey, Beatle" [4:02]
5. You're Going to Lose That Girl [4:45]
6. "He's From the West" [4:59]
7. The Specialists [5:07]
8. You've Got to Hide Your Love Away [3:24]
9. Small Paul [6:35]
10. Ticket to Ride [8:42]
11. "A Different Religion From Ours I Think" [1:43]
12. I Need You [4:10]
13. The Night Before [6:03]
14. A Well Known Palace [5:37]
15. One More Fiendish Attempt [4:40]
16. The Bahamas [2:29]
17. Another Girl [3:40]
18. "Right to the Temple" [6:38]
19. The Very Famous Plan [5:21]
20. Help! - Finale [2:19]
21. End Credits [2:49]

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