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 exotic…  See 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:
5099951034795
Original Release:
1965
Rating:
NR
Source:
Capitol
Region Code:
0
Presentation:
[Wide Screen, Color]
Sound:
[stereo]
Time:
1:36:00
Sales rank:
502

Special Features

Disc 1: Help!, restored, with a 5.1 digital soundtrack.
Disc 2: "The Beatles in Help!," a 30-minute making-of documentary with Richard Lester, the cast and crew, including exclusive behind-the-scenes footage of The Beatles on set; a deleted scene featuring Wendy Richard; "The Restoration of Help!," an in-depth look at the restoration process; cast and crew "Memories of Help!,"; two U.S. trailers and 1 Spanish trailer; 1965 U.S. radio spots (hidden in the menus).

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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Help! 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I was 16 "A Hard Day's Night" came out in theaters -- "July of 1964" and I saw the film so many times I could recite it scene by scene by the time school started back up in September. There they were, all four Beatles, on screen, with faces 60 feet wide... I was in heaven. What 16 year old girl wasn't? It was a perfect film for black and white and if Ted Turner ever decides to colorize it... someone please take him to have his head examined. NOW... "HELP" ...their first film in living color! These guys were a riot! Perfect Liverpudlian humor and timing, they were handsome, full of fun and life... the music was great... ::::sigh:::: As a 59 year old I can tell you it doesn't hurt one bit to know that I will be 60 on my next birthday -- for I was a teenager at the most perfect time on earth! I was there when the Beatles first started their love affair with the world. Their musical gifts will go on longer than any of us who are here now.... and films like "HELP" will continue to entertain and make happy those of us fortunate enough to see it. Campy... James Bond-ish... energetic ... and the genuine feelings of their wonderful friendship is always so evident. Share it with all of your family and friends... it will surely be time well-spent. BEATLES 4 EVER! ...Judy
BeatleMania More than 1 year ago
I got this video because I am starting a Beatles movie collection and I absolutely love the quirky plots and subplots of the Beatles and the music is phenomenal!!
PinayGirl_Love More than 1 year ago
Whatever They Do Is Hilarious. 100% Fan All the Way Comedy is soo funny!!
Walterama More than 1 year ago
Help is on the way! The Beatles second film is also my favorite movie next to A Hard Day's Night. It's so funny, and the music is still the best. Who said that the Beatles can act. The Beatles are actors too. This is the Beatles at their best in movie and music. The picture is much clearer and fully remastered in Blu-Ray High Definition.
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hueyDH More than 1 year ago
funny....very funny! best music!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was launched when I was 10 years old. Back in 1965, you could go to the theater and stay for as many viewings as you could stand to watch. If my memory is correct, the price was $0.50 to get in the theater. Also, your parents didn't have to worry about where you were because it was a much safer time. I borrowed the money from my mom's purse, went to the theater for the early show "around noon" and stayed to see it three times. I repeated this four consecutive days and always made it back home for dinner. I remember enjoying each time as much as the first. My mom never missed the two dollars.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I might be just terning 13 but I know more about The Beatles than any one I know. And one thing I know is this, THIS MOVIE IS THE BEST THING SENCE LOVE ME DO!!!! Not kiding. Its funny, it has The Beatles... it has The Beatles!! There all there having a blast, and still making people "both young and older" laugh, and smile to this day. They made true Rock and Roll music, They realy are the best band that ever lived. If you love The Beatles, or a good laugh, get this. Its shore to make you smile! ^-^
Guest More than 1 year ago
just priceless, truley entertaining and funny. just the off sense of humor you expect from the beatles.
Offical_Beatles_Expert More than 1 year ago
The Beatles' HELP! is a hilarious movie that you can watch over and over again. Less of a plot-based film and more of a musical montage, HELP! shows history's most influential music group in their prime. Besides the fact that the songs are enthralling and just plain fun, the movie shows the Beatles' wit, and also showcases their acting skills, as well as the amazing acting skills of Eleanor Bron, Leo McKern, Victor Spinetti, and many others. If you love Beatles, this Monty Python-esque film with have your eyes glued to the screen. (Note: You may have to watch it several times to get some of the jokes and quips.)
DuckyandRingo4ever More than 1 year ago
Though not as good as A Hard Days Night, this movie is very fun and enjoyable to watch! Poor Ringo in danger of being sacrificed and kidnapped not by one but two different factions for different reasons,the band being chased and attacked made for a very engaging adventure. The acting was better,the music fantastic and the characters, especially Roy Kinnear as the bumbling assistant was hilarious. My favorite scene was when Ringo was hooked up Foot's contraption, the assistant tells the lads that he (Foot) is out to rule the world..if he could get a government grant. Other standouts were the fight scene in the lads' flat with George leaping at John's throat,,(John) It's me you fool (George, still shaking John's throat) Oh, sorry (John) Well stop it, the lads in Buckingham Palace, George rescuing Ringo and John and Paul posing as Ringo to draw out the cultists after him. A far out plot but a fun adventure nonetheless and a movie that is watchable over and over!
Penny_Girl More than 1 year ago
The opening scene of this movie is not what you would expect. You say to yourself "Is this the right movie?" Then the music starts and you realize, you are watching HELP. This movie has an interesting story line and is truly funny. I do think the more times you see it, the better you will enjoy it. Some of the dialog may be hard to catch as the Beatles accents and their offhanded comments are sometimes hard to follow. But their wit and humor is at its peak in the performances in this picture. The scenery and backgrounds, such as skiing in the Alps, the beaches of the Bahamas, etc are eye candy, but the real appeal for true Beatles fans are the boys themselves. The music is top-notch and the James Bond style intrigue adds to the exciting movie. Eleanor Bron, Victor Spinetti, and Leo McKern also star in the movie. Many inside jokes are themes running throughout the movie. I personally have seen this movie over 100 times and never grow tired of seeing it. True Beatles fans can recite the dialog to one another. I would recommend this for anyone to see for some good, clean fun. And don't forget to stick around for the credits at the end.
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