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Help! (1965)

UK 96m, Colour
Director: Richard Lester; Cast: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Leo McKern, Eleanor Bron, Victor Spinetti, John Bluthal, Roy Kinnear, Patrick Cargill

HelpA wholly enjoyable musical comedy, Help! was the second feature film starring the Beatles. Abandoning the successful documentary format of A Hard Day’s Night (1964), director Richard Lester creates an around-the world adventure which sees the band pursued by a group of religious zealots who aim to make Ringo a human sacrifice. Shot in a number of exotic locations, Help is a frenzied showcase for some of the Beatles most upbeat songs, and which seems to have provided the template for the popular, albeit short-lived television series The Monkees (Klaus Ming June 2014).


5 comments on “Help! (1965)

  1. Thom Hickey

    Thanks. It’s their vitality that impresses most now. Regards Thom.

  2. Chris, a librarian

    No neraly as good as A Hard Day’s Night. But on the bright side, it’s better than Magical Mystery Tour!

  3. Anthony Lee Collins

    I remember when it came out all the hip kids preferred A Hard Day’s Night, but I always enjoyed this one, too.

    (When my father came up with an idea, he would say: “Could I interest the military??” [pause] “No.”)

  4. Klaus

    Help may not be the “better” movie, but I agree, its a lot of fun. Of all the Beatles films, I think I like Yellow Submarine the best.

  5. Chris, a librarian

    I admit, it’s been years since I’ve seen Help! Could probably go for a re-watch.

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