in about 100 words or less
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
A 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).