A Hard Day’s Night 1964
- Director: Richard Lester
- Based on book: no
- Cast: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, George Harrison, Victor Spinetti, Wilfrid Brambell
- Personal “oh yeah him/her” reaction, i.e. have seen this actor in:
- John Lennon – Help!, Let It Be, Magical Mystery Tour, How I Won the War
- Paul McCartney – Help!, Let It Be, Magical Mystery Tour
- Ringo Starr – Caveman, Candy, Help!, Let It Be, Magical Mystery Tour
- George Harrison – Help!, Let It Be, Magical Mystery Tour
- Victor Spinetti – Voyage of the Damned, Magical Mystery Tour, Help!
- Why? The Beatles
- Seen: About 20 times (seriously). Now: 24 February 2017
‘Turn left at Greenland.’ ‘Stop being taller than me.’ ‘She looks more like him than I do.’ ‘They’re dead grotty.’ ‘A bloomin’ book.’ All classic quotes, some of which I use regularly myself to this day.
The story is minimal. The lads are on their way to London – on a train! The Beatles on a train! – for a live TV program, accompanied by Paul’s trouble-making granddad (‘Me other one.’) They go to a nightclub but are rounded up by their minders Norm and Shake and brought back to the hotel to answer their fan mail. Everywhere they go they’re chased by screaming fans. Ringo feels bullied by the others and Granddad manipulates his inferiority complex so that he wanders off. But he comes back and the TV program is aired. All is well.
It’s just a film about the Beatles being clever, witty, irreverent, doing everything they can to escape the pressure and demands. And playing their music. ‘Don’t Bother Me.’ ‘All My Loving.’ ‘If I Fell.’
Slapstick, absurd, charming. I’m sure all these words found their way into the reviews back then. It was considered fresh and innovative.
So innocent. So simple. So long ago. If only they had known what they had ahead of them.
5* of 5