Hard Day's Night (1964)
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|In 1964, The Beatles had just recently exploded onto the American scene with their debut on The Ed Sullivan Show. The group's first feature film, A Hard Day's Night, offered fans their first peek into a day in the life of The Beatles and served to establish The Fab Four on the silver screen, as well as to inspire the music video format that has become a standard for musicians today. Now, decades later, the band's legendary popularity endures and continues to grow, and A Hard Day's Night joyfully resurrects the excitement of the group's early days.|
"One of the great life-affirming landmarks of the movies. Roger Ebert
"...[a] pop masterpiece... TV Guide
Editor's NoteA HARD DAY'S NIGHT presents a fictionalized day in the life of the Beatles as they give a performance on a live television show. Filmed just a month after their appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show in February 1964, this film--the Beatles' first--introduces us to the unique personalities of each member of the band. The film opens with the Fab Four boarding a train mobbed with adoring young fans (mostly women) as they attempt to travel to the television studio in London. The antics of the band during rehearsals and makeup application provide a large part of the comic material in this feature, though there are other moments of pure hilarity. The unscripted vignette featuring a hangover-suffering Ringo is especially funny, particularly when he is arrested and risks having to miss the broadcast. None of this goes unnoticed by the director of the show, played by Victor Spinetti, who went on to become a recurring cast member in Beatles movies. As the clock ticks away dramatically, our heroes manage to free Ringo from jail and sneak onto the stage in the nick of time, delighted in the knowledge that they have nearly driven the director mad in the process. Arguably the first music video ever made, this faux documentary and its shooting style have been a tremendous influence on nearly every rock and roll feature since.
Cast & Crew
|Gilbert Taylor - Cinematographer|
|Richard Lester - Director|
|John Jympson - Editor|
|Walter Shenson - Producer|
|Alun Owen - Screenwriter|
|John Lennon, Paul McCartney - Song Composers|
|Alun Owen - Screenplay|
|George Martin, Nominee, Best Music, Scoring of Music, Adaptation or Treatment|
|Alun Owen, Nominee, Best Writing, Story and Screenplay - Written Directly for the Screen|
Golden Laurel (1965)
|John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, 5th Place, Musical Performance, Male|
|, 3rd Place, Musical|
BAFTA Film Award (1965)
|John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Nominee, Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles|
|"Are you a mod or a rocker?"----Reporter to Ringo|"Um, no. I'm a mocker."----Ringo (Ringo Starr)|
|"What would you call that hairstyle you're wearing?"----Reporter to George|"Arthur."----George (George Harrison) to Reporter|
Customer Reviews of Hard Day's Night
The Beatles Hard Days Night3/16/2009
I love The Beatles and was happy to see this dvd at a great price, so I grab it. My daughter grew up with The Beatles music and now my grand-daughter will be introduced to it also. Thanks
A Hard Days Night4/17/2008
Nothing needs to be said it is the Beatles in their first film - the first Music Video. It is great and a total through back to the start of a new era in the 60's that changed the music industry for ever. A need in everyones library.
I brought this DVD for my husband and he just loves it
So much fun to watch9/25/2007
I wasn't alive when the Beatles were around, but I love their music like most people. This is a great film to get a peek into the personalities of the band members. Besides that, it's just so funny and entertaining (with a great soundtrack too).
My x-husband loves the Bettles and my daughter didn't know what to get him I saw this email and thought it was the perfect gift. He loved it.
I LOVE THIS MOVIE3/16/2007
i saw this movie when i was a little kid (im only 17) and i loved it. and then i recently got interested in the beatles. and i was looking all over my house for the tape that my dad has for "A Hard Day's Night" and "Help!" and i couldnt find it. so i talked to my parents and they let me buy it. the day it came in the mail i watched it 3 or 4 times. in my opinion, John Lennon makes this movie what it is. if it wasnt for his funny remarks and faces that he makes, i dont think i would have enjoyed it as much. and not only that, i think that he used to be cute back in the day. i would recommend this movie to all who enjoy music...
HDN - The Beatles2/14/2007
Let's face it - either you love the Beatles or you don't. And if you love them you love this movie. I am not one to look backward but for some things you must make an exception and this is one of those things. The music still holds up after all of these years. The plot - well don't let that get in your way. This is all about the Beatles on the big screen. Like Elvis, Hollywood didn't have enough faith in the Beatles selling power to invest in a color production. And that is just as well. Black and white is perfect for this movie. Beatles fans will want this movie in their collection - period.
Everybody's Got Something To Hide Except for Me...9/22/2002
. . . should have been the title to this film because it's extraordinarily open and honest. We get to see the Beatles as they really were in real life: running around the countryside, singing songs and being chased by bad guys. The best part of the movie is definitely when Ringo's drums slide down the dirt mound into the salt deposit in the middle of "Should Have Known Better." At least they were playing it real loud! Moreover, best Beatle movie around.
Bursting with energy and enthusiasm, the first full-length precursor to MTV and VH-1, The Beatles A Hard Day's Night, makes its way to home video... again. But this time it is remastered in all it's original glory and appears for the first time ever on DVD in this Collector's Series 2-Disc set... YOU'LL HEAR "And I Love Her," "I Should Have Known Better," "Tell Me Why," "Can't Buy Me Love," "If I Fell," the title track and much more as The Beatles romp through a fresh batch of songs in preparation for a TV special, which takes place shortly after the band conquers America in 1964. YOU'LL SEE Ringo demonstrate his natural acting abilities, John unleash his sarcastic wit, Paul hanging out with his grandfather ("isn't he clean"), and George influencing the youth of tomorrow. But most of all YOU'LL EXPERIENCE the most popular musicians of this era proving that their bigger-than-life personas translate as effortlessly to the big screen as they do to the radio.
DISC 1: Contains the remastered movie in its entirety with amazing 5.1 Dolby Digital sound. You'll love the interactive menus on this one. In addition it contains a new documentary about the film including interviews with all the people responsible for creating this masterpiece (I can't believe they are all still alive!). DISC 2: Features something like 20 different full-length interviews (ALL NEW!) with the filmmakers, cast, and crew including Director Richard Lester and Musical Director Sir George Martin!
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