The Beatles followed up their debut film, A HARD DAY'S NIGHT, with this fanciful spy spoof. When Ringo adds a new ring to his collection, he's unaware of how important and dangerous this piece of jewelry is. On one hand, a religious cult considers it a sacred object and the wearer must become a sacrifice to their gods. On the other hand, the ring has magical abilities that hold the key to supreme power. Soon the boys from Liverpool are engaged in a slapstick and madcap chase round the world, as a crazed scientist, a pack of crooks, and several religious fanatics set out to capture the band. Watch for the English Channel swimmer who seems to be perpetually lost and appears in nearly every location. Includes Beatles' hits including "Help!," "Ticket To Ride," "You've Got To Hide Your Love Away," and many more.
Walter Shenson - American Producer
Ken Thorne - British Composer, SUPERMAN II (1980)
The Beatles - British rock group, nicknamed "The Fab Four"
Leo McKern - Character Actor
Reginald McKern - Character Actor
Richard Lester - American Director/In UK
Roy Kinnear - British Character Actor
David Watkin - British Director Of Photography
Victor Spinetti - Character Actor
Eleanor Bron - British Actress
Charles Wood - Screenwriter, mid '60s-late '90s, HELP!
Marc Behm - SCREENWRITER
Theatrical release: August 9, 1965 World premiere at the London Pavilion Theatre, July 29, 1965. Part of the film was shot on location on Paradise Island in the Bahamas in February 1965. Originally, HELP! had the working title EIGHT ARMS TO HOLD YOU, but the band changed the title after failing to produce material relating to it. The film was "respectfully dedicated" to the memory of Mr. Elias Howe, whom in 1846, invented the sewing machine. Songs include "Help!," "You're Gonna Lose That Girl," "You've Got to Hide Your Love Away," "The Night Before," "Another Girl," "Ticket to Ride," and "I Need You". The film, along with A HARD DAYS NIGHT, was restored over a span of four years. Original prints were discovered in U.S. warehouses, while some restoration work was done from prints with German subtitles. The restored version of HELP! was shown on the American Movie Classics cable channel on July 2nd, 1996, during the station's fourth annual "Film Preservation Festival."
"...Entertaining....[The music] is wonderful and the European scenery and eyeful..." -- Rating: B+ - 10/20/1995 Entertainment Weekly, p.75
4 stars out of 4 -- "[N]onstop slapstick, even more like a cartoon than the later, animated YELLOW SUBMARINE..." - 11/15/2007 Rolling Stone, p.205
3 stars out of 5 -- "[C]heck out the filters on 'Another Girl' and the insouciantly inventive editing on 'Ticket To Ride,' not to mention the gorgeous kaleidoscopic end credits..." - 12/01/2007 Uncut, p.138
4 stars out of 5 -- "[With] musical interludes, absurdist humour and director Richard Lester's nutty invention and energy..." - 01/01/2008 Empire, p.201