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Help! (29-Jul-1965)

Director: Richard Lester

Writers: Marc Behm; Charles Wood

Keywords: Musical, Comedy, Rock and Roll, The Beatles

Members of a mystical Eastern cult chase Ringo after he puts on their sacrificial ring and it gets stuck. Failing that, they will sacrifice Ringo himself to fulfill the ring's destiny. A girl in the cult tries to help them. Second Beatles film, comparing poorly to the first; storyline and set pieces apparently inspired by James Bond. Much of the humor falls flat, but the music does not.

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Alfie Bass
8-Apr-1921 15-Jul-1987 Bootsie and Snudge
Eleanor Bron
14-Mar-1934   A Touch of Love
George Harrison
25-Feb-1943 29-Nov-2001 Beatle
Roy Kinnear
8-Jan-1934 20-Sep-1988 Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
John Lennon
9-Oct-1940 8-Dec-1980 Beatle
Paul McCartney
18-Jun-1942   Beatle
Leo McKern
16-Mar-1920 23-Jul-2002 Travelling North, Rumpole of the Bailey
Warren Mitchell
14-Jan-1926   Alf Garnett on Till Death Us Do Part
Victor Spinetti
2-Sep-1933 19-Jun-2012 Oh! What A Lovely War
Ringo Starr
7-Jul-1940   Beatle


Review by John Baran (posted on 7-Mar-2008)

This is a forerunner of the great British comedies of Monty Python. Of course, the Beatles were just being the Beatles, but that is what they did best. From England to the Bahamas, this film is a phenomenal romp, brilliantly written and directed. It even has a product endorsement in the form of a billboard for V8 juice. I'm probably in the minority in saying it surpassed "A Hard Day's Night," but that is truly how I feel.

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