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A Hard Day's Night 1964 U

87 mins United Kingdom Director. Richard Lester

The Beatles’ freewheeling film debut remains deliriously entertaining 50 years on, anarchically revelling in the Fab Four’s slapstick, sardonic personas and adopting a kinetic visual style – influenced by the French New Wave - that would inspire the modern music video.

Made at the peak of Beatlemania, it chronicles a couple of days in the life of the band as they try and escape the attentions of hysterical fans, clueless hacks, uncool toffs, a perpetually fretful manager and the regrettable presence of Paul’s ‘clean’ but meddling grandfather. Alun Owen’s witty, Oscar®-nominated script ensures that the film endures as a scintillating blend of marvellous music and gently satirical comedy, and John, Paul, George and Ringo ooze youthful irreverence and utterly unforced charm.

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Directed by

Richard Lester

Featuring

John Lennon

Paul McCartney

George Harrison

Ringo Starr

Genres

Musical

Collection

Rebel Rousers

Certificate

U Contains mild language

Released

1964

Country

United Kingdom

Language

English

Production company

Proscenium Films Ltd

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