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Help! (1965)

Sir Ringo Starr finds himself the human sacrifice target of a cult, and his fellow members of The Beatles must try to protect him from it.

Director:

Richard Lester

Writers:

Marc Behm (screenplay), Charles Wood (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 2 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
The Beatles ... The Beatles
Leo McKern ... Clang
Eleanor Bron ... Ahme
Victor Spinetti ... Foot
Roy Kinnear ... Algernon
John Bluthal ... Bhuta
Patrick Cargill ... Superintendent
Alfie Bass ... Doorman
Warren Mitchell ... Abdul
Peter Copley ... Jeweller
Bruce Lacey Bruce Lacey ... Lawnmower
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Storyline

An Eastern cult discovers that the sacrificial ring is missing. Sir Ringo Starr, drummer of The Beatles has it; sent by the girl (who's to be sacrificed) as a gift. Clang, Ahme, Bhuta, and several cult members leave for London to retrieve the ring. After several failed attempts to steal the ring, they confront him in an Indian restaurant. Ringo learns that if he does not return the ring soon, he will become the next sacrifice. Ringo then discovers that the ring is stuck on his finger. Its a race against time; John Lennon, Sir Paul McCartney, and George Harrison try to protect their friend while they're all being chased not only by Clang and his minions, but also by two mad scientists and the Chief Inspector of Scotland yard. Will Ringo be saved, or will he be sacrificed? Written by Erin Pelicano

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Stop Worrying! HELP! Is On The Way! See more »


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 August 1965 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

¡Socorro! See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono | Dolby Digital (re-release)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The Beatles were dissatisfied with this movie, saying that they "felt like extras in (their) own movie". See more »

Goofs

The booklet to the 2007 DVD release lists Ludwig van Beethoven as the composer of the 1812 Overture, heard shortly after the conclusion of "The Night Before." The piece was written by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky in 1880, more than fifty years after Beethoven's death. See more »

Quotes

Jeweller: We have all sorts of little problems like this, sir. Some of them matrimonial!
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Crazy Credits

While the music is playing at the end (Overture from "Il bariere di Siviglia"), the Beatles are jokingly singing along with it and occasionally reading the credits. See more »

Alternate Versions

The film originally used the mono mix version of the song HELP! which has a different vocal performance from the stereo mix. When the film was 'remixed' into stereo, the stereo version was dubbed over the mono rather than remixed. This caused some lip-sync issues due to different phrasing and a lower-key HELP! from John when the title flashes up on the screen (the original mono version was more appropriately 'shouted' out). See more »

Connections

References Scott of the Antarctic (1948) See more »

Soundtracks

You Can't Do That
(1964) (uncredited)
Written by John Lennon
An instrumental during the Austrian Alps sequence
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Still a cool movie
20 October 2005 | by ebiros2See all my reviews

While The Hard Days Night was like a documentary of the life of the Beatles, this movie is more like fictitious life of the Beatles. The reality is substituted with comedy, and although it's great to watch the Beatles in living color, this one isn't as good as their first attempt. The music is still great, but the Beatles are just reduced to ordinary people (if that's ever possible) in this movie. It was better if they portrayed more of their musicianship and told the story as they are it would have been even sweeter. Beatles were part of the '60s (heck, they invented the '60s) and '60s atmosphere is abundant in this movie. It really was a happier time, which makes me wonder why are we not as happy now after 40 years of development ?


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