A Hard Day's Night (1964)

A Hard Day's Night (1964)

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Critic Consensus: A Hard Day's Night, despite its age, is still a delight to watch and has proven itself to be a rock-and-roll movie classic.

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The year is 1964 and four young lads from Liverpool are about to change the world - if only the madcap world will let them out of their hotel room. Richard Lester's boldly contemporary rock n' roll comedy unleashes the fledgling Beatles into a maelstrom of screaming fans, paranoid producers, rabid press and troublesome family members, and reveals the secret of their survival and success: an insatiable lust for mischief and a life-affirming addiction to joy.
Rating:
G
Genre:
Classics , Comedy , Musical & Performing Arts
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Cast

Ringo Starr
as Ringo
Wilfrid Brambell
as Grandfather
John Junkin
as Shake
Victor Spinetti
as Television Director
Vincent Spinetti
as TV Director
Deryck Guyler
as Police Inspector
Anna Quayle
as Millie
Richard Vernon
as Man on Train
Eddie Malin
as Hotel waiter
Robin Ray
as TV Floor Manager
Lionel Blair
as TV Choreographer
Alison Seebohm
as Secretary
Marianne Stone
as Society reporter
Claire Kelly
as Barmaid
David Jaxon
as Young Boy
Clare Kelly
as Barmaid
Michael Trubshawe
as Casino manager
Roger Avon
as (uncredited)
John Bluthal
as car thief
Pattie Boyd
as Jean, schoolgirl on train
Margaret Nolan
as Grandfather's Girl at Casino
Terry Hooper
as casino croupier
Derek Nimmo
as Leslie Jackson
Bridget Armstrong
as Lead Makeup Woman
Rosemarie Frankland
as Brunette Showgirl
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Critic Reviews for A Hard Day's Night

All Critics (102) | Top Critics (30)

The movie never feels like a nostalgia trip. It moves, breathes and sings with life.

Full Review… | July 17, 2014
Newsday
Top Critic

The results remain pop perfection.

Full Review… | July 7, 2014
Wall Street Journal
Top Critic

The whole movie is an ecstatic mix of serendipity and invention. The Beatles were ready for their cinematic breakthrough.

Full Review… | July 7, 2014
Orange County Register
Top Critic

Rejected the status quo with an irreverent, quick-cutting documentary style that could fairly be described as mod, rocking and mocking.

Full Review… | July 2, 2014
New York Daily News
Top Critic

Let's talk about joy, and about wistfulness, because one so often trails the other, and both are woven into the DNA of A Hard Day's Night.

Full Review… | July 2, 2014
Village Voice
Top Critic

At best, it is fun. But "fun" is not an aesthetic experience: fun remains on the surface. I have nothing against the surface. But it belongs where it is and shouldn't be taken for anything else.

Full Review… | January 18, 2013
Village Voice
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for A Hard Day's Night

½

The Beatles prepare for a show that night, but the lads are always goofing off, chasing girls, and trying to track down Paul's grandfather. Silly, witty and nearly plotless, this musical comedy is a masterpiece of image manipulation, with the Beatles coming off as totally non-threatening rebels. Paul's "clean" grandfather steals the show.

Greg S
Greg S

Super Reviewer

A Hard Day's Night is not particularly deep but it is fun - displaying an irreverent charm that is joyous. The Beatles come across as likable and witty. It simplifies their personalities and then amplifies them in short easy to digest sound bites. Yes, they are caricatures of their personas but these are appealing distortions of themselves. The production is highlighted by a manic energy. There are a lot of funny bits contained within. My favorite: Ringo puts his coat down for a girl so that she can walk across a muddy puddle several times before she ultimately falls down a deep hole. Oh and let's not forget the music! As far as this Beatles fan is concerned, every song is gold, but highlights include: "If I Fell", "And I Love Her", "She Loves You", "Can't Buy Me Love" and the title hit of course. fastfilmreviews.com

Mark Hobin
Mark Hobin

Super Reviewer

Created and meant merely to promote the latest youth fad of the moment, herein is a flower saved between the pages of Western civilisation's diary of a wonderful day we all shared once. The Kennedys, Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement, Twiggy and the Mods, why it seemed as if we all were taking the first real breath of fresh air since WWII ... and at the center of the excitement for hope of a new day: four youngsters with long hair ("moptops") dancing about and singing. Richard Lester's postcard of that day still resonates though it all seems so very long ago ... 50 years ago, to be exact. Yeah, Yeah, Yeah!

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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