a scene from A Hard Day's Night


A Hard Day's Night

Release date: 06 July 1964

"We were the sons of The Goon Show. We were of an age. We were the extension of that rebellion, in a way."


"Everyone in Liverpool thinks they're a comedian. Just drive through the Mersey Tunnel and the guy on the toll booth will be a comedian. We've had that born and bred into us."


"I think because I loved films I was less embarrassed than the others to be in one; John really got into the movie, too. I felt a lot of the time that George didn't want to be there. It was something he was doing because we were doing it."


"Alun (screenwriter) picked up a lot of little things about us. Things like: 'He is late but he is very clean, isn't he?' Little jokes, the sarcasm, the humour, John's wit, Ringo's laconic manner; each of our different ways. The film manages to capture our characters quite well."


In this, The Beatles' first feature film, the band must use all their guile and wit to reach a scheduled television performance whilst avoiding their pursuing fans and press. This is in spite of Paul's troublemaking grandfather (Wildfred Brambell), and Ringo's arrest.

A Hard Day's Night has been praised as a benchmark for music film production, and remains influential to this day. Director Dick Lester used a documentary style of filming to capture the claustrophobia of Beatlemania, and writer Alun Owen delivered a script which epitomised the quick-witted humour of the band. Comedy and music are combined to make this pastiche of a day in the life of The Beatles during 1964.

Released by United Artists. A Walter Shenson-Subafilms Production.

A Hard Day's Night film

A Hard Day's Night film

A Hard Day's Night film

A Hard Day's Night film

A Hard Day's Night film
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John LennonJohn
Paul McCartneyPaul
George HarrisonGeorge
Ringo StarrRingo
Wilfred BrambellJohn McCartney, Paul's Grandfather
Norman RossingtonNorm, the Beatles' manager
John JunkinShake, the Beatles' road manager
Victor SpinettiTV Director
Anna QuayleMillie
Deryck GuylerPolice Sergeant
Richard Vernon Johnson, the gentleman on the train
Edward MalinHotel waiter
Robin RayTV floor manager
Lionel BlairTV choreographer
Alison Seebohm Dolly, Simon Marshall's secretary
David JansonCharley, a young boy Ringo encounters
Richard LesterDirected by
Alun OwenWritten by
Denis O'Dell Executive Producer
Walter ShensonProducer
Gilbert TaylorDirector of Photography
John JympsonFilm Editing
Ray SimmArt Direction
Julie HarrisCostume Design
Betty GlasowHairdresser
John O'Gorman Makeup Artist
John Rogers Executive In Charge of Production: Miramax 
John D. MerrimanAssistant Director
Michael BarrySound Re-mixer: Sound One Corp. (special edition version)
Carles BerotDubbing Supervisor
H.L. BirdSound Recordist
Stephen DalbySound Recordist
Gordon DanielSound Editor
Michael DiCosimoSound Consultant: Dolby Laboratories (special edition version)
Kevin ReevesSound Engineer: Polygram Studios (special edition version)
Dominick TavellaSound Re-mixer: Sound One Corp. (special edition version)
Derek V. BrowneCamera Operator
Dan EdelsteinEditorial Coordinator (special edition version)
Romeo Fornoles Timer: 4-Media Co. Film Laboratory restoration
Stephen Schwartz Assistant Editor (special edition version)
Charlotte StobbsApprentice Editor (special edition version)
Kenny B. StuartPost-Production Coordinator (special edition version)
Pamela TomlingAssistant Editor
Rita DavisonContinuity
Robert Freeman Titles Design
Andrew Herwitz Business Affairs: Miramax (special edition version)