Video Release: November 6, 2007
Rating: G (MPAA)
Studio: EMI Video
- Runtime: 153 minutes
- NTSC (Canada and USA)
- Originally in English
- Released in English
The Beatles followed up their debut film, A Hard Day's Night, with this fanciful spy spoof. When Ringo adds a new ring to his collection, he's unaware of how important and dangerous this piece of jewelry is. On one hand, a religious cult considers it a sacred object and the wearer must become a sacrifice to their gods. On the other hand, the ring has magical abilities that hold the key to supreme power. Soon the boys from Liverpool are engaged in a slapstick and madcap chase round the world, as a crazed scientist, a pack of crooks, and several religious fanatics set out to capture the band. Watch for the English Channel swimmer who seems to be perpetually lost and appears in nearly every location. Includes Beatles' hits including "Help!" "Ticket To Ride" "You've Got To Hide Your Love Away" and many more. Originally had the working title Eight Arms To Hold You but the band changed the title after failing to produce material relating to the title.
Part of the film was shot on location on Paradise Island in the Bahamas, February 1965.
World premiere at the London Pavillion Theatre, July 29, 1965.
Additional credits: John Pellatt (production manager); Jack Atchelor and Paul Wilson (camera operators).
The film was "respectfully dedicated to the memory of Mr. Elias Howe. Who, in 1846, invented the sewing machine."
"You're Gonna Lose That Girl"
"You've Got to Hide Your Love Away"
"The Night Before"
"Ticket to Ride"
"I Need You"
The film, along with "A Hard Day's Night," was restored over a span of four years. Original prints were discovered in U.S. warehouses, while some restoration work was done from prints with German subtitles. The restored version of "Help!" was shown on the American Movie Classics cable channel July 2, 1996 during the station's fourth annual "Film Preservation Festival."
Copyright 1965 & 1995 Walter Shenson Films & Subafilms.