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Blows the doors and windows open
I first saw this gem when I was nearly 9. The teenaged girls in the theater screamed and cried all the way through as if it were a live concert. 53 years later it is as fresh and exciting and as funny as it was for me that very first time.
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- kevin sellers
It suddenly came to me, as if in a vision. H.A. Clichae is really Lawrence Welk!
The Dark Days Bite
First- the television premiere of the assassination of a U.S. President. Next- the TV sanctification of 4 British pansie, arrogant 25-30 year old minstrels incantating middle school age boomer girls into climactic frenzy. Since then the worldwide celebrity church occupies the holes in most people's heads in adoration of the sex, drugs & rocknroll trinity that dents a 3rd (soon a 4th) generation of boys & girls through almost every one in their lives over age 13.
A Hard Day's Night
- Michael Whitty
The entire 1960s was a British invasion of talent on the movie screen and on the stage and The Beatles were the number 1 rock n roll group and on February 9,1964 they hit the Ed Sullivan Show in a big way. They took America by storm with hit songs like "I Want To Hold Your Hand" and "She Loves You" and others. They also quickly hit the movie screen with "A Hard Day's Night" as they run around Britain and have to avoid raging fans. We get a decent up-close look at them in their privacy and how they live and travel. That they became the greatest rock group ever should be understandable and this movie was made to cash in on their popularity. It is also a good film of music as the Beatles help to send rock n roll to heavenly heights.
A HARD DAYS NIGHT: Those Were The Days
- Doc Long
Best of all Rock n' Roll music films that feature the actual performers. Gets the nod over Elvis' "King Creole" , "Loving You" and "Jailhouse Rock". But we are splitting hairs when we get to this level of musical aristocracy. This picture demonstrates The Beatles at the peak of their popularity in the Summer of 1964- wandering about London- with the ultimate soundtrack in the background. A fascinating homage to Beatlemania when viewed now- over half a century later. The inventive boys from Liverpool are displayed at their sarcastic and witty best in this natural setting. A year later they appeared to sleepwalk through the dreadful "Help", reminiscent of the fate that befell Elvis Presley. Genius casting is evident in Hard Days Night with the inclusion of Irishman Wilfred Brambell as Paul McCartney's incorrigible Grandfather. Brambell was only 52 at the time but looked 82. At the time Brambell was very well known to British audiences due to the popularity of his television character named Albert Steptoe in a show called Steptoe and Son. Brambell's 1960s character Steptoe was the basis for the Fred Sanford character played by Redd Foxx on the 1970s American TV show "Sanford and Son". Look fast for a 13 year old Phil Collins in the audience as a screaming fan and look even faster for 20 year old Pattie Boyd as a schoolgirl on the train ride. Two years later Miss Boyd would become Mrs. George Harrison.
Beatlemania on screen for all to see
I caught that one Dana.... car to room to car to car to car to room! That was John Lennon's quote about the early years and what life was like touring. I am so glad that you broadcast this one TCM, unfortunately I just missed it. A Hard Day's Night is a great example of the early Beatles musical ability, and work product, being that the title tune was written in about 20min between finishing an American tour, a European tour, a plethora of television specials, recording an EP in Paris in German for the Deutschland market, writing and recording the Hard Day's Night LP as well as making this film all within the same year, and before May of that year. After which, they all went on a month long vacation, recorded another album and began work on the next film. These guys were driven workaholics at this time, and their collective creative synergy has never been seen again since. It was only a year and two months since their first album, yet their growth in technical ability and composition skill, was really extraordinary. By the time they made this movie they had developed into a truly polished act, and were at the top of their game. Also, by the time they made this movie, they had years under their belt as a touring group that had become near prisoners of their own success, thus the quote by John that life had become "car to room to car to car to car to room". There wasn't anywhere they could go without being mobbed, thus they spent years boxed up in hotel rooms together to the point where they knew each other so well they often finished each others sentences during interviews. As a group of young men going through that type of stress day in and day out, they had to develop coping skills in order to keep it together, it seems they chose humor as their main tool. This movie shows a little bit of that. All in all a great period piece of an extraordinary bunch of blokes that made exquisite music, and helped to change the world.
The Case of the Missing Mouth Organ
- disinterested spectator
To say that the music in this movie is good is an understatement. It's the Beatles, after all. And we get to see them perform some of their songs. That is the good part. As for the rest of it, it is a lot of stuff that is supposed to be funny, but just falls flat. Most painful of all is when there is a pause after what they thought would be a funny line, presumably to give the audience time to laugh. When there is no laughter, the pause is painful. As a side note, when I first saw the movie in 1964, I remember John Lennon's saying that he played the "mouth organ." At the time, I thought to myself that that must be a British term for harmonica, but to an American, it almost sounds vulgar. Anyway, I watched it the other night on TCM, and I did not hear the line about the mouth organ. I can't help but wonder if that part of the movie was edited out a long time ago for American audiences, and it never got put back in.
- Lisa Holmes
Although I enjoyed the music in this movie, at 48 years of age, I still cannot say I enjoyed the plot. No closed-captioning is available with this movie, so you can imagine how many thousands of other hearing impaired Americans, whether older or young, cannot enjoy the movie. We are being excluded from the pleasure of watching this movie and many other movies on TCM that remain without captioning. I have seen this movie again and again throughout my life, but never with much of an idea of what anyone is saying to each other in it, and here we are, in the millennium, almost a lifetime later (movie was made one year before I was born) when closed captioning is now available and possible for us, a splendid reality, only to still be depriving many of the opportunity to be a part of the "Hard Day's Night" enjoyment. Closed captioning should be a part of every movie so that all audiences in this country may share in the American experience of enjoying wonderful classic entertainment, at least before I pass away...
The MUSIC and recording quality are the thing!
- Rich Phoenix
It must be remembered that Dolby and digital this'n'that did not exist in 1963 when the music for the film was recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London.The quality of what you hear in this film was the sole responsibility of Norman "Hurricane" Smith, a composer, musician and (later) a singer, himself, who bent the rules to get "live" quality from the band playing in the massive but sterile environment of Abbey Road Studio Two. Norman particularly worked miracles in achieving great presence on the recordings of the Fabs with the technology of the times. He was very modest about his achievements, even though much of this is frequently accorded to Sir George Martin, the producer. But, Norman did some very unorthodox things with microphone selection and placement that no one before him at Abbey Road had tried because of hard-and-fast EMI policies in the studios. In their earliest recordings, pre-dating Hard Day's Night, the studios didn't even have discrete stereo capabilities, so what Norman heard was what he got and what we heard in the formative years of the supergroup.Confirmation of Norman Smith's recording expertise and artistry came decades later, when Sir George's son, Giles Martin, was faced with going back to the recorded masters, then approaching 40 years old on the shelves of the Abbey Road studios. Giles could not believe the quality of recordings, the warmth and the presence that Norman had achieved with the technology of the time. Giles' project was the remix of the many Beatles recordings for use in the Cirq de Soleil Las Vegas show. At the time, Norman was still living, and the young Martin made certain that Hurricane knew with what admiration he and his classic recordings were held by him.The magic is in the music and the genius that recorded it at Abbey Road!
A Day In The Life...
A day in the life of The Beatles as they ready for a television appearance before going back out on the road. Terrific direction by Richard Lester and featuring many great supporting actors. Each Beatle gets a chance to shine, especially Ringo as he's egged on to live life by Paul's trouble making but very clean grandfather! A very funny, well done film...and then there's the music.
Bring the Music!
Yes! Yes! Yes! TCM bring the MUSIC! Woodstock, Gimme Shelter, The Song Remains the Same, and dozens of others. Play them at midnight on Saturday nights like the old "Midnite Movies" at the theater. THANK YOU TCM!
The Fab Four
For those of us who were lucky enough to grow up in the 60's (and remember most of it) The Beatles set the bar. They were the pioneers of the music that shaped our generation and all the copy cat bands that preceded them.A Hard Day's Night was a lovely piece of British Invasion fluff. If you put in the context of the times, it was perfection! They knew what the Beatlemaniacs wanted and delivered a tour de force performance.Thanks, TCM for taking me back to the happiest time in my life.
As great now as the first time in August 1964
- apple scruff
Amazing music, funny, timeless fun - must see.
For Beatle Fans Only.
A light-weight movie in it's time. A Hard Day's Night has become the standard and truly one of the best of all "Rock & Roll" movies. Great music, silly subplot and where's Ringo? I would like to see this movie on TCM, as well as Yellow Submarine. But not Help, that film was rather silly.
John,Paul,George, and Ringo
- Dana 59
Clearly the best rock movie ever, killer soundtrack as every song works, the story of a couple of days in the lives of the fab four.as they make way from the train to the hotel where it's room to room to car to room, with a couple of escapes where they seem to ne themselves.
A Hard Day's Night
- Dashiell Barnes
The debut film of one of the most iconic bands in history. All the boy's play realistic versions of themselves, each of whom shine, but Harrison was the only member who earned an Academy Award nomination for the film's music. The boy's constant rebellion against authority has poorly aged, but the humour & social-realist story is superb, earning screenwriter Owen an Academy Award nomination. That and, oh yeah, the music makes this film magnificent. I give it a 4.5/5.
The Beatles' Best
- Dan Grissom
Richard Lester does an outstanding directing job of this fast-paced comedy/musical which records two days in the life of The Beatles. Released at the height of Beatlemania in mid-1964 this black and white film is so well done it can stand multiple viewings and never grow old. Five stars!
A Hard Day's Night
A must have on TCM along with "Help!", "Yellow Submarine", "Let it Be", and the bittersweet perfomance film, "Concert for George".BEATLEMANIA LIVES!
A Hard Day's Night (1964)
- James Higgins
Rather revolutionary in 1964, it showcases The Beatles at their madcap best. It is a typical day in their lives, screaming fans and wild adventures. I admire the uniqueness of the film and the dry British humor. Very well edited, great music and a must for anyone interested in Fab Four.
and i [concur]
yeah, i'd very much like it if the Beatles movies were played more often on TCM. it'd be wonderful.
beatles 45 year anv.
febuary 1964,It would be great to see HDN or any beatle flick, to celebrate this anniversary
Please Play More beatles Movies
would you please play the movies (Hard Day's Night, Help, Yellow Submarine And Magical Mystery Tour) I think alot of people would love to see these Beatles movies on TCM
Please play this movie and Help!I'm sure a lot of people would love to see these two movies on TCM! Please please play them!
Please play more Beatles!!!
Beatle movies are classics. They should be in your regular rotation. Appealing to any age group.
Please Please Me (and thousands of other viewers) and have a Beatles film night - A Hard Day's Night, Help! Yellow Submarine and any other Beatles movies you have laying around the movie vault.
I love the Beatles and I love TCM
This movie is a Musical Classic and deserves to be seen on TCM alongside the great MGM and RKO Studio Musicals usually on your schedule.