Based on the real lives of the BeatlesIt's Been a Hard Days Night
Reviewed by Ruth Grossman
There is a guy who is trying to break into a car. The police pass, chasing the Beatles, and the guy ducks. Then he gets up and starts to break into the car again. The police pass, and he ducks. Again he starts to break into the car. The police pass he ducks. He's up again and he starts to break into the car. This time, when the police pass, he gives them a nasty look and opens the door. Then on the next round around the block, one of the police jumps into the car, takes the wheel from the thief and drives off after the Beatles.
It's Been A Hard Days Night is the Beatles first movie. Help was produced a year later. A Hard Days Night is based on the real lives of the Beatles. It is about a few days on tour. In A Hard Days Night The Beatles all play themselves(George is George, Paul is Paul, John is John and Ringo plays himself), cheeky teenage rock stars who can't set a foot outside without being mobbed by fans.
In A Hard Days Night the Beatles are stuck with Paul's grandfather (Wilfrid Brambell) as a traveling companion, so he can get a "change of scenery and some fresh air" the grandfather (as Paul describes him) is "a villain and a mixer" and everyone else says "Well he looks clean?!". They also travle with Shake (John Junkin) and Norm (Norman Rossington). Their guardian agent people who are always telling them to mind their manners.
Then right before the show one day, "granddad" puts some bad ideas into Ringo's head. So Ringo goes "Parad'en in the streets" (in laymen's terms out for a walk), and he gets in trouble with the police. Meanwhile, "granddad" has forged the signatures of all the Beatles and made himself a sandwich board and goes outside and sells the fake singned pictures to the crowd. The police arrest him. He meets up with Ringo at the police station.
Back at the studio, the TV director (Victor Spinetti) is in a panic. The show is in twenty minutes and the drummer has disappeared. So the rest of the Beatles go out looking for Ringo and can't find him. Finally they find him in the police station and try to break him out, and they end up being chased around and around the block. They end up getting back to the theater just in time for the show. They do the show. Then the movie ends.
I really loved this movie. It was funny and the Beatles sang a lot (I love their music). It was kind of like a early music video. But if you aren't interested in the Beatles and/or their music, it can be boring.