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Fab film from the Fab Four!,
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This review is from: The Beatles - Help! (DVD)
This was the first Beatles film I saw. From the first minutes of the film I was hooked! I became an instant Beatle fan.
A religious cult is after Ringo because he is in possession of thier sacrificial ring. There are several failed attempts to obtain the ring: stealing it at night as he sleeps, grabbing it when he posts a letter, the elevator scene, getting the ring at a restaurant and even sawing around his drum set so he will fall through to the basement as the Beatles record "You're Gonna Lose That Girl". Despite these failures, Clang (Leo McKern), the cult leader, is more determined than ever to get the ring from Ringo!
Ahme (wonderfully played by Eleanor Braun), a priestess of the cult is secretly working with the Beatles to keep them out of harms way.
Added to the mix are two bumbling scientists Professor Foot and Algernon (Victor Spinetti and Roy Kinnear respectively), and a Scotland Yard superintendent played by Patrick Cargill. To Cargill everything is "famous" (the famous Ringo, famous Beatles, famous plan).
John, Paul, George and Ringo are all charming as ever. The settings run from England, to the ski slopes of Austria to the Bahamas.
There are so many funny things in this movie that you can't just watch it one time and catch them all.
The soundtrack to this movie is awesome: "Help!", "The Night Before", "I Need You", "Another Girl", "You're Gonna Lose That Girl", "You've Got To Hide Your Love Away", "She's A Woman" and "Ticket To Ride".
It's such a shame that MPI is no longer producing this movie. I truly hope another distributor will be able to gain the rights so it will once again be available.
It is well worth the trouble of hunting a copy of this movie down because everything about it is timeless.
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Initial post: Dec 13, 2009 9:53:50 PM PST
El Michael says:
Don't forget to mention how absolutely funny and clever it was!! I'm post Beatle and I think it should definately be on a classics list somewhere. LOVE the music. Brilliant
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