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A Hard Day's Night

The Beatles' silver-screen debut A Hard Day's Night will return to theaters this summer to mark the 50th anniversary of its premiere at London's Pavilion Theatre. Janus Films has digitally restored the movie's picture.

There are only two showtimes at Raleigh Grande: Sat 7/5 at 8:00 PM and Sun 7/6 at 2:00 PM. This meetup event is for Saturday night.

*BUY YOUR TICKET ONLINE NOW - TOTAL $11*

During the first worldwide flush of Beatlemania in 1964, United Artists wanted to ship out a movie with The Beatles before their vogue was over. Working within a tight $500,000 budget, director Richard Lester turned out A Hard Day's Night in a fast 6 1/2 weeks; the picture was in the theaters three months after shooting commenced. Using a variety of techniques cribbed from Hollywood slapstick comedies, the French "new wave" movement, and his own experiences as a TV-commercial director, Lester, with screenwriter Alun Owen, fashioned an exhilarating study of a "typical" 36 hours in the lives of the Fab Four. Onto a plot about getting to the Big Show on time are hung a series of instant-reaction gags, character vignettes, and musical setpieces. Much of the humor arises from Paul McCartney's efforts to keep his grandfather (Wilfred Brambell), a "clean old man," from getting into mischief. Also good for several laughs is the hookey-playing Ringo Starr, whose mistimed declaration of independence lands him in jail. We are also treated to a war of nerves between the unflappable John Lennon and an uptight TV director (Victor Spinelli), who worries that, should the Beatles not show up at broadcast time, he'll be demoted to "News In Welsh." George Harrison stars in a sequence in which he is mistaken for an auditionee by the producer (Kenneth Haigh) of a superficially trendy, teen-oriented TV weekly. Then there's Norman Rossington and John Junkin as The Beatles' managers, who carry on a battle royale simply because one man is taller than the other.

We can head out afterwards to Lynnwood or Flying for food/discussion.

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  • John L.

    2 · July 3, 2014

    • Shawna

      Haha, Phil Collins as one of the screaming boys :)

      July 6, 2014

    • John L.

      Pretty cool, huh. Sorry I couldn't make it as it would have been fun to get to see you again and see a great movie.

      July 6, 2014

  • Shawna

    Such a great movie!! How young they were, loved revisiting this, makes me want to revisit so much music, etc and seeing George Harrison and John Lennon makes me really sad :(. I just can't believe it's been 50 years, time flies...my dad was 19/20 years old stationed at Bedford, MA Air Force base and saw the Beatles then...he is turning 70 this year, time....blah....vive les beatles!

    1 · July 6, 2014

    • Daniel

      Yes, time does fly, good memories stay.

      July 6, 2014

  • Tobi

    I didn't get to meet anyone, but I did make it to the film and loved it... And I was one of those singing along to every song! :-) thank you for organizing!!

    July 6, 2014

    • Shawna

      Sorry we missed you! Hope to see you at another one, glad you enjoyed the film :)

      1 · July 6, 2014

  • Hal

    It was like going to a throwback concert, some people among the audience were singing along with the music.

    1 · July 6, 2014

  • Daniel

    I had a really great time. The movie was entertaining and fun. Had good laughs at all the practical jokes. Also enjoyed hanging out afterwards. Thanks for organizing this one Shawna.

    2 · July 5, 2014

  • Angela H

    Nice group - fun movie!

    3 · July 5, 2014

  • Elizabeth J.

    I bought a ticket and now cannot go. Will check in at theater to see if I can sell the ticket. Them home to write. (I have a deadline. )

    July 5, 2014

  • Shawna

    I bought my ticket.

    May 28, 2014

    • Shawna

      It's hard to tell Daniel, it is only showing tonight and tmw afternoon. I went ahead and secured my ticket online to play it safe.

      July 5, 2014

    • Daniel

      Alright, you got me concerned, just purchased my ticket on line.

      July 5, 2014

  • John L.

    Don't think I'm going to be able to make it tonight. Enjoy.

    July 5, 2014

  • Chris S.

    I also just bought a ticket.

    July 5, 2014

  • Mike C.

    Beatles Forever!

    July 5, 2014

  • Kent

    I've been listening to a Beatles Music cd in my car. Their song "It's been a Hard Days Night is on it ;-)

    May 28, 2014

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