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Hello, @MickyDavyPeterMikeMONKEES!

Watching this movie is essential for all Beatlemaniacs. Hope you get to see it soon.

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MickyDavyPeterMikeMONKEES said
mccartney-shrug_01_gif I haven't seen the movie yet, is it any good?

  

'Tis fabulous, @MickyDavyPeterMikeMONKEES , and welcome to the forum!

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@MickyDavyPeterMikeMONKEES YES! (And welcome! apple01)

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MickyDavyPeterMikeMONKEES said
mccartney-shrug_01_gif I haven't seen the movie yet, is it any good?

  

It's more than good, it's fab! Welcome to the forum, too! I see you're a Monkees fan - I'm not an expert myself, but I believe there are a number of fans here in the Forum who I'm sure would love to discuss their music with you at some point. 

Back on topic, QM! What's everyone's favourite scene from this film? This has to be mine. Not sure whether its hilarious or awful when George falls at the beginning.

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What an incredibly impossible question... the bathroom scene is pretty fabulous, and you have to love the train scene and the George-and-Simon scene... ahhhhhhh I don't know.

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50yearslate said
What an incredibly impossible question... the bathroom scene is pretty fabulous, and you have to love the train scene and the George-and-Simon scene... ahhhhhhh I don't know.

  

the bathroom scene is the best IMO. it's never not hilarious.

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Which line is best:

"Rule Britannia, Britannia rules the *SPLASH*"

"She's a drag-- a well-known drag!"

"HEY MISTAH, CAN WE HAVE OUR BALL BACK!"

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"Well, if he's your grandfather, who knows? HAHHAHAHHAHA"

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a-hard-days-night-ringo-8YES that's the best awkward, forced laughter I've ever heard in my life (except maybe John in the elevator in Help and George and John in the bathroom scene in Help )

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Playing-field scene is the one I usually call my favourite, but I could just as easily choose that chaotic opening titles sequence. And of course, Simon. ("Get him whatever it is they drink... a Coke-a-rama!")

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I like the playing field scene, too. It just seems like the sort of thing they absolutely would have done.

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Is it true that they used a body double for John in some of the shots in the playing-in-the-field scene?

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50yearslate said
Is it true that they used a body double for John in some of the shots in the playing-in-the-field scene?

  

Yeah, during the brief bit where a Beatle seems to be handling the camera and shoots his own shoes/legs...that's Richard Lester.

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@MickyDavyPeterMikeMONKEES YES! (And welcome! apple01)

  

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QuarryMan asked
What's everyone's favourite scene from this film?   

Oh, man. It's gotta be a tie between the train scene and George in Simon's office.

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Which line is best:

"Rule Britannia, Britannia rules the *SPLASH*"

"She's a drag-- a well-known drag!"

"HEY MISTAH, CAN WE HAVE OUR BALL BACK!"

I find myself saying 'She's a dRRRaag -- a Well Knoewn Drrraaag' the most (exactly like that), plus I love that scene, so I'm gonna go with that one.

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Beatlebug said:

Oh, man. It's gotta be a tie between the train scene and George in Simon's office.

Which train scene?

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The little old man one.

(y'know, the one with "I fought the war for your sort" and "Give us a kiss" and John snorting the bottle of Coke and all that)

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Quite by accident last night I discovered a cryptic link between Orson Welles and A Hard Days Night. I watched Welles' The Trial from 1962 starring Anthony Perkins. Afterwards I was reading a review of the film from film critic Roger Ebert when I read this...

Seen in this restored version (also available on video from Milestone), "The Trial" is above all a visual achievement, an exuberant use of camera placement and movement and inventive lighting. Study the scene where screaming girls chase Joseph K up the stairs to a studio and peer at him through the slats of the walls, and you will see what Richard Lester saw before he filmed the screaming girls in "A Hard Day's Night " and had them peer at the Beatles through the slats of a railway luggage car.

It did occur to me at the time when seeing the scene that there was a Beatley flavour but I couldn't think why. You can see part of the scene here from the trailer at around 2:26 but the scene is much longer in the film so you only get a glimpse here. 

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Wow, I've seen that movie a few times and don't know if I ever made that connection! Was there any pop music at all on the soundtrack? (I only remember the Albinoni and some crazy jazz...)

Another Orson Welles/Beatles link is that Welles is supposedly the biological father of Michael Lindsay-Hogg. 

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vonbontee said
Wow, I've seen that movie a few times and don't know if I ever made that connection! Was there any pop music at all on the soundtrack? (I only remember the Albinoni and some crazy jazz...)

Another Orson Welles/Beatles link is that Welles is supposedly the biological father of Michael Lindsay-Hogg. 

  

I don't remember any pop music in the film but yes there is some 60s style jazz. I'd forgotten the Michael Lindsay-Hogg/Welles connection.

One other thing is there are scenes in amongst the ones I mentioned where they film people running on a circular staircase from an angle below and I think there are similar scenes in AHDN so perhaps Richard Lester also took this onboard from The Trial.

PS I didn't really enjoy The Trial. It's visually a great film but a real chore to watch.

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