Hard Day's Night

Hard Day's Night (1964)

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Continuity mistake: There is a scene in the movie where the Beatles enter a limousine, I believe at the beginning of the movie. In this particular scene the Beatles are all dressed in suits and ties, but when the Beatles are filmed in the limo, John Lennon is wearing a turtle neck sweater beneath a blazer.

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Continuity mistake: While looking for the canteen, George inadvertently wanders into a production office. The receptionist takes George in to see Simon, who believes George is there to audition for a testimonial for those "dead grotty" shirts. While the receptionist is sitting on Simon's desk, her legs are straight. After Simon says, "Because he isn't wearing one of these nasty things", her legs are instantly crossed.

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Continuity mistake: As Paul runs out of the train to his awaiting limo its door is open. In the next shot we see him from a different angle and he opens the door again.

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Continuity mistake: When Paul's grandfather goes to the queue of girl's waiting to see the Beatles, he offers free autographed pictures. As he is mobbed he yells "Oh me bum....me hat.". We see his hat has been taken/knocked off as some bobbies come to break it up. A quick cut to a different angle and grandpa's hat is back on his head.

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Continuity mistake: As The Beatles go out to the field while "Can't buy me love" is playing Ringo has his camera. It disappears after they come down the fire escape and doesn't return for the rest of the scene.

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Continuity mistake: John asks Paul's grandfather, "Are you nursing a broken heart?" and if you look over his head the window is closed. No one goes near it but two shots later John stands up and walks over to the old man and the window is now open.

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Other mistake: When Ringo and the young boy with the tire walk along the path together and the boy asks Ringo, "Why aren't you at work?," you can see Ringo mouthing the line along with him.

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Continuity mistake: When the boys sneak off to the nightclub, the clothes they are wearing when they leave the hotel are different from those that they are wearing for the remainder of the night.

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Other mistake: When the Beatles are playing cards and singing "I Should Have Known Better," Paul (who shouldn't really be singing anyway) flubs the first line of the last verse. He sings "I sh... [laughs] never realized..." John does almost the exact same thing when they sing "I Should Have Known Better" in the concert scene.

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Visible crew/equipment: In the opening credits two cameramen are seen in the reflection of the window.

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Continuity mistake: When Ringo looks in the mirror in the hotel room he has a peeled banana in his hand, then in the next scene it disappears.

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Continuity mistake: As The Beatles leave the train Paul goes through the first limo and we can see the second limo he's running to with a bunch of photographers standing at the side of it taking pictures. In the next shot the photographers are standing in front of the car and not taking any pictures.

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Continuity mistake: When the Beatles run out into the field it's an overcast day. In the very next scene the sun is shining.

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Visible crew/equipment: In their final performance look closely and you can see director Richard Lester moving through the shot. He's between the Beatles and the audience.

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Visible crew/equipment: In the dining car the reflection of the crew and the equipment can be seen on the far right against the wall.

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Continuity mistake: Paul's Grandfather has a wide grin on his face when Norm walks into their car on the train. In the very next shot it's gone.

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Other mistake: When the Beatles are rehearsing for the TV gig, it is easy to see that they are not actually playing their instruments. John points out to Ringo that he isn't even hitting the cymbals, which he attempts to improve.

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Continuity mistake: Paul combs his hair in the mirror during the train sequence. After that a lock of hair appears over his left eyebrow for several shots. By the end of the scene his hair is back to being combed perfectly.

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Visible crew/equipment: On the train you can see a shadow of a mike on John's chin when he says, "No that's his other one."

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Continuity mistake: In several shots of the audience, girls can be seen sitting in seats, then several shots later they've moved and can be seen leaning over the balcony.

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Continuity mistake: When they sing "Tell Me Why" for the TV show there's a shot taken from behind The Beatles. Here as John sings, "Well I'm beggin' on my bended knees" the microphone that was in front of him has now been moved and is facing Ringo. Later in the scene you can see that there are only two microphones on the stage here, one for Paul and George and one for John.

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Revealing mistake: In their hotel room Ringo says, "Do I snore, John?" If you look at Paul's hands on the piano it's obvious that he's not playing and that it's an over-dub that we are listening to.

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Continuity mistake: In all the overhead helicopter shots the shadows are very long. The shots on the ground have less of a shadow indicating they were done several hours later.

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Continuity mistake: The stage lift that Paul's grandfather is sitting on while signing the pictures is larger, and a different color that the stage lift he comes up on in the middle of the play.

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Continuity mistake: The TV producer talks to George and says, "I mean lines ducky, can you handle lines?" and his two assistants are sitting on the window sill in front of the blinds. In the next shot they both have moved over about four feet to their left and are not in front of the window anymore.

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Continuity mistake: When The Beatles first enter their stateroom on the train we see the door as Paul opens it and there's a first-class sign on it. Later Norm and Shake leave the stateroom as the older grumpy gentleman walks in. They never leave but this stateroom is not the same one that The Beatles walked into before as it has another sticker under the first-class sign that reads, "All Seats Reserved".

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Visible crew/equipment: A grumpy old man comes into their stateroom and sits with The Beatles. If you watch closely on the left of the screen someone bumps into the stage light and we can see it flicker.

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Visible crew/equipment: In their final performance Richard Lester's shadow is seen going across John Lennon's back as he walks from the back of the stage to the spot where we see him between The Beatles and the audience.

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Continuity mistake: Sitting at their table Paul's grandfather tries to convince Ringo to stop reading his book and if you look closely there's plenty of sugar in the sugar shaker. No one touches it but when the old man says, "So you are a man after all" the sugar shaker is all of a sudden empty.

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Visible crew/equipment: Someone's shadow goes across Ringo's face while he's taking a picture in their train car.

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Plot hole: When the boys go to get Ringo out of the police station, the other 3 are in front of the police officers and Ringo is way behind strolling along with his camera. When they get trapped in the courtyard they are all together. How did Ringo manage to pass all the policemen with out getting arrested, whilst going slower than everyone else?

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Factual error: They're meant to be taping a TV show, but some of the cameras were motion picture cameras used for shooting the movie, rather than TV cameras.

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Continuity mistake: At the very end of "I Should Have Known Better" all The Beatles' microphones have been removed from in front of them.

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Continuity mistake: In the commissary Paul's grandfather says, "Would'ya look at 'em" as he tries to get Ringo to stop reading his book, which he holds differently between shots.

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Continuity mistake: As The Beatles sit in the train car talking about Paul's grandfather Paul says, "he's nursing a broken heart" and Paul is sitting behind his grandfather. In the next shot he's leaning in front of him.

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Continuity mistake: Sitting in the lunch car Norm gives Paul's grandfather the pictures and the old man says, "Hey Paulie would you sign one of them for us" as he puts the pictures on his plate. In the next shot the plate is not there.

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Continuity mistake: Watch the clock on a wall. Six minutes of the movie go by but that clock hasn't moved one minute.

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Continuity mistake: As the boys leave in the helicopter at the end of the film, it says "BEATLES" on the aircraft's door. The name is split into two different sections to fit on the sliding panels. A few seconds later, one half of the name is missing, leaving only "BEA" on the left-hand side.

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Audio problem: As George sings, "I'm happy just to dance with you" four girls stand next to Paul and Ringo as their boss comes out yelling at them to get back to work. If you look at Ringo, his drumming is in perfect sync with the song but Paul's bass playing is not.

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Visible crew/equipment: The cameraman's shadow and reflection are seen on the left of the photo booth that the Beatles were hiding in during the opening scenes.

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Continuity mistake: Shake has only one Pepsi which he gives to George, then later there are two.

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Continuity mistake: As he talks to Norm, Shake the TV producer says, " If they don't show up I wouldn't be in your shoes for all the tea in China" and the clock above his head reads 7:12 PM. In the next shot we see Paul's grandfather trying to sell autographed pictures of The Beatles to the girls on line outside the theater and it's mid-afternoon.

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Audio problem: When Ringo is "parading" he comes out of a thrift shop wearing his new over coat and hat and tries to talk to a girl in a black jacket. We hear her say to him, "Get out of it, Shorty" but her lips are saying something entirely different.

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Continuity mistake: When Paul's grandfather pulls the elevator lever he throws the pictures down in a messy pile. In the next shot when he pops up on stage the pictures are in a neat pile.

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Continuity mistake: When Ringo goes out "parading" two girls recognize him as he walks down the street taking pictures with his camera. If you look closely the cars parked on the street to the right of the screen change between shots.

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Continuity mistake: On the train we never see Shake hand anything to John then all of a sudden, he has a Pepsi and his hand.

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Audio problem: When Ringo turns on the transistor radio, he plays with the volume control, but the sound on the radio doesn't change until after he lifts his finger.

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Continuity mistake: Wilfrid Brambell asks Paul to sign a Beatle picture and he uses a ballpoint pen. Later, he copies them over using the master copy that The Beatles signed with ballpoint pens. Their signatures are now different (done with a thick felt marker) so they can stand out better in the black and white shot.

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Continuity mistake: When the TV producer says to George "of course they're grotty, you wretched nit" his hands are out in front of him. In the previous shot his hands were behind his back.

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Continuity mistake: Ringo hangs out in a bar and accidentally ruins a game that two guys are playing as he spills some change from his coat onto their board. The coins are rearranged on the board between shots.

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Continuity mistake: In final performance sequence watch for Ringo's mysterious moving bongo drums. They're on his right and disappear, then reappear, disappear and then reappear several times.

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Continuity mistake: When George is showing Shake how to shave in the hotel bathroom, he puts shaving cream on the mirror. In the next shot the bathroom door opens, Norm enters and the mirror is completely clean.

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Audio problem: During the show George stops playing as he yanks Paul's grandfather off the stage but we still hear his lead guitar riff in "She Loves You".

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Audio problem: A studio engineer tries to play with Ringo's drums and George says, "He's very fussy about his drums. They loom large in his legend," as he tries to tune his guitar. If you listen closely George is paying his fifth string while adjusting the tuning peg of his fourth string on his Rickenbacker.

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Other mistake: An old woman in a dress shop peeps out to see all the cameras in front of her store before the Beatles run by on their way back to the studio.

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Continuity mistake: In this scene George passes a poster that reads "Hughes and Macready". Two shots later it's back in a different place place.

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Continuity mistake: After "She Loves You" they bow and the sign behind them is lit up and says "Beatles". The editor made a mistake here and inserted a shot from earlier in the movie with the stage background from the song "Tell Me Why".

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Continuity mistake: When Paul's grandfather is below the stage the pictures are on his left. As he emerges on the stage the pictures are now on his right.

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Continuity mistake: The clock on the wall is constantly changing time in this scene. You can see it several times and you can see its reflection in the mirror.

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Continuity mistake: Upon their return the TV producer says to The Beatles, " You don't know what this means to me, if you hadn't come back it would have meant The Epilogue or News in Welsh" as they get ready for the show. Norm is standing behind the producer but then in the next shot as he talks to him he's on his right.

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Visible crew/equipment: In the second verse of "If I Fell" there's a shot from behind Ringo. Just as they sing, "If I trust in you" you can see a crewmember's head bobbing up and down at the bottom right of the screen. We see this place in previous and subsequent shots and no one is sitting there.

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Continuity mistake: At the end of "I Should Have Known Better" there's a lone drumstick that appears wedged into a tuning key on the front of Ringo's bass drum that wasn't there in previous shots.

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Continuity mistake: When the rude man comes into the Beatles compartment in the train scene, you can plainly see that the armrest between him and John is already down, but in the next shot, the man puts it down.

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Audio problem: After the scene in the TV producer's office with George there's a shot of rehearsals going on at the TV studio with an older actor singing a German opera. His lips are mouthing something else.

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Continuity mistake: In the intro credits, John, George and Ringo jump onto several stacks of newspapers and John is sitting on them to the right. In the next shot he is crouching with both hands in front him ready to jump off.

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Continuity mistake: When John sings "I Should Have Known Better" there's an extreme close-up of his face as he sings, "That when I tell you that I love you, oh " and he's obviously sweating. In the next shot they show a close-up of his face on the control room monitor and there isn't a drop of sweat on him.

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Continuity mistake: As Paul sings, "Bright are the stars that shine" from "And I Love Her" they show a close-up of his face on the TV monitor entirely lit up by the stage lights. In the next live shot there's a shadow on the right side of his face.

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Continuity mistake: Paul's grandfather sits in the basement of the TV studio and pulls out a white ballpoint pen to sign the phony autographs on The Beatles' pictures. In the next shot he has a different silver pen that can be seen as it reflects the studio lights.

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Continuity mistake: On the stage Victor Spinetti says, "It's a young man's medium, I just can't stand the pace" and look closely at his blond assistant as she follows him off the set. At first she has nothing in her hands then she has a pile of paper.

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Continuity mistake: When John talks to the woman by the staircase if you look at the clock above his head it reads 3:25. In the very next shot of George going into the TV producers office the same clock now reads 6:20.

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Audio problem: When George sings, "I don't need to hug or hold you tight" from "I'm happy just to dance with you" he's lip-syncing the wrong words.

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Factual error: After the TV producer talks to Norm and Shake, three Beatles (minus Ringo) appear singing the theme song of the movie "A Hard Day's Night". Not only are their lips not moving, but they couldn't possibly have been playing "A Hard Day's Night" because it wasn't written until after the movie was completed.

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Continuity mistake: After the show, Norm tells The Beatles to get ready to leave for a midnight matinee later that night and the clock on the wall reads 9:10 PM. It's well after dark but in the next shot as they board the helicopter for the next show it's midday.

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Revealing mistake: Ringo meets up with a young boy while he's out 'parading' who says, "I'm a deserter" after Ringo inquires about why he's not in school. As the boy says this line there's an out of focus close-up of Ringo.

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Audio problem: John stops strumming his guitar on the intro to "If I Fell" but we still hear the guitar playing.

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Audio problem: When they sing "I Should Have Known Better" for the TV show there's a shot of John playing his harmonica just before he sings, "Wo oo oo I" and the harmonica is still in his mouth as we hear him sing the beginning of the verse.

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Revealing mistake: As Paul sings, "And I Love Her" there's a close-up shot of Ringo playing his bongos. The only problem is there are no bongos in this part of the song.

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Audio problem: The television concert features three songs on which John played acoustic guitar, but he keeps his electric guitar the whole time.

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Audio problem: During the final concert, Ringo's drumming is frequently out of sync with the sounds heard.

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Continuity mistake: When John says to Paul's grandfather, "Ya see you know what your trouble is, you should have gone West to America," they're standing about six feet apart, but in the next shot John has his arm on his shoulder.

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Continuity mistake: The opening for the elevator where Paul's grandfather pops up through the stage floor disappears between shots at the end of "She Loves You".

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Revealing mistake: John takes a pair of scissors and cuts the tailor's tape measure as he says, "I now declare this bridge open". Everyone else has left the room but the tailor winks at someone off camera.

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Audio problem: In the back of the train as his grandfather sits locked up Paul says, "Well you've got to admit you've upset a lot of people," and Paul's voice sounds natural. His voice in the next line sounds entirely different as he says, "At least I can keep my eye on you while you're stuck in here," and is an obvious over-dub done in another place.

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Continuity mistake: In the lunch car as Paul signs the picture for his grandfather he's holding it with his right hand. In the next shot his hand has moved and he's holding in with his thumb.

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Audio problem: As The Beatles go out of the fire escape door Ringo shouts, "We're out" just before "Can't buy me love" starts playing. If you look closely at his lips he doesn't actually say anything.

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Continuity mistake: George goes into a TV producers office and the secretary's phone is pushed right up against the edge of her desk. In the next shot when she puts on her shoe the phone is pushed back about two inches from the edge of the desk.

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Continuity mistake: As The Beatles leave their hotel room, in the corner on a left is a guitar case, a vase, and a bottle of Pepsi underneath the mirror. When they come back the bottle of Pepsi is gone.

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Factual error: When they sing "I Should Have Known Better" look at Paul's left wrist - he's wearing a metal ID bracelet. Anyone who plays guitar knows that they jangle against the strings. He makes sure in any real live performances that it is tucked up in his sleeve away from the strings.

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Continuity mistake: The makeup on the boy that Ringo meets keeps changing.

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