A Hard Day's Night: Collector's Series

1964 G 1h 32m Blu-ray / DVD

A Hard Day's Night: Collector's Series

1964 G 1h 32m Blu-ray / DVD
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The Beatles's first movie -- a groundbreaking comedy often considered director Richard Lester's best film -- chronicles a "typical" day in their lives, filled with frenzied fans, crazy relatives and a soundtrack of familiar songs. The film defined the Beatles' impish appeal, and John, Paul, George and Ringo are surprisingly assured on-screen. Songs include "Can't Buy Me Love," "And I Love Her" and "I Should Have Known Better."
John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Wilfrid Brambell, Norman Rossington, John Junkin, Victor Spinetti, Anna Quayle, Deryck Guyler, Richard Vernon
Richard Lester
Blu-ray DVD
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.66:1
English SDH
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
Widescreen 1.78:1
English SDH
English: DTS 5.1 Surround
G - All ages admitted. Nothing that would offend parents for viewing by children. G - All ages admitted. Nothing that would offend parents for viewing by children.
age 8+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 8+
age 8+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that A Hard Day's Night is a great way to introduce kids to The Beatles -- or, as a family, to just enjoy their glory days. Aside from Paul's naughty grandfather, a lot of heavy smoking (typical of the era), and some brief drug-related humor (which kids may miss entirely), there's very little iffy content here, so just focus on singing along with the soundtrack.

Sexual Content

A few bawdy jokes with a mention of an orgy and that Paul's grandpa is "sex obsessed."


Many fans trip while chasing The Beatles, and some others look faint in the audience later. A car is stolen, a dove is squished in a man's sleeve, a woman falls down a hole and is immediately rescued, some running from the police and talk of the mean things they can do to prisoners.


One "damn."

Social Behavior

By keeping things light and silly, fame isn't ever taken too seriously here, despite all the screaming, running fans. A few nice messages in the love songs, like "Money Can't Buy Me Love."


This movie is of course meant to sell the album as well. There are also brief glimpses of what looks like a Pepsi bottle and someone is reading a Mad magazine book.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Lots and lots of (era-accurate) smoking by everyone. Brief drug-related humor (John pretends to snort cocaine from the top of his Pepsi bottle). Lots of drinking at a dance club.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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