Help! is a 1965 film directed by Richard Lester, starring the Beatles?John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr?and featuring Leo McKern, Eleanor Bron, Victor Spinetti, John Bluthal, Roy Kinnear and Patrick Cargill. Help! was the second feature film made by the Beatles and is a comedy adventure which sees the group come up against an evil cult. The soundtrack was released as an album, also called Help!.
The film had its Royal World Premiere at the London Pavilion Theatre in the West End of London on 29 July 1965 in the presence of Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon and the Earl of Snowdon.
While not reviewed at the time with the same high level of admiration as their first movie, the film is regarded a half century later as being influential, including in the subsequent development of music videos. The Beatles later said the film was shot in a "haze of marijuana".