McCartney takes trip down memory lane
July 06, 2004
Paul McCartney took a trip down memory lane today to mark the 40th
anniversary of the Beatles film A Hard Day's Night.
The star was reunited with cast and crew from the movie at a special
screening in London.
And he was visibly moved to see himself and his former band mates on
the big screen again – the first time he had watched the film from
beginning to end since its world premiere in 1964.
"It's lovely to see you all here again," he told the audience.
"The film looks so great and as if it was just yesterday – but it
McCartney, 62, watched the black and white film with wife, Heather.
It was released before the 36-year-old former model was born and she
had never seen it before.
"Heather has never seen it full-length, we have just seen bits and
pieces," Sir Paul explained.
He added: "Yes, it takes me back, it's great seeing it again.
"it's very sad that George and John aren't around to see it."
A Hard Day's Night followed a day in the life of the group at the
height of Beatlemania.
They had a series of adventures as they prepared for a TV appearance,
all the while trying to keep Paul's mischief-making grandfather
(Wilfrid Brambell) out of trouble.
Cast members attending today's exclusive screening in central London
included Victor Spinetti, who played the neurotic TV director; John
Junkin, who played junior road manager Shake; and David Janson, who
played the young boy who befriends Ringo.
The film was an instant hit on its release and propelled the
Liverpool group to even greater fame.
It features 12 Beatles hits, including the No 1s Can't Buy Me Love,
She Loves You and A Hard Day's Night.
To mark the 40th anniversary, the film is to be released on DVD with
rare and new footage.