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The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years (2016)

Unrated | | Documentary, Music | 17 September 2016 (USA)
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A compilation of found footage featuring music, interviews, and stories of The Beatles' 250 concerts from 1963 to 1966.

Director:

Ron Howard

Writers:

Mark Monroe, P.G. Morgan (story consultant)
Won 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 3 wins & 14 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
The Beatles ... Themselves (archive footage)
John Lennon ... Himself (archive footage)
George Harrison ... Himself (archive footage)
Paul McCartney ... Himself
Ringo Starr ... Himself
Richard Curtis ... Himself - Writer, Director
Frank Phillips Frank Phillips ... Himself - BBC Radio Newsreader (voice) (archive footage)
Leonard Parkin Leonard Parkin ... Himself - BBC Radio Newsreader (voice) (archive footage)
Carroll James Carroll James ... Himself - WWDC Disc Jockey (voice) (archive footage)
Marsha Albert Marsha Albert ... Herself (voice) (archive footage)
Eddie Izzard ... Himself
Ed Sullivan ... Himself (archive footage)
Whoopi Goldberg ... Herself
Neil Aspinall ... Himself - Beatles touring manager 1962-1970
Brian Epstein ... Himself - Beatles Manager (archive footage)
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Storyline

In the 1960s, the Beatles exploded on to the public scene, seemingly out of nowhere as the band's formative years of constant performing at home and in Hamburg, and Brian Epstein's grooming, finally paid off beyond their wildest dreams. Accompanying new interviews of the remaining Beatles, their associates and fans as well as archival interviews of the late ones, this film features footage of the heady concert years of 1963 to 66 when the band became a worldwide cultural phenomena topping them all. Furthermore, it also follows how the Fab Four began to change and grow while the excitement of Beatlemania began to sour their lives into an intolerable slog they needed to escape from to become more than what their fans wanted. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Taglines:

The band you know. The story you don't.

Genres:

Documentary | Music

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Official site | Official site | See more »

Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 September 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Beatles Live See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$785,336, 18 September 2016

Gross USA:

$2,930,414

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$12,283,800
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (2016 DELUXE DVD)

Color:

Color | Black and White (archive footage)| Color (digitally colored)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

In scenes shot during The Beatles June 1964 tour of the Netherlands, Hong Kong, Australia and New Zealand, substitute drummer Jimmy Nicol is seen but not mentioned. Nicol was hired to fill in when, on the eve of the tour, Ringo Starr was hospitalized with tonsillitis. See more »

Goofs

In the theatre special concert from Shea Stadium, George very visibly switches to his 12-string Rickenbacker guitar for "A Hard Day's Night", but during the song, there are a few shots of him suddenly playing his Gretsch instead. See more »

Quotes

Reporter: What place do you think this story of The Beatles is going to have on Western Culture?
Paul McCartney: You must be kidding me with that question. Culture? It's not culture.
Reporter: What is it then?
Paul McCartney: A good laugh.
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Features The Mersey Sound (1963) See more »

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Great tribute.
21 September 2016 | by HerbieStretchSee all my reviews

A movie that brings a freshness to old material with new interviews, unseen footage and enhanced sound and images. A real tribute. Don't go expecting an epiphany or any gritty revelations, this is a story retold with love and one suspects, awe. It does what the title says and focuses on the touring and the music with helpful and not over-intrusive commentary along the way, and helps the viewer to understand how the band came to their decision in 1966. It is not difficult to imagine that the band finished touring last year, such is the care and attention that has gone into enhancing the images. I loved this film, unashamedly.


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