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U2: Rattle and Hum (1988)

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A documentary of Irish rock group U2's Fall 1987 tour of North America.

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This film documents the 1987 North American tour of the great rock band, U2. Fresh with their success of their best selling album, The Joshua Tree, the band plays monster gigs. Along the way, the band takes the opportunity in indulge in some special musical activities like playing with BB King and performing "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking" with a famous church choir. All the while, concert footage of the band's biggest hits on tour is featured while Bono speaks his mind on the problems of his homeland. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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4 November 1988 (USA)  »

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$8,600,823 (USA)
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Bono was advised to cut his "fuck the revolution" speech during the instrumental to "Sunday Bloody Sunday" from the film, as it was claimed that IRA paramilitaries had added Bono to their hit-lists. The outburst, in response to the Enniskillen bombing that killed eleven people and wounded many more, stayed in the film anyway. See more »

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[the band is thrilled to be playing with B.B. King]
B.B. King: If we could find somebody to play chords... I'm no good with chords. I'm horrible with chords.
Bono: Um... yeah... well, uh, the Edge can do that.
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Soundtracks

Freedom For My People
Written by Sterling Magee, Bobby Robinson and Macie Mabins
Performed by Sterling Magee (guitar/percussion/vocals) and Adam Gussov on Harmonica
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An underrated look at U2 during a pivotal time in their career.
5 August 2002 | by (Seattle, Washington) – See all my reviews

This movie delivers U2 doing what they do best (touring), experimenting with new types of music in America and showing us that they're truly the nice guys they're projected to be. I see nothing disappointing about charismatic interviews, solid musical performances and meaningful reflection. Those who disliked this departure from the band's "usual" style can't recognize the importance of musical growth we see here. Looking back to what The Joshua Tree was and what became Achtung Baby, it's easy to see Rattle and Hum was a necessary expression of their progress at that time, and a humble look at a band celebrating their artistic heroes.


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