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U2: Rattle and Hum (1988)

A documentary of the Irish rock group U2 on their Fall 1987 tour of North America.


Phil Joanou
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Credited cast:
Bono ... Self
The Edge ... Self
Adam Clayton ... Self
Larry Mullen Jr. ... Self
B.B. King ... Self
Phil Joanou ... Self
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dennis Bell Dennis Bell ... Self
Adam Gussow ... Self
Jack Hale Jack Hale ... Self
Jim Horn ... Self
Wayne Jackson Wayne Jackson ... Self (as The Memphis Horns)
Andrew Love Andrew Love ... Self (as The Memphis Horns)
Sterling Magee ... Self
Joey Miskulin Joey Miskulin ... Self (as Joseph M. Miskulin)
Gayl Murphy Gayl Murphy ... Self (as Press Conference Interviewer)


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 to indulge in some special musical activities like playing with B.B. 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 are featured while Bono speaks his mind on the problems of his homeland. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Did You Know?


Elvis Presley's daughter, Lisa Marie Presley, who was twenty years old at the time, received a "special thanks" credit from U2 for allowing them a personal tour of her father's home at Graceland. After the visit in the documentary, U2 drummer Larry Mullen Jr. later emotionally noted that he wished Elvis had not been buried in the backyard. See more »


[Talking about going to Graceland and seeing Elvis' house]
Larry: When I got there, I enjoyed it and all but seeing the grave and the eternal flame and all that, it seemed very distant. I wish he hadn't been buried in the, um, in the backyard, I really wish he'd been buried somewhere where I couldn't have gone, I would have felt better, you know.
Larry: I don't know why, you know, it's just one of those things.
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Referenced in State of Grace (1990) See more »


Silver and Gold
Words Bono
Music U2
Recorded live at McNichols Arena in Denver, Colorado
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17 March 2003 | by guido anselmiSee all my reviews

A must see for any U2 fan, which I am. From a filmmaking standpoint, the stark black and white photography provides an appropriately timeless quality. It's a concert film on an epic scope, and Bono and Co. are our great heroes. Might seem a little pretentious to some, but when you're U2 you have a right to a little egomania.

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Release Date:

4 November 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,821,351, 6 November 1988

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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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