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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.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Themselves (archive footage)
... Himself
... Himself
... Himself (archive footage)
... Himself (archive footage)
... Himself
Larry Kane ... Himself
... Herself
Frank Phillips ... Himself, BBC Radio newsreader (voice) (archive footage)
... Himself
Leonard Parkin ... Himself, BBC Radio newsreader (voice) (archive footage)
Carroll James ... Himself, WWDC disc jockey (voice) (archive footage)
Marsha Albert ... Herself (voice) (archive footage)
... Himself
Neil Aspinall ... Himself (archive footage)
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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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The band you know. The story you don't.

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Eight Days a Week  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$615,632, 16 September 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,930,414, 6 January 2017

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$12,283,800, 8 January 2017
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| (archive footage)| (digitally colored)

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

It was actually tonsillitis and pharyngitis that sidelined Ringo in June of 1964. He would have his tonsils removed later that year, in December. See more »

Goofs

The movie refers to Cousin Bruce Morrow at AM radio station 1010 "WIMS" in New York. The station was actually "WINS". See more »

Quotes

Reporter: What about the reports that you guys are nothing but a bunch of British Elvis Presleys?
Ringo Starr: [while shaking his body] It's not true. It's not true!
[the Beatles and reporters laugh]
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Connections

References Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971) See more »

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Good for the casual fan.
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I must say that following all the media publicity about discovering an untold story about the band we all know and love, I was disappointed by the lack of revelation and unseen footage that this movie contains. I am a hardcore fan and have probably read too many books and watched too many documentaries about the band, so I found it mildly interesting. That is not to say that the film is badly put together and many will find it interesting, not only there are footage of their touring but also some snippets of studio banter and early takes that I have never heard before. I rather enjoyed the Shea Stadium concert (that I probably had watched dozens of times before!), nice to watch on a big screen with a remastered sound (although most of the music has been overdubbed later in the studio, due to the poor recording quality but hey in 1965 it was quite a challenge to put a Beatles concert on tape with 50000 screaming girls in the background!). If you are not a hardcore Beatlemaniac you might enjoy this movie. The Beatles First Visit was far more interesting as regarding the life on the road.


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