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Yesterday (2019)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Fantasy, Music | 28 June 2019 (USA)
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A struggling musician realizes he's the only person on Earth who can remember The Beatles after waking up in an alternate timeline where they never existed.

Director:

Danny Boyle

Writers:

Richard Curtis (screenplay by), Jack Barth (story by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Himesh Patel ... Jack Malik
Lily James ... Ellie Appleton
Sophia Di Martino ... Carol
Ellise Chappell ... Lucy
Meera Syal ... Sheila Malik
Harry Michell ... Nick
Vincent Franklin ... Brian
Joel Fry ... Rocky
Michael Kiwanuka ... Michael Kiwanuka
Karma Sood Karma Sood ... Young Jack
Gus Brown Gus Brown ... Marcus The Dentist
Sanjeev Bhaskar ... Jed Malik
Karl Theobald ... Terry
Alexander Arnold ... Gavin
Dominic Coleman ... Ipswich TV Host

What Are the Cast and Creators of 'Yesterday' Watching?

Yesterday director Danny Boyle, screenwriter Richard Curtis, and stars Lily James and Himesh Patel reveal their TV and movie obsessions. And yes, a classic Beatles movie is on the list.

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Storyline

In Lowestoft UK, Jack Malik is a frustrated musician whose musical career is going nowhere despite the faith that his friend/manager Ellie Appleton has in him. However, on the night Jack decides to give up, the whole world is momentarily hit with a massive blackout during which Jack is hit by a bus. Upon regaining consciousness, Jack learns to his astonishment that he is apparently now the only one who knows the music of the Beatles. Realizing this improbable opportunity, Jack begins playing the music of one of the world's greatest rock bands, being forced to claim it as his own. It pays off quickly and Jack becomes a worldwide musical sensation. However, Jack finds himself drifting away from Ellie, only realizing his love for her when she has become intimidated by his success, which depends on a blatant plagiarization that no one could find out. Now, Jack must make a fundamental moral decision about his music to satisfy his conscience as he decides what he truly needs. Written by Kenneth Chisholm

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Yesterday everyone knew the Beatles. Today, only Jack remembers their songs. He's about to become a very big deal. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for suggestive content and language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

This movie delayed production of No Time to Die (2021). See more »

Goofs

When the blackout occurs, there are shots of various places across the globe simultaneously descending into darkness, yet half of the globe would have been in daylight. See more »

Quotes

[addressing the Wembley Stadium crowd; referring to the giant screen on the stadium showing Ellie]
Jack Malik: This is Ellie. And when I had no fans, Ellie was my only fan. The only person in the world who believed in me. And that's why, tonight, I asked Ed if I could come on and play, because I want to tell her, and you, what I've done. Darn it, Ellie, I've been untrue. All the songs I've sung tonight were really written and performed by four men called John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and ...
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Crazy Credits

During the closing credits, massive, colored words pan horizontally across the screen in connection with the department that is currently scrolling up the screen. For example: EDITING, COLOUR, MUSIC, L.A., MOSCOW (for the L.A. and Moscow units), 2ND UNIT, etc. See more »


Soundtracks

One Life
(Steve Mac, John McDaid & Ed Sheeran)
Performed by Ed Sheeran
Courtesy of Warner Music UK Ltd
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Homage to Beatles and perks of plagiarism
28 October 2019 | by perica-43151See all my reviews

The concept of the movie is nothing short of brilliant, though delivery is solid, but not stellar. Still, it is a good movie, with lots of Beatles music celebrated in a nice way, but the movie is a bit light when tackling issues of plagiarism, cost of fame, corruption of the music industry etc. It can also be inspiring from time to time, showing how a true gift of genius must feel like and how it is, supposedly, validated despite of some misunderstandings and corruption on many levels in modern society. Some lighthearted humor and pretty formulaic love story is there also along the way. The movie is somewhat ruined by casting of one pretty lame SNL actress, who just cannot act and is so over the top disgust ing that she unwittingly parodies the intended music industry parody and undermines the otherwise pretty decent movie. However, music of the boy band from Liverpool saves the day time and again, and shows how true talent and genius looks like, almost by contrast.


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Country:

UK | China | Japan | USA

Language:

English | Portuguese | Japanese

Release Date:

28 June 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Cantley, Norfolk, England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$26,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,010,050, 30 June 2019

Gross USA:

$73,286,650

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$153,178,480
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Sound Mix:

D-Cinema 48kHz 5.1 (Dolby Surround 5.1) (downmixed)| Dolby Atmos

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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