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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, claiming 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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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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

At one point in the film, Ed Sheeran suggests to sing the famous The Beatles song "Hey Jude" as "Hey Dude." The Milwaukee-based Beatles-Metallica-crossover metal-band "Beatallica" actually did a parody version of "Hey Jude," entitled "Hey Dude." They officially released it in 2007 on their album "Sgt. Hetfield's Motorbreath Pub Band" (a parody to the Beatles-Album "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band"), which was full with other Beatles-covers in Metallica-Style. See more »

Goofs

The first time Jack googles The Beatles in his room, there is a Killers poster on the wall behind him. The Killers were formed after their lead singer Brandon Flowers was inspired by an Oasis concert he had attended. Later in the movie, it is established that Oasis, in addition to The Beatles, had been wiped from existence as a result of the blackout. Therefore, The Killers would likely not exist as well because Brandon Flowers would not have attended an Oasis concert. Response: There is no way to know if The Killers would have been created if Oasis did not exist. In the alternate reality that movie creates, Brandon Flowers would have been inspired to form a band while watching a different concert. See more »

Quotes

Ellie Appleton: [after Jack sings Yesterday to Ellie and his friends] What the hell was that?
Jack Malik: Yesterday.
Carol: That was one of the most beautiful songs I've ever heard.
Rocky: Yeah. I mean, it's a bit-bit sloppy, but it's sweet.
Ellie Appleton: When did you write that?
Jack Malik: I didn't write it. Paul McCartney wrote it, The Beatles.
Carol: Who?
Jack Malik: The Beatles.
Carol: The what?
Jack Malik: John, Paul, George and Ringo, The Beatles.
[...]
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Crazy Credits

As well as the credits being shown in a Beatles-style font, whenever a name contains the letter B during the non-scrolling section of the closing credits, the B is larger than the rest of the text. See more »

Connections

References Jimmy Kimmel Live! (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Yesterday
(John Lennon & Paul McCartney)
Performed by Himesh Patel (uncredited)
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Slightly disappointing
29 June 2019 | by FrenchEddieFelsonSee all my reviews

To cut a long story short, with a film directed by Danny Boyle and based on a legendary band such as The Beatles, I was expecting significantly better, although the movie is definitely not bad. The love story between Jack Malik and Ellie Appleton is excellently interpreted by Himesh Patel and the gorgeous Lily James, while Kate McKinnon vervely interprets a sickening impresario. But the movie is globally disappointing with a certain flatness and a script suffering from a blatant lack of originality: the « Twilight Zone » effect has been seen again and again so many times. In fact, by being slightly in bad faith, the film Yesterday (2019) can almost be reduced to the Beatles songs. I am fully aware of the exaggeration, but allow me to moan and groan: I'm slightly disappointed with such a banal rom com about The Beatles, a stuff of legend across all periods of time.


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Release Date:

28 June 2019 (USA) See more »

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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:

$153,712,841
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D-Cinema 48kHz 5.1 (Dolby Surround 5.1) (downmixed)| Dolby Atmos

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2.39 : 1
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