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

One early concept was that the color purple was among the things that did not exist, with a casual reference to the band Deep Purple now being called "Deep Orange." This idea was abandoned because it would be too much work to ensure no extras were wearing purple. See more »

Goofs

Near the end of the movie when Debra begins her race to the stage, she comes through a doorway and is clearly heard saying "Where's the stage?" while her lips are not moving. See more »

Quotes

Rocky: Love your work, man.
Ed Sheeran: Thanks.
Rocky: Especially the rapping.
Ed Sheeran: Really?
Rocky: No, I'm only kidding.
[laughs]
Rocky: No, leave it to the brothers, that'd be my advice. Gingers and rap, sounds a bit crap.
Ed Sheeran: Well, you may be right.
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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

Penguins
(John McDaid & Ed Sheeran)
Performed by Ed Sheeran
Courtesy of Warner Music UK Ltd
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A Brilliant Original Story with a Wonderful Moving Ending
20 June 2019 | by howells-94665See all my reviews

After Bohemian Rhapsody and Rocketman. Yesterday is the next movie based on the classic song sang by a classic musicians. But unlike Bohemian Rhapsody and Rocketman which are biography movies. Yesterday is a fantasy comedy movie which is a different take from the previous two. Did the movie deliver or did the movie disappoint. After seeing the first trailer back in February I was very interested in the its unique concept of the movie.

The plot for the movie centers around Jack Malek who is a struggling musician until he had a bus crash while power was turned off about 12 seconds he then finds out that he is the only person who knows the songs of the Beatles.

The movie delivered on its premised in a lot of levels. The performances by Himesh Patel and Lily James was excellent they had great chemistry and you can feel their friendship grew throughout the movie. I thought Ed Sheeran wasn't that bad in the movie and he was a lot better than I expecting considering that most real life musicians acting was mostly bad. The movie featured lots of classic Beatles which was great even though Let It Be was on briefly I was expecting a full version of the record in the movie. But that didn't ruin the whole movie. The ending of movie was very moving and emotional don't going to say anything about the ending but it was lovely ending.

Overall the movie was excellent it was original but unlike a lot of original movies that has a great premise but didn't deliver this movie does deliver with great performances and a wonderful ending this movie is to enjoy by everyone who loves the the Beatles or just want to have a great fun time at the cinema. I highly recommend it.


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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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