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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

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Everyone in the World Has Forgotten the Beatles. Everyone Except Jack.... See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

The flight attendant on Ed Sheeran's private jet was actually Sheeran's wife, Cherry Seaborn. See more »

Goofs

When Ellie and Jack have their conversation in the sub shop in the train station Rockie barges in to tell them he was supposed to FaceTime with Debra and some executives while at dinner. The only problems with that is that they mention that it is a little after 11 am GMT which would be 3 am PST. See more »

Quotes

Jack Malik: [after Ed's asked Jack to be his opening act] Um, how long do you need?
Ed Sheeran: About thirty minutes maximum. Any more than that, people start getting a bit restless. You know, "Bring on the ginger geezer."
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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 »


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Maxwell's Silver Hammer
(John Lennon & Paul McCartney)
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An original homage that helps break the current biopic trend
14 August 2019 | by naveen64See all my reviews

After being subjected to a number of films documenting the lives of musicians - most notably "Bohemian Rhapsody", "Rocketman" and "Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story" - it is truly a pleasure to be presented with a film that sheds light on the work and life of an artist while not adhering to the strict (though desirable) biographical approach. That is exactly what makes the piece so marvellous; I came out of the cinema with a greater appreciation of The Beatles, and their music, through a fictional story that did not feature the four men we are familiar with at all. Quite often the film achieved my admiration for the band without me consciously noticing.

On another level, the film made a satire of the modern music industry. It revealed how the apparent "solo" artists are far from their titles; with huge teams of people pushing them in a preferred, and more commercial, creative direction, taking the musicians' creative power. This was done in a humorous light (as most themes are presented in the film). The romantic aspect of the film is evident from the beginning and is a dominant aspect of the story, possibly shifting the focus of the piece a little too much. However, it still helps provides a satisfying ending.

The film pays a great amount of respect in a fresh way while cleverly interweaving other conflicts.


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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:

$153,178,301
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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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