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THE BEATLES: EIGHT DAYS A WEEK-THE TOURING YEARS

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NOT RATED

RUNNING TIME: 106 minutes (theatrical showings include 30 extra minutes of bonus footage from the 1965 Shea Stadium concert)


DIRECTOR:
Ron Howard

STARS:
Paul McCartney
Ringo Starr
John Lennon
George Harrison

SYNOPSIS:
THE BEATLES: EIGHT DAYS A WEEK - THE TOURING YEARS is based on the first part of The Beatles’ career (1962-1966) – the period in which they toured and captured the world’s acclaim. Ron Howard’s film explores how John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr came together to become this extraordinary phenomenon, “The Beatles.” It delves into their inner workings – how they made decisions, created their music and built their collective career together – all the while, highlighting The Beatles’ extraordinary and unique musical gifts and their remarkable, complementary personalities. The film focuses on the time period from the early Beatles’ journey in the days of The Cavern Club in Liverpool to their last concert at Candlestick Park in San Francisco in 1966. - Apple Corps/Abramorama/Hulu Documentary Films

ROG'S VIEWPOINT: 4 CAMS Camera Camera Camera Camera
Ron Howard's pitch-perfect documentary is a fabulous love letter to past, present and future fans of the Fab Four. From their early performing days through the bittersweet final public appearance on the rooftop of Apple headquarters, this musical treasure is filled with home movies, archival footage and interviews. Paul and Ringo provide new commentaries that are seamlessly blended in with archived interviews with John and George. Celebrities like Whoopi Goldberg, Elvis Costello, Eddie Izzard and Sigourney Weaver discuss what effect the Beatles had on their lives. But it's the rare look behind the scenes with people like manager Brian Epstein and record producer George Martin, the chaos surrounding their appearances and the snippets of concerts that make this film special. While the lengthy in-depth television mini-series "The Beatles Anthology" provides much more information, Mr. Howard's loving tribute should at least whet your appetite for more. With its stunning 4K restoration, this is the best movie-length Beatles doc in 30 years! Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!