The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - the Touring Years

The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - the Touring Years

Ron Howard (2016)

101min
12A Certificate
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Review

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The most celebrated and scrutinised group in music history once more falls under the spotlight in Ron Howard's suitably fab documentary. Focusing on the period from 1962 - when Ringo first joined Paul, John and George in the line-up - to the Beatles' final bow at San Francisco's Candlestick Park in August '66, the film captures all the excitement, antipathy and exhaustion of the band's years on the road. It's a story that has been anthologised more comprehensively elsewhere, but the unseen fan-shot footage and some surprisingly underused newsreel bring a welcome freshness to those familiar career milestones. The input of surviving members Paul and Ringo touchingly reaffirms the Beatles' brotherly bonds, journalist Larry Kane recalls the dangers of being part of the touring entourage, and the likes of Sigourney Weaver share their experiences of being at the shows. It's pretty clear that some digital jiggery-pokery has been used to correct deficiencies in some of the original colour and audio footage, but those teenage screams are the real deal, reaching an ear-shredding zenith at the record-breaking '65 gig at New York's Shea Stadium. As a record of the roller-coaster years before they retreated into the studio, this is a must-see for every Beatles fan - and who isn't?

Summary

Premiere. Director Ron Howard's documentary charting the period the Beatles spent on the road. Their first gigs with the classic line-up took place around Liverpool in 1961 and their last concert took place in San Francisco in 1966. During that brief span, they helped to forge a global pop culture. This film incorporates restored footage from the live shows, starting in Manchester in 1963, and includes several of the songs in their entirety. Contributors include Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Elvis Costello, Richard Curtis, Whoopi Goldberg, Eddie Izzard, Howard Goodall and Malcolm Gladwell.

Cast & Crew

Paul McCartney Paul McCartney
Ringo Starr Ringo Starr
John Lennon John Lennon
George Harrison George Harrison
Whoopi Goldberg Whoopi Goldberg
Sigourney Weaver Sigourney Weaver
Larry Kane Larry Kane
Richard Curtis Richard Curtis
Director Ron Howard
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Studio CanalGuidance: Swearing, drug references.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 15 Sep 2016
Drama Documentary