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The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years

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Ron Howard

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About the Movie

In 1962 four young men - John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr - came together to form the 20th century musical phenomenon known as 'The Beatles'. The band stormed Europe in 1963 and, in 1964, they conquered America. Their groundbreaking world tours changed global youth culture forever and, arguably, invented mass entertainment as we know it today. All the while, the group were composing and recording a series of extraordinarily successful singles and albums. However, the relentless pressure of such unprecedented fame (which in 1966 became uncontrollable turmoil) led to the decision to stop touring. In the ensuing years The Beatles were then free to focus on a series of albums that changed the face of recorded music. Master storyteller and Oscar winner, Ron Howard, explores this incredible journey in his own unique way: How did The Beatles do this? How did they cope with all the fame and pressure? How did they not only survive, but go on to revolutionise popular music? With original interviews, footage, staggering live performances, and the intimate study of character that Ron Howard is known for, he puts us right inside this extraordinary adventure, answering the question everyone always wants to know: What was it like to be there?

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Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

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96%
  • Reviews Counted: 92
  • Fresh: 88
  • Rotten: 4
  • Average Rating: 7.9/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: 90 percent familiar and a bit hagiographic as well, but just try watching it without smiling. – Neil Genzlinger, New York Times, Sep 15, 2016

Fresh: Ron Howard's documentary rightly keeps coming back to the music and the band's delight in making it. Good move. It truly is a joy forever. – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone, Sep 15, 2016

Fresh: The music is so strong, and such a demonstration of how potent the group was in action, that it alone makes the film worth seeing. – Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times, Sep 15, 2016

Fresh: The Beatles now belong to an honored past, stuck there like an obelisk, and yet here they are, alive-busting out all over, time and time again. Yeah, yeah, yeah. – Anthony Lane, New Yorker, Sep 19, 2016

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Customer Reviews

Playback

I am sorry to say this but almost all songs have playback. You never see lead guitar solos or drums complete.

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I love this movie

Great movie

This is a great movie I love their sense of humor

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