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 the greatest of the 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.
Director: Danny Boyle
Writer: Jack Barth (story by), Richard Curtis (screenplay), Richard Curtis (story by)
Production: Universal Pictures
Released: 28 Jun 2019
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Benedict Cumberbatch becoming a sex...
I could murder a cigarette
You want a good life
When did you write that
You need serious psychiatric help
If it hasn't happened by now
I can't be the star that we thought I...
What the hell was that
It's not a very nice song
How long do you need
I do have a suggestion though
This is Ellie
This is a strange one
I'm only kidding
Nice to meet you
- Why am I not a bird? - A bird? - Yes, a bird. What do you mean, my daughter? Why can't I fly like a bird? Because you are not a bird. Because you are you. What if I was a bird?
- But if I was a bird... if you were a bird, we could fly... and be there quickly and not have to walk so far.
- Well, you are not a bird, my daughter.
- Beauty, you ask too many questions.
- Hello. - How are you? - I'm fine. We are looking for the village of Rooihoek. I am from that village. It's that way. How far is it? Not too far. But not close, either. We have been traveling fo
- - Is this the queue to see the doctor? - Yes. Thank you. Where are you from? - Rooihoek. - Rooihoek? That is far. Yes, it is far.
- Have you been waiting long? Since 7:00 this morning. - So early? - Yes.
- But there are still so many to go. Yes. It is better to come early. Will the doctor see us today?
- The doctor will only be able to see people...
- up to here. The rest of you will have to go home... and come back next week.
- I told you. It is best to come early. Before the sun. You see... we've waited a long time. We've been here for so long.
- Mamma, when is Daddy coming home again? Only next month, my child, on the 25th. - Is that a lot of days? - Yes, that's a lot of days. Do you think he will buy a motor car? - A motor car? - Yes,
- Have you heard? Kunene's widow got four numbers in the lotto. - Four? - Yes. She paid a visit to the sangoma who told her to play number seven. She did and it worked. It was one of the four num
- How much do you get for six numbers?
- A million rand! Sometimes two million. - A million rand? - Yes. For six numbers? Imagine, such a lot of money. What would you do if you won a million? I don't play. Yes, but if you did? I don
- I did not see him. But you went to the clinic? Yes, but it was full. I have to go back next Tuesday. Perhaps you will be feeling better by then. Perhaps.
- Hello. Hello. Have you heard about Kunene's widow? Four numbers! I've heard.
- - Mamma? - Yes, my child? Where does the river go? What do you mean? Where does it start and where does it end? It starts in the mountains... and ends in the sea. I think. In the sea! It goes a
- No. Water can't go up a mountain. Only down. So it won't reach the sea? Not if there is a mountain in the way. Then it won't reach the sea. Now enough of all these questions! There is still a lo
- Don't look so frightened, my child. It is only a cough. We need to start planting before it gets dark. Get the seeds quickly.
- I'm hungry. Should I peel an orange for you?
- The doctor can only see up to here. The rest of you, go home. Please. I'm from Rooihoek. I have to see the doctor today. I'm sorry, but she can only see up to here. You will have to come back nex
- Hello again. Hello. Where is your friend? She's lucky. They needed a teacher in your village. - You are from Rooihoek, aren't you? - Yes. - What about you? - I was not so lucky. What will you
- Are you all right? I am fine. Are you sure? I'm sure. I'm trying to see the doctor. I am fine. - Go well then. - Go well!
- This is the only pump in the village, but the water is good. Also, if anything's happening in the village... this is where you can find out about it first. The Chief will never allow it. You kno
- See? Well, the white flag is flying high... and proud above his hut. And proud above his hut. He must like his new wife very much. I have never seen a flag so high.
- Not only a white flag, I hear. A red one, too.
- He's a cheeky boy, that one. It's not enough that he's causing problems by wanting... to get married to one of Misamangu's daughters... but he's already advertising for another wife. Exactly!
- I don't like it. Trouble is all I see.
- If they are in love, they are in love. There's nothing much anyone can do about it.
- Look here. It's true, he likes the ladies too much, that one.
- Thank you for walking with me. We can go together again tomorrow. I fetch water every day. - I'll see you tomorrow then. - Thank you.
- She's playing down in the field. Thank you.
- Tell me... how long have you had this falling sickness? This is the first time. The first time? I have been trying to see the doctor. I have not been well these past few weeks. The doctor? At
- And what did the doctor say? I have not seen him yet. Not seen him? It is difficult. There are always so many people. And still you did not come to see me?
- If you do not trust me, you should not have come. You should have waited until the day, whenever that day arrives... that the doctors at the clinic decide to see you. Do you understand?
- You must let go of the anger. I am not angry. You are. I can feel it. Here, here and here. You carry it on your shoulders. I am not angry. I cannot help you... if you do not let the anger out o
- You see how it makes you sick?
- What do I have to be angry about? Why do you ask me this?
- I am not angry. I can treat you... but if you do not let this anger go, then it may not work. - Do you understand? - Yes.
- I heard what happened. I heard you collapsed.
- I came to see if there's anything I can do for you. You are very kind. But I am fine. - Would you like tea? - If it is no trouble. No trouble at all.
- I have no sugar. That's fine. I like it bitter.
- - Did she help you? - I don't know.
- Perhaps you are a diabetic? A what? It's to do with your sugar levels. Maybe they are too low? Sugar levels? Some people, if their sugar levels are too low, they collapse.
- I would not know. You are the teacher, not me. You should see a doctor. I am trying. I am trying. But it is far to the clinic and I always get there too late.
- We shall have to arrange something. You could take the taxi.
- That is a waste of money. But it is only five rand. A waste of money. It is better to walk.
- - Good morning. - What is going on? - It's Tuesday. - So? So the taxi is ready to take you to the clinic in Kromdraai. Don't worry, it is already paid for. Hurry up and get dressed. You will b
- Thank you. I cannot wait. Who knows how long you will be? I understand. Thank you, again.
- Yesterday, is it? Yes, madam. I've had a Tomorrow and a Today even. But never a Yesterday. Who named you that? My father, madam. He said that things were better yesterday than they are today.
- How long have you had this cough?
- Since before Christmas, madam.
- Before Christmas? Why have you left it so long?
- I thought it would go away. And when it didn't, it was hard to see you.
- I know. I am sorry. We need more than one doctor at this clinic. But there is not enough money. Take a deep breath.
- Is there something wrong with me, madam?
- I would like to do a blood test.
- A blood test? I need to draw some blood... and send it for testing. I don't understand. Just to check that everything is fine.
- But first, you have to sign your consent.
- I need your consent. Just read it through and sign it.
- I cannot read or write, madam.
- It doesn't matter. Do you want the test? Will it hurt? Don't worry. Just a tiny little prick and it'll be all over.
- Just relax. Look the other way.
- - How are you, my child? - I'm fine. Does Teacher know where you are? She was busy with lots of papers. You must go and tell her I am here. Hurry.
- - What are you doing? - Nothing, my child. Here, go and throw this away for me. Did you hurt yourself?
- - What's this for? - The taxi. Don't be silly. It was my pleasure. But you don't have to pay for me.
- I told you, it's my pleasure.
- I'll make it up to you. You already have. - I have? - By being my friend. - It is not easy to make friends in this village. - That is true. When I married my husband...
- it took at least a year before they accepted me.
- For some reason they are very suspicious of outsiders in this village.
- - Where is your husband? - He works in Johannesburg.
- Sometimes once a month. Sometimes not for many months.
- - It is hard. - Yes. It is hard.
- She took my blood. - She? It was a woman doctor? - Yes. A white woman doctor. She speaks like a proper Zulu, too.
- - A proper Zulu? - Like you and me.
- What did she take blood for? I do not know. I have to go back next Tuesday. Tell me when, and I shall look after Beauty again. - Thank you. - Not at all. She is a bright child, that one. She s
- Do you use a condom? - What? - Condoms, do you use them? What for? I am a married woman. Why would I want to use those? So, you only have sex with your husband? Yes. And does he have other wiv
- I am his only wife. And where is he, your husband?
- He works in Johannesburg. Under the ground. - Under the ground? - In the mines. When last did you see him?
- On New Year's Day. Then he had to go back. I see. And do you enjoy... a normal, healthy sex life?
- Do you have sex? Yes. You know what men are like after they have been away for a long time. I know.
- It is important that I test him as soon as possible.
- Test him? But he's in Johannesburg. - Which mine? - I don't know. - Can you find out? - I will try. It is important.
- Hello. Hello, can you hear me?
- What a surprise! I hope you don't mind me coming here. Of course not! I was just about to leave. I need to ask you something. Come. You walk me home. Can I help you with that?
- But I need to ask another favor. You only have to ask. I need to go away for a few days. Go away? - To Johannesburg. - What for? I cannot say. I need someone to look after Beauty while I am awa
- Like I said, I think your daughter is a wonderful child. It will be my pleasure. Thank you very much. Thank you.
- Be good, my child. - When are you coming back? - I'll only be gone a day or two. - You promise? - I promise.
- Your mommy will be back before you know it. Come, let us go and bake some bread.
- I'm looking for my husband, John Khumalo. - He works here? - Yes. Which section? Section?
- On top or under the ground? Underneath. I need to see him. What's it about? I cannot say. I need to see him urgently.
- - John Khumalo, you say? - Yes.
- - And you are? - His wife, Yesterday.
- Wait here and I shall find out for you. Thank you.
- - Has something happened to Beauty? - No, she is fine.
- - If it's money... - It's not money. It's you I've come to see.
- Go back to sleep. I don't want to. It's okay, your father will be here, when you wake up. Really?
- This is the best gift you've ever given me.
- - It's hard to turn. - Let me try.
- You don't look well. I'm fine. Just a little tired. Are you still getting your medicine from the clinic? Yes. Well, it doesn't seem to be working. Perhaps, you should go back to the sangoma ins
- I'm just tired. That's all. If you say so. Thank you.
- I used to run to the toilet all the time.
- Not where I work... blasting the rock...
- I messed in my pants, over and over...
- until they were wet and sticking to my legs.
- I did not want to believe what you told me.
- it kept playing over and over in my mind. Over and over, driving me crazy.
- And the shitting would not stop.
- Until my shift boss had had enough and made me go to the doctor.
- And he said just like you said.
- I hear he is sick. What's the matter with him? Tell me, when is he going back to work?
- Why doesn't he come out of the house? No one has seen him for days. I hear things are not so good.
- I must say, Yesterday, you're doing very well. Very well? Your body is strong. It is keeping the disease in check.
- I have made up my mind. How so?
- Until my child goes to school...
- Yes. My daughter, Beauty... starts school next year.
- Only then can this "thing" take me away. No. I will not die till that day.
- But my husband... he is in great pain. Is there nothing you can do for him? Is there no medicine that you can give him? I'll see what I've got.
- Forget all of that. That is all in the past. You need to rest.
- - May I come in? - Of course, come in.
- - I am not disturbing you? - I am making dinner. Who is it?
- There is an urgent matter I need to discuss. What is it?
- - May we speak outside? - Yes.
- I wish the summer would hurry up.
- I thought you should know that everyone in the village is talking.
- - Talking? About what? - About your husband. What are they saying about him? They say... he has the virus. H.I.V.
- But why did you not say anything? You heard what happened to that woman in Bergville?
- There was this young woman. Very clever. So much so that her whole village helped save money... to send her to university in Johannesburg. She went there. She was going to be a somebody.
- And when she came home to tell her mother and father... everyone found out.
- Killed her? They threw stones at her until she was dead. Oh, my God. - Is this true? - It is true.
- Since the summer. Since the summer?
- He should not be able to stay here! He will make us all sick. No, no. He cannot make you sick. That is not how it works. - How, then? - It is transmitted through blood. Blood? What do you mean b
- Sex! Which is why he must go. What if he bleeds all over us? Hey, come on now! Be reasonable. How is that going to happen? Be reasonable? Hey, listen here! My daughter was playing there the oth
- What is so funny? There is nothing to laugh about. I will not let my daughter play there again. Me, neither. He must go.
- Your husbands are bringing it to you. Yes, we get it from them. You must see how she coughs. There she is.
- As you can see, we are already overcrowded. There is no place for your husband. He will have to go on the waiting list. I'd like to help you, but it's out of my hands.
- What about the one over there? That bed is empty now. That bed will be filled by tonight. There is a waiting list... as long as my arm. Both arms. You do not understand. My husband is very sick.
- What's going on? Just leave us alone!
- Tell me, is this what causes your anger?
- Hello. - What are you doing? - I am trying to get this bonnet off. - What for? - I need it. - Would you like us to help you? - That would make me very happy!
- - They say you are building a hut? - That's right, I am. - What are you building it for? - My husband.
- Your husband? The hospital is full, so I have to build my own hospital.
- - Your own hospital? - It's what they want, isn't it? I shall move him and look after him there. - But... - But what? They don't want him in the village. No matter how long it takes, I shall do
- You are very brave! I am not brave. It is just the way things are.
- I need to rest. Rest. - How can this be? - What?
- used to play in this field when he was your age.
- But now, I can't even walk... half a kilometer. It is not far to go now.
- I have seen you come here every day, since the winter.
- He was a very good man. He did his best for us. I could ask for no more, really.
- School starts next week. I know. Is Beauty excited? Yes. Me, too. You are? I never went to school.
- I just want you to know... when the end comes... I shall love your daughter as if she were my own. Thank you.
- Come and see what I brought you. Yes, Mamma.
- Come, sit next to me. Open it and see.
- Mamma, it's beautiful! - Do you like it? - Yes! Do you like it a lot?
- It's going to look nice on me. Yes, it's going to look lovely.
Jack Malik - Himesh Patel
Ellie Appleton - Lily James
Carol - Sophia Di Martino
Lucy - Ellise Chappell
Sheila Malik - Meera Syal
Nick - Harry Michell
Brian - Vincent Franklin
Rocky - Joel Fry
Michael Kiwanuka - Michael Kiwanuka
Young Jack - Karma Sood
Marcus The Dentist - Gus Brown
Jed Malik - Sanjeev Bhaskar
Terry - Karl Theobald
Gavin - Alexander Arnold
Ipswich TV Host - Dominic Coleman
Ed Sheeran - Ed Sheeran
Air Hostess - Jane Seaborn
Videographer - Nic Minns
Alexa (Russian Stage Manager) - Maryana Spivak
Leo (Russian Stranger) - Justin Edwards
Debra Hammer - Kate McKinnon
Hans (Music Producer) - Javon Prince
Hilary - Camilla Rutherford
Liz (Liverpool Stranger) - Sarah Lancashire
Hotel Waitress - Rachael Elizabeth
Hotel Waiter - Jimmy Gallagher
Young Ellie - Jaimie Kollmer
Hotel Front Desk - Sophie Mensah
Commuter (Lime Street) - Helena Devereux
Commuter (Lime Street) - Julian Feria
Head of Marketing - Lamorne Morris
Marketing Executive - Craig Rowin
James Corden - James Corden
Local Newscaster - Cristina Dohmen
Hazel - Elizabeth Berrington
Interviewer - Clementine Webb
Interviewer - Diana Pauline
Interviewer - William McGeough
Interviewer - Díana Bermudez
Interviewer - Sunny Yeo
Security Guard - Nad Abdoolakhan
Family at Concert - Manoj Anand
Trevor - Tom Andrews
Investigative Journalist - Jennifer Armour
Barrier Staff - David Aspinall
German Fan - Rosie Aspinall
Family at Concert - Kay Aujla
Beach Concert Spectator - Mark Ivan Benfield
Family at Concert - Lalit Bhusal
Concert Spectator - Christopher David Burton
Filipino Fan - Siegfrid Calizo
John Lennon - Robert Carlyle
Wendy - Camille Chen
Roadie - Oliver Coles
Record Executive in crowd - Neil Sid Copp
Concert Spectator - David Thomas Coulter
Roxanne - Ana de Armas
Concert spectator - Louise Dickinson
Beach Concert Spectator - Simon Edwards
Journalist - Rosa Evans
Beach Concert Spectator - Adam Gammage
Bride's Father - John Hales
Train Commuter - Jane Hamer
The Cowboy - Josh Harp
Front of Desk - Greg Hess
Concert Spectator - Sam Hoggarth
YouTube Presenter - Aaron Hotfelder
Ed Sheeran's Roadie - Mark Hugh-Williams
Music Reporter - Kyle Hughes
Studio Executive - Kyle James
Cashier - Robert Jarvis
Family at Concert - Amrita Jazzmyn
Family at Concert - Arun Kapur
Ringo Starr - David Lautman
Journalist - Ibrahim Majid
Camera Operator - Lee Marriott
Stadium Security - Obie Matthew
Family at Concert - Bharat Mistri
English Journalist - Conor Neaves
Beach Concert Spectator - Vincent J. Newman
Concert Spectator - Tam O'Malley
Train Station Commuter - Tina Louise Owens
Family at Concert - Shaid Parvaz
Security Guard - Hiten Patel
Concert Spectator - John Reynolds
Train Station Commuter - John Alan Roberts
VIP Musician - Paul J. Rothery
Concert Attendee - William Roxby
Family at Concert - Atul Sharma
Family at Concert - Vinita Sharma
Reporter LSM - Derek Siow
Journalist - Scott Smith
Homeless Man - Andrew Somers
Concert Attendee - David J. Stebbeds
Concert Goer - Sarah Thompson
Journalist - Josh Trett
VIP Fan - Jack Tyson
Record Executive - Andrew Watson
Beach Concert Spectator - John West
Family at Concert - Anna Weston
Gallery PA - Katy Wolfe
Youtube Presenter - Shun Yin