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U2: Rattle and Hum (1988)

A documentary of the Irish rock group U2 on their Fall 1987 tour of North America.

Director:

Phil Joanou
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Cast

Credited cast:
Bono ... Himself
The Edge ... Himself
Adam Clayton ... Himself
Larry Mullen Jr. ... Himself
B.B. King ... Himself
Phil Joanou ... Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dennis Bell Dennis Bell ... Himself
Adam Gussow ... Himself
Jack Hale Jack Hale ... Himself
Jim Horn Jim Horn ... Himself
Wayne Jackson Wayne Jackson ... Himself (as The Memphis Horns)
Andrew Love Andrew Love ... Himself (as The Memphis Horns)
Sterling Magee ... Himself
Joey Miskulin Joey Miskulin ... Himself (as Joseph M. Miskulin)
Gayl Murphy Gayl Murphy ... Herself (as Press Conference Interviewer)
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Storyline

This film documents the 1987 North American tour of the great rock band U2. Fresh with their success of their best selling album "The Joshua Tree", the band plays monster gigs. Along the way, the band takes the opportunity to indulge in some special musical activities like playing with B.B. King and performing "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking" with a famous church choir. All the while, concert footage of the band's biggest hits on tour are featured while Bono speaks his mind on the problems of his homeland. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Documentary | Music

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 November 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rattle and Hum See more »

Filming Locations:

Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,821,351, 6 November 1988

Gross USA:

$8,600,823

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,600,823
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Many of the songs performed in Rattle and Hum are altered from their original release, most notably: "With or Without You", which contains a whole new verse to end the song; "Exit", which includes the chorus from "Gloria" (interestingly, the Van Morrison song, although U2 also had an early hit titled "Gloria"); and "Bad", which adds verses from the Rolling Stones' "Ruby Tuesday" and "Sympathy for the Devil". See more »

Quotes

Bono: Rock 'n' roll stops the traffic!
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Connections

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Soundtracks

Silver and Gold
Words Bono
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Recorded live at McNichols Arena in Denver, Colorado
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A capture of the band at the pinnacle of success and their discovery of America
3 November 2000 | by JawsOfJoshSee all my reviews

"U2 Rattle & Hum" is one of the best rock documentaries ever produced because it not only showcases a band at work on stage and in the studio at the peak of their success, but also because it shares with us a rock group in the middle of a discovery. That discovery is U2's first wide-scale American tour, in which they start to explore American "roots" music, namely Elvis Presley and B.B. King, among unmentioned others. Aside from the blistering live performances in Denver, San Francisco and Phoenix, the band makes 'holy pilgrimages' to Graceland, Sun Studios and a Harlem church.

U2 were criticized for supposedly saddling themselves up against American musical icons (B.B. King collaborates with them on a tune, they record 5 tracks at Sun Studios, and haggle a Graceland tour guide into letting them photograph one of Elvis' motorcycles), but once the mechanics of the band's relationship are understood, it's obviously clear they are only peeking into this world in an introverted manner instead of trying to include themselves in it. U2 have always been a band with sharp detractors because they place an importance upon music to suggest that it can BE more than just music. This attitude has enabled them to arguably remain the most consistent and important band of the last 20 years.

The live performances are just amazing. "Exit," Bad," "Pride," "Bullet The Blue Sky," and "Sunday Bloody Sunday" are delivered with ferocious energy. The film is mostly in black-and-white, which lends itself that needed 'documentary' feel, except for 5 songs performed in color. The energy of the band onstage guarantees this to be a film that will sustain its liveliness no matter how many times you see it.


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