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Birth of the Beatles (1979)

An account of The Beatles during the Hamburg years, their signing with Brian Epstein and their inevitable rise during the early sixties.

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An account of The Beatles during the Hamburg years, their signing with Brian Epstein and their inevitable rise during the early sixties.

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The excitement of being there when it first happened! See more »

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A Beatles születése  »

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While released to theaters worldwide, it was seen primarily in the US as a TV movie. See more »

Goofs

The guitars played by John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and George Harrison in the early scenes are incorrect. Respectively, they are seen holding a Harmony Stratotone Jupiter, a Fender Stratocaster copy, and an '60's Ibanez respectively. In reality, Lennon played a Rickenbacker 325, McCartney an Italian-made Rosati, and Harrison a Czech-made Futurama. See more »

Quotes

John Lennon: Where are we going, fellas?
Paul McCartneyGeorge HarrisonStu Sutcliffe: To the top!
John Lennon: What top?
John LennonPaul McCartneyGeorge HarrisonStu Sutcliffe: To the Very Top!
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Connections

Version of Stuart Sutcliffe: The Lost Beatle (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

I Saw Her Standing There
Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney
Performed by Rain (Eddie Lineberry, Chuck Coffey, Bill Connearney, and Steve Wight)
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One of the better films about the Beatles
16 September 2016 | by See all my reviews

In my Opinion this is one of the better films about the Beatles. I know some arty types prefer Backbeat but I feel that this movie captures the Beatles more accurately. I don't mean everything about the film is accurate but they capture the personality, talent and spirit of four young Liverpool lads who became the Beatles.

Stephen MacKenna is outstanding as John and the other actors do passable impersonations of the others. Brian Jameson is good as Brian Epstein and Nigel Havers is brilliant as George Martin.

On stage they look and act like the Beatles and there is enough music to keep fans happy, remembering that this is the early days before they hit it really big.

So for genuine Beatles fans this is a movie well worth seeing.


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