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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rod Culbertson ...
Ray Ashcroft ...
Michael Ryan ...
Pete Best (as Ryan Michael)
Brian Jameson ...
Wendy Morgan ...
Gary Olsen ...
Linal Haft ...
Eileen Kennally ...
Club Boss
Alyson Spiro ...
Jackie Fishel ...
Street Girl


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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John, Paul, George and Ringo! The first movie to show the way they really were. The fun. The music. The story of the band that changed the world. Re-live it all tonight. Featuring 15 of the songs that made them a legend. See more »


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23 November 1979 (USA)  »

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A Beatles születése  »

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Did You Know?


The Rickenbacker 330 guitars played by Stephen MacKenna as John Lennon are actually Japanese-made copies. The headstocks are longer than a real Rickenbacker and the pickups and tailpieces differ. See more »


At the beginning of the movie when the Beatles audition for a club, John Lennon says they'll be playing Dizzy Miss Lizzy in the key of E, but when they play, its in the key of B flat. See more »


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


She Loves You
Written by John Lennon & 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 (United Kingdom) – 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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