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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!

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

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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 »

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Rock and Roll Music
Written by Chuck Berry
Performed by Rain (Eddie Lineberry, Chuck Coffey, Bill Connearney, and Steve Wight)
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Good job, lads!
21 January 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I've been a Beatles fan for most of my life. Grew up 30 miles from Liverpool a few years later than the boys did. So I could be mean and point out some of the liberties the filmmakers took here. But all in all this isn't bad. The actors are easily recognisable as their characters and the accents aren't too far off. The major players in the Beatles story are all there, and the settings (Liverpool, Hamburg) evoke the era and are believable. The songs come over really well - sounds like Rain were a decent band in their own right. The larking about on stage is also captured perfectly. But Astrid looks a little too much like Anne Robinson (and not blonde enough) for my liking - she even winks at one point!

The early relationship between Brian Epstein and the Beatles seemed very real. Well, Pete Best was there at the time and, as an adviser, should have helped them to get it right. He obviously believes (to this day) that there was a long-running conspiracy to replace him with Ringo. And I think he's right.

I think my favourite cameo in the film is Nigel Havers as George Martin. The posh tall classically trained English gent, running a comedy label as part of EMI, was the only record executive to recognise the unique talent that changed popular music for ever.

Good job, lads.


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