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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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Biography | Drama | Music

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A Beatles születése  »

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Trivia

Only Beatles biopic produced and released prior to the death of John Lennon. See more »

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When the Beatles are in Hamburg in 1961, George Harrison sings "Don't Bother Me" on stage, the first song he wrote for the group but in actuality Harrison didn't write the song until 1963, and it was included on the Beatles' second album. See more »

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Brian Epstein: Boys, George Martin, producer.
George Martin: Afternoon. Now, if there's anything you don't like, just let me know.
George Harrison: Well, for a start, I don't like your tie.
George Martin: Pity. I just bought it yesterday. Well, we'll do two singles; to start with, "Love Me Do", and for the follow-up, you can try "How Do You Do It?".
John Lennon: Sorry Sir, from now on we only do our own material.
George Martin: Which one are you?
John Lennon: Private John Lennon, Sir.
George Martin: Well Lennon, are you trying to teach me my business?
John Lennon: No sir, I'm trying to teach you our business.
Brian Epstein: John, this ...
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Version of Backbeat (1994) See more »

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Love Me Do
Written by John Lennon & Paul McCartney
Performed by Rain (Eddie Lineberry, Chuck Coffey, Bill Connearney, and Steve Wight)
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Well done, accurate.
15 May 2001 | by (Houston, Tx) – See all my reviews

As a knowledgeable fan I recommend this film as faithful to the facts and well acted. As an 11 year old living in Istanbul I heard some friends talking about a new music sensation that caused girls to scream. I thought hmmmm, if girls like them, they must be crap. My only records until then were Haley Mills, The Everly Brothers & Ricky Nelson. Soon after while on vacation with the family at a military cafeteria in Ismir I heard a song (which I later learned was 'Love Me Do') and was floored by the difference between it and every song I had ever heard until then. When I heard the 'Meet The Beatles' album of my older brother I was hooked for life. Having read the definitive book of their beginnings (by Davis) I was surprised that this movie followed the facts very well with the exception of leaving out most of the sex and some of the drug use (it did touch on the use of methadrine/dexadrine). >


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