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A dramatization of the Hamburg, Germany phase of the Beatles' early history.

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Marcelle Duprey ...
Singer
John White ...
Sailor 1
Bernard Merrick ...
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Nicholas Tennant ...
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Finola Geraghty ...
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Rob Spendlove ...
Arthur Ballard
Charlie Caine ...
Lord Woodbine
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Storyline

A pre-fame Beatles head for the seedy clubs of Hamburg in search of success. The band meet up with a group of trendy German beatniks, one of whom (Astrid Kircherr) bass guitarist Stuart Sutcliffe falls in love with. Whilst best friend John Lennon can only watch, Sutcliffe has to choose between rock 'n roll and a new life in Germany... Written by Douglas Baptie

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5 guys, 4 legends, 3 lovers, 2 friends, 1 band. See more »


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Rated R for strong language, and for sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

15 April 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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$2,392,599 (USA)
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Trivia

During the montage of the Beatles performing at the club, there is inter-cutting of a stripper performing on the stage. The Beatles often alternated their performances with other bands and strippers. It has been stated in many accounts of the Beatles' days in Hamburg that not only were there female strippers, but there were transvestite strippers as well. See more »

Goofs

The train carriage at Hamburg station has a date of 22.2.90 stenciled at the bottom. This will be the date of the last full service, 3 years before filming but 30 years after the action. See more »

Quotes

Stuart Sutcliffe: Ahhh, Liverpool.
John Lennon: Home of...
Stuart Sutcliffe: ...Liverpudlians.
John Lennon: You know what it is I like about Liverpool, Mr. Sutcliffe?
Stuart Sutcliffe: No, what is it you like about Liverpool, Mr. Lennon?
John Lennon: I was hoping you'd tell me.
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Crazy Credits

At the very end of the end titles, long after all the other music credits have run, one last music credit appears on the otherwise blank screen: "TIME TO GO HOME, Written by Maria Bird, Published by Minder Music." See more »

Connections

References A Hard Day's Night (1964) See more »

Soundtracks

Please Mr Postman
Written & Composed by Brian Holland, Robert Bateman, Freddie Gorman, Georgia Dobbins & William Garrett © 1961
By kind permission of Jobete Music (UK) Ltd
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The Pre-Beatles Show
15 March 1999 | by (Ontario) – See all my reviews

Finally we see the side to the Beatles that no one really knew - what happened before and what they were before. Stephen Dorff gives off another simply brilliant performance as Stuart - the man who could have been but never cared enough he was "Just along for a few laughs". Being a Beatles fan I've always been interested in their personal lives and this movie gets more personal than any documentary or news reel could. As to how true the events are I'm not sure but it was a definitely enjoyable movie.


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