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
5 guys, 4 legends, 3 lovers, 2 friends, 1 band.
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Did You Know?
In the film, it is portrayed that the Beatles were deported because George Harrison was caught working in nightclubs despite being underage, in violation of his work visa. In reality, while George was deported for that reason, Paul McCartney and Pete Best were deported for committing arson when they pinned a condom on the wall of the Kaiserkeller Club and set it on fire as a joke. John Lennon was the only one who was not deported (besides Stuart Sutcliffe who had already left the band and was living with Astrid). Technically, John could have stayed behind but according to him in various interviews, he accompanied the others back to England because, in his words: "They were my friends and my band mates. What the fuck else could I do?" See more
At the end of the film, text describing subsequent events is superimposed over shots of a beach. One paragraph notes that Klaus Voormann played bass on John Lennon's album "Imagine" and designed the Beatles' "Revolver" album cover, but although the former title is placed in quotation marks, the latter is not. See more
Did ya shag her?
She's a photographer.
You'll never shag her.
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
C'était un jour de fête
Music by Marguerite Monnot
Lyrics by Édith Piaf
Performed by Édith Piaf
By kind permission of Editions Micro
Recording courtesy of Phonogram SA (P) 1941 See more