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Backbeat (1994)

R  |   |  Biography, Drama, Music  |  15 April 1994 (USA)
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A dramatization of the Hamburg, Germany phase of the Beatles' early history.

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Marcelle Duprey ...
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John White ...
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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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He Had To Choose Between His Best Friend... The Woman He Loved... And The Greatest Rock 'n' Roll Band In the World. 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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Box Office

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£1,133,831 (UK) (15 April 1994)
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

In the opening credits montage, the policeman directing traffic has long hair covering his ears, far too long for 1960. See more »

Quotes

[Stu has just been badly beaten]
John Lennon: You alright, Stu?
Stuart Sutcliffe: How do I look?
John Lennon: Put it this way - you'll get better. I'll always be ugly.
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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 »


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Pure garage raunch

The film is a marvel. The only evidence of post-fame Beatles nostalgia that doesn't seek to cash-out. It is no less than a kick-ass rock n' roll film, with deft photography, powerful direction and an incredibly hard garage soundtrack. Recommended for fans of garage raunch and pre-invasion british blues.


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