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

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Gary Bakewell ...
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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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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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15 April 1994 (USA)  »

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Box Office

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$2,392,599 (USA)
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Did You Know?

Trivia

According to director Iain Softley, he knew that Stephen Dorff and Sheryl Lee would be perfect for their roles as soon as he met them. 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

John Lennon: We're gonna be big Stu, we're gonna be too big for Liverpool, we're gonna be too big for Hamburg, we're gonna be too big for our own bloody good.
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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

Good Golly Miss Molly
Written & Composed by Robert 'Bumps' Blackwell & John Marascalco
By kind permission of Prestige Music Ltd
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My favorite movie !
15 February 2001 | by See all my reviews

Softley's 'Backbeat' is my favorite movie I've ever seen. I'm a huge Beatles fan and I've watched many biographical films about The Fab Four like 'Birth of Beatles' for example, and I must admit that this production from 1993 is the best of them all. This picture shows us the Hamburg's episode (early 60s) of Beatles career and it concentrates on relationship between John Lennon (fantastic play by Ian Hart) and Stuart Sutcliffe (aka The Lost Beatle). Lots of laughs, lots of tears and above all - great music ! A must seen for Beatles fans.


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