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Backbeat (1994)

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

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Cynthia Powell
Marcelle Duprey ...
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John White ...
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Finola Geraghty ...
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Arthur Ballard
Charlie Caine ...
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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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15 April 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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$2,392,599
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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

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

Paul McCartney: C'mon, George! We're starvin'! Where are those lovely scones your mother makes?
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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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References Look Back in Anger (1959) See more »

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Chocolate Drop
Written by Howlin' Wolf
Performed by Howlin' Wolf (as Howling Wolf)
Published by Powerforce Music
Recording courtesy of Flare/??? Music
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Good but bad
12 December 2007 | by See all my reviews

What a good movie this could have been. The only reason it is interesting at at all is that there are no other movies covering this period in the Beatles history, but please. The historical inaccuracies alone just kill it. But worst of all they just don't sound anything like the Beatles. Just listen to the Cavern Club stuff on the Anthology DVD's and you will see what they sounded like just a year later. OK I know the Beatles had a ball in Hamburg, drugs, girls, etc but this is so far off the mark it's just silly. Lennon comes off as a complete dick head with no artistic qualities and Stu as some sort of genius while he could hardly play bass. Stu was about 5ft4in tall in real life but here he's as tall as Paul. This is one of those movies you can watch over and over because it plays like a TV movie of the week, but I always feel a little used afterward, this was really just a rip off and a money maker on the Beatles name. Oh and Stu was already out of the band when they recorded "My Bonnie".


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