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(1994)

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When Klaus Voormann introduces himself to the Beatles, he mentions that he's an artist and lays a stack of album covers on the bar. Voorman would later go on to create the covers for The Beatles albums "Revolver" and "The Beatles Anthology" (One large painting cut into thirds for the three volumes).
"My Bonnie" as heard performed in studio is the original Tony Sheridan version with The Beatles backing him.
In the film, Stephen Dorff as Sutcliffe played a Hofner President Bass with chrome humbucker pick-ups. In real life, Stuart Sutcliffe played one with wood single coil pick-ups.
Frieda Kelly, who plays George's mother, was a secretary of the Beatles' Fan Club in its earliest days. She even gets a mention on the Beatles' 1963 Christmas message...from George.
Some of the paintings Stu makes in the film are reproductions of actual paintings by Stuart Sutcliffe.
The soundtrack does not feature any Lennon-McCartney compositions, presumably for budgetary reasons. However, the film does include many songs covered by the Beatles as part of their well-known Hamburg/Cavern Club repertoire. Among these are "Twist and Shout" (later to appear on their debut album "Please Please Me") and "Long Tall Sally" (later released on an EP of the same name).
The shooting lasted 6 weeks. It took place in Liverpool in March 1993 and in Hamburg and London in Spring 1993.
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.
1990s punk-rock musicians and techniques were used to create the film's soundtrack, instead of the precise styles of the period, to better convey the way the music felt to the early Beatles audiences; "it was the punk of its day".
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Ian Hart was cast a full year before production started. This was because director Iain Softley had seen his performance as John Lennon in "The Hours and the Times".
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Stephen Dorff was the only actor of the group who could actually play his instrument (he's a professional musician in real life). Ironically, his character, Stuart Sutcliffe, could not play his instrument, which is one of the chief reasons the real Paul McCartney later cited as to why he wanted Stuart out of the band.
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