8.2/10
643
8 user 2 critic

The Beatles: The First U.S. Visit (1991)

Maysles brothers documentary covering the first arrival of "Beatlemania" in the U.S., as well at the band's historical appearances on "The Ed Sullivan Show."
Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

1 nomination. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Beatles Anthology (TV Mini-Series 1995)
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.4/10 X  

An autobiographical documentary of the greatest of the rock bands.

Stars: Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr
Let It Be (1970)
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

The filmed account of the Beatles's attempt to recapture their old group spirit by making a back to basics album, which instead drove them further apart.

Director: Michael Lindsay-Hogg
Stars: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison
Magical Mystery Tour (TV Movie 1967)
Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

The Beatles charter a special bus for a surreal mystery tour.

Directors: George Harrison, John Lennon, and 3 more credits »
Stars: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison
Documentary | Biography | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A biography of the rock music star.

Director: Andrew Solt
Stars: John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Paul McCartney
The Compleat Beatles (Video 1982)
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

The history of the great British rock band.

Director: Patrick Montgomery
Stars: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison
Imagine (TV Movie 1972)
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A surreal, half-fiction, half real life footage of a day in the life of John lennon and Yoko Ono, composed to music from John's historic 'Imagine' album and Yoko's 'Fly'.

Directors: Steve Gebhardt, John Lennon, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Fred Astaire, John Lennon, Yoko Ono
Help! (1965)
Adventure | Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Ringo finds himself the human sacrifice target of a cult and the band must try to protect him from it.

Director: Richard Lester
Stars: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison
Concert for George (Video 2003)
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  

George Harrison's friends, family, and bandmates unite for a tribute concert on the one-year anniversary of his death.

Director: David Leland
Stars: Joe Brown, Eric Clapton, Jools Holland
Comedy | Music | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A "typical" day in the life of The Beatles, including many of their famous songs.

Director: Richard Lester
Stars: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A compilation of found footage featuring music, interviews, and stories of The Beatles' 250 concerts from 1963 to 1966.

Director: Ron Howard
Stars: Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, John Lennon
Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

Paul McCartney's recording of his new album is complicated by the fact that the master tapes of his recordings are missing.

Director: Peter Webb
Stars: Paul McCartney, Bryan Brown, Ringo Starr
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

The first benefit rock concert when major musicians performed to raise humanitarian relief funds for the refugees of Bangladesh of 1971 war.

Director: Saul Swimmer
Stars: George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Ravi Shankar
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
...
Himself (archive footage)
...
Himself
...
Himself
...
Himself
Cynthia Lennon ...
Herself
Mal Evans ...
Himself (archive footage)
Brian Epstein ...
Himself (archive footage)
...
Himself (archive footage)
Ralph Rennick ...
Announcer (The Ed Sullivan Show) (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Murray the 'K' ...
Himself - DJ, New York
Geri Miller ...
Herself
Edit

Storyline

Maysles brothers documentary covering the first arrival of "Beatlemania" in the U.S., as well at the band's historical appearances on "The Ed Sullivan Show."

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Documentary | Music

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

1991 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

John Lennon can be heard playing the opening notes to "Strawberry Fields Forever" during one scene in a hotel room. The song would not be released until years later, but this is an indication that Lennon had the melody in his head for quite some time. See more »

Goofs

The end credits on the original video release of THE BEATLES: THE FIRST U.S. VISIT erroneously gave the composer credit for "Till There Was You" to Richard Rodgers. Subsequent releases corrected this credit and accurately gave Meredith Willson credit for composing the song. See more »

Quotes

[At a press conference at Kennedy Airport.]
Girl: Can you please sing something for us?
The Beatles: No!
Reporter: Is it because you can't sing?
John Lennon: No, we need money first.
See more »

Connections

Edited from What's Happening! The Beatles in the U.S.A. (1964) See more »

Soundtracks

I Saw Her Standing There
Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney
Courtesy of Gil Music Corp. and EMI Records Ltd.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Must See For Even Casual Beatles Fan
9 September 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Beatles' First U.S. Visit is, behind "The Compleat Beatles" and their self-produced "Anthology", the most entertaining and revealing about this musical group of four doing what they were born to do, on the way to the crest of their musical creativity. The performances on the American "Ed Sullivan Show" are entertaining for fans and interesting as historical documents, but the true gems are the sequences of non-performance documentary footage of all four members of the group, Brian Epstein, and (briefly, hush-hush ;)) Cynthia Lennon. This footage provides a window into The Beatles' emotional state during this life-altering point in their career. They balance organized professionalism (largely achieved by Brian Epstein, often under-appreciated in that he was managing a musical act achieving unprecedented popularity with no precedented business or professional model) with their excitement of their success in America. Then and now, largely the Holy Grail of success in entertainment. It is interesting to compare their reaction to fame with, on one hand, more impressionable, and on the other hand, more stoic celebrities. Paul, as would seem to be his role in their entire career together, acts as a conduit between George, John, Ringo and their handlers, like gently encouraging Ringo to pack his suitcase thoroughly in a "mother hen" voice. Funny. Watching them listen to themselves on the radio in America, seeing footage of car-mobbing people from the INSIDE of their car, seeing John tease instrumental DJ Murray The K (none the wiser) with pervy English slang, and The "Ed Sullivan" performances themselves are priceless. Though by February 1964 they were well versed in Hotel Room culture, their upbeat moods reveal their happiness (and reported surprise) at their reception from the moment they stepped off the trans-Atlantic airplane. Seeing this week of pivotal events in rock n' roll history from is a wonderful peek behind the Beatles' curtain on par with their "Anthology" and not to be missed by any casual or greater fan. Probably, if purchased, one of the Beatles-related home media films you will find yourself repeat watching more than others. Well shot by the Maysles brothers, directed and edited. Highly recommended.


2 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?