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1991 (USA) See more »
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." | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

John Lennon ... Himself

Paul McCartney ... Himself

George Harrison ... Himself

Ringo Starr ... Himself
Cynthia Lennon ... Herself
Mal Evans ... Himself
Brian Epstein ... Himself

Ed Sullivan ... Himself
Ralph Rennick ... Announcer (The Ed Sullivan Show) (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Murray the 'K' ... Himself - DJ, New York
Geri Miller ... Herself

Walter Cronkite ... Himself - CBS News (archive footage) (uncredited)
Chet Huntley ... Himself - The Huntley-Brinkley Report (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
Kathy Dougherty 
Susan Froemke 
Albert Maysles 
David Maysles 
Produced by
Neil Aspinall .... executive producer
William Dever .... video producer
Susan Froemke .... producer
Ron Furmanek .... coordinating producer
Cinematography by
Albert Maysles 
David Maysles 
Film Editing by
Kathy Dougherty 
Sound Department
Ken Hahn .... sound re-recording mixer
Jay Keuper .... sound editor
Editorial Department
Kate Glidden .... contributing editor
Howard Milkin .... contributing editor
Music Department
Charles Strouse .... composer: song "We Love You, Beatles"
Other crew
David C. Crosthwait .... video restoration (as David Crosthwaite)
Stanley Hirson .... production associate
Paul Surratt .... video restoration
Nell Archer .... special thanks
Jerry Burling .... special thanks
Sakae Ishikawa .... special thanks (as Sakae Ishikawa-O'Cionna)
Melissa Niedich .... special thanks
Noëlle Penraat .... special thanks (as Noelle Penraat)
Bruce Sinofsky .... special thanks
Stephen Tenenbaum .... special thanks (as Steve Tenenbaum)

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83 min
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Did You Know?

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 »
Factual errors: 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 »
[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.
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Great Home Movie, 17 February 1999
Author: Miasmo from Clearwater, florida

It's as if you're along for the ride as a spectator in the Beatles' entourage. A revealing look at the hoopla from their prospective. The behind the scenes footage has an intimate feel as there is no narrative to distance you from what's happening. The continuity flows seamlessly, though one wonders if the Maysles may have fabricated some of the ambient dialogue in the editing.

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