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1991 (USA) See more »
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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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Cast

  (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
 
Thanks
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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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:
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 »
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.
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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Good, 6 March 2008
Author: Michael_Elliott from Louisville, KY

Beatles: First U.S. Visit (1994)

*** (out of 4)

Very entertaining documentary taking a look at The Beatles as they head to the U.S. for the first time to do three Ed Sullivan shows as well as a concert in Washington, D.C.. I had seen all of the concert/Sullivan stuff in other forms but the documentary still kept me entertained with everything that was happening behind the scenes. It was fun seeing the four men off the stage, although I'm not quite sure what they were going for with all their cigarette humor. It seemed like the boys liked playing with their cigarettes with the scene where Ringo is blowing the smoke into Paul's face. The Washington, D.C. show is one I've seen and listened to before via a bootleg tape i had back in the day. I never really liked this show because it was hard understanding the band due to all the screaming girls but the audio here was a lot better. Even with that said, I can't blame the band for quitting the tours due to this type of stuff. Of the four Sullivan shows I'd say I enjoyed the last one the best as I think their version of Twist and Shout was the best performance from anything here. This documentary certainly can't be compared to The Beatles Anthology but it's still fun.

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