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Birth of the Beatles (1979)

An account of The Beatles during the Hamburg years, their signing with Brian Epstein and their inevitable rise during the early sixties.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... John Lennon
Rod Culbertson ... Paul McCartney
... George Harrison
Ray Ashcroft ... Ringo Starr
Michael Ryan ... Pete Best (as Ryan Michael)
... Stu Sutcliffe
Brian Jameson ... Brian Epstein
... Cynthia Lennon
Gary Olsen ... Rory Storm
Linal Haft ... Agent
Eileen Kennally ... Aunt Mimi
... Club Boss
Alyson Spiro ... Astrid
... George Martin
Jackie Fishel ... Street Girl
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An account of The Beatles during the Hamburg years, their signing with Brian Epstein and their inevitable rise during the early sixties.

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The excitement of being there when it first happened! See more »

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Biography | Drama | Music

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23 November 1979 (USA)  »

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A Beatles születése  »

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Trivia

The Rickenbacker 330 guitars played by Stephen MacKenna as John Lennon are actually Japanese-made copies. The headstocks are longer than a real Rickenbacker and the pickups and tailpieces differ. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the movie when the Beatles audition for a club, John Lennon says they'll be playing Dizzy Miss Lizzy in the key of E, but when they play, its in the key of B flat. See more »

Quotes

Brian Epstein: I thought you'd know what being on top would be like. What is it, John?
John Lennon: It doesn't seem like a game anymore, Eppie. It seems crazy.
Brian Epstein: What does?
John Lennon: All them people, screaming and running after us. I don't know what they want. I mean, does that seem normal to you? The way they're behaving? Half the world thinks we're a bloody joke and the rest of them think we're God! What do you think we are, Brian?
Brian Epstein: I think you're John Lennon... playing the Pied Piper of leading people into the Mersey River.
John Lennon: God, ...
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Connections

Version of Backbeat (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Love Me Do
Written by John Lennon & Paul McCartney
Performed by Rain (Eddie Lineberry, Chuck Coffey, Bill Connearney, and Steve Wight)
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One of the better films about the Beatles
16 September 2016 | by See all my reviews

In my Opinion this is one of the better films about the Beatles. I know some arty types prefer Backbeat but I feel that this movie captures the Beatles more accurately. I don't mean everything about the film is accurate but they capture the personality, talent and spirit of four young Liverpool lads who became the Beatles.

Stephen MacKenna is outstanding as John and the other actors do passable impersonations of the others. Brian Jameson is good as Brian Epstein and Nigel Havers is brilliant as George Martin.

On stage they look and act like the Beatles and there is enough music to keep fans happy, remembering that this is the early days before they hit it really big.

So for genuine Beatles fans this is a movie well worth seeing.


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