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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 guitar used by Stephen MacKenna (John) is not a real Rickenbacker. It's a Shaftesbury 3261. 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

Stu Sutcliffe: I've made up me mind. Tonight, I'm leaving.
John Lennon: But you're a Beatle! We're nothing without you.
Stu Sutcliffe: You need someone who can give you the pulse you need... who can crow with you... and that's not me. Besides, I've decided to stay here. Astrid and I are getting married. I'm going back to art school.
John Lennon: When are you going to see a doctor?
Stu Sutcliffe: I don't need a doctor! I'm in love.
John Lennon: Look, don't mention it to the others about leaving till after the record date this week, then that'll give you time to think it over.
Stu Sutcliffe: ...
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Connections

Version of Backbeat (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

I Want To Hold Your Hand
Written by John Lennon & Paul McCartney
Performed by Rain (Eddie Lineberry, Chuck Coffey, Bill Connearney, and Steve Wight)
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Wildly inaccurate
30 December 2007 | by See all my reviews

For the knowledgeable Beatles fan, the main value in this movie is to just sit back and pick out the flaws, inaccuracies, combined events, omitted events, wildly exaggerated events, omitted people, timeline errors, mis-attribute quotes, incorrect clothing, out of place songs, and (shame shame) incorrect instruments and other boners I just cant think of right now. The flaws come fast and furious so you'll have to be on your toes.

I didn't give this a "1" primarily due the fact that it is filmed in Liverpool and the actors (the band Rain) give it their all (the Lennon character is credible and does a good job). Also, the song "Cry for a Shadow" is heard at one point and THAT counts for SOMETHING.

So,,, watch it for fun, but please don't take it as historically accurate.


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