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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.

Director:

Richard Marquand

Writers:

John Kurland (screenplay), Jacob Eskendar (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Stephen MacKenna ... John Lennon
Rod Culbertson Rod Culbertson ... Paul McCartney
John Altman ... George Harrison
Ray Ashcroft Ray Ashcroft ... Ringo Starr
Michael Ryan Michael Ryan ... Pete Best (as Ryan Michael)
David Wilkinson ... Stu Sutcliffe
Brian Jameson Brian Jameson ... Brian Epstein
Wendy Morgan ... Cynthia
Gary Olsen Gary Olsen ... Rory Storm
Linal Haft Linal Haft ... Agent
Eileen Kennally Eileen Kennally ... Aunt Mimi
Richard Marner ... Club Boss
Alyson Spiro ... Astrid
Nigel Havers ... George Martin
Jackie Fishel 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.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 November 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Beatles születése See more »

Filming Locations:

Chelsea, London, England, UK See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Dick Clark Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Only Beatles biopic produced and released prior to the death of John Lennon. See more »

Goofs

During a scene at the NEMS record shop in 1961, the British album cover for Gordon Lightfoot's The Way I Feel, released in 1967, can be spotted on a shelf. See more »

Quotes

Brian Epstein: Boys, George Martin, producer.
George Martin: Afternoon. Now, if there's anything you don't like, just let me know.
George Harrison: Well, for a start, I don't like your tie.
George Martin: Pity. I just bought it yesterday. Well, we'll do two singles; to start with, "Love Me Do", and for the follow-up, you can try "How Do You Do It?".
John Lennon: Sorry Sir, from now on we only do our own material.
George Martin: Which one are you?
John Lennon: Private John Lennon, Sir.
George Martin: Well Lennon, are you trying to teach me my business?
John Lennon: No sir, I'm trying to teach you our business.
Brian Epstein: John, this ...
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Connections

References A Hard Day's Night (1964) See more »

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Looks kinda cheap...
20 February 2012 | by BartSamsonSee all my reviews

70's cars everywhere and inaccuracies! That's what comes to my mind when I think about this movie. Everything feels rushed, like they didn't have the time to find the correct guitars, the correct sets, the correct backgrounds. And they didn't have the time to tell the story correctly either. Scenes jump from one to another without any sense of segue. For any knowledgeable fan of the Beatles, it feels simplified to the extreme.

But on the other hand, the actors playing John, Paul, George and Ringo are good (Paul is often on the verge of overacting though) and they got the voices down! You could listen to the movie without watching it and you would be able to tell who is speaking! It's still a fun movie to watch, even if it's only to pick up flaws and inaccuracies!


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