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The Compleat Beatles (1982)

The history of the great British rock band.

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Patrick Montgomery

Writer:

David Silver
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Malcolm McDowell ... Narrator (voice)
Gerry Marsden Gerry Marsden ... Himself - Gerry and the Pacemakers
Allan Williams Allan Williams ... Himself - Beatles' First Manager
Bill Harry Bill Harry ... Himself - Editor: Mersey Beat
Tony Sheridan Tony Sheridan ... Himself
Horst Fascher Horst Fascher ... Himself - Manager: Star Club, Hamburg
Billy J. Kramer Billy J. Kramer ... Himself
Bob Wooler Bob Wooler ... Himself - DJ: Cavern Club
George Martin ... Himself - Record Producer
Nicholas Schaffner Nicholas Schaffner ... Himself - Author, The Beatles Forever
Milton Okun Milton Okun ... Himself - Record Producer-Arranger
Bruce Johnston ... Himself - The Beach Boys
Lenny Kaye Lenny Kaye ... Himself - Guitarist
Wilfred Mellers Wilfred Mellers ... Himself - Musicologist
Marianne Faithfull ... Herself
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A documented account of the life and career of the Fab Four, from their early years in Liverpool to their breakup, featuring rare interview and concert footage. Written by Hiphats

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

October 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Beatlesi See more »

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Delilah Films See more »
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Stereo

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Paul McCartney bought the rights to this film and removed it from circulation, presumably so that it wouldn't compete with the Beatles official Beatles Anthology documentary. See more »

Goofs

When they were told about the cartoon movie, Yellow Submarine, the narration states that the only thing the Beatles knew about the cartoon animation was that it was being done by the people that made "The Flintstones," a Hanna-Barbera Production.

Yellow Submarine was produced by Al Brodax and King Features Syndicate. See more »

Connections

References Oh Boy! (1958) See more »

Soundtracks

Twenty Flight Rock
Performed by Eddie Dixon
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Fantastic 2-hour documentary
26 July 2006 | by bstarr67See all my reviews

Terrific rare footage (film and sound recordings from The Cavern; studio recording sessions), lots of George Martin, all-remastered music that sounds better than you've ever heard the Beatles, and a big emphasis on the early pre-1964 years make this a must-have for any Beatles fan.

The 1982 release date is just distant enough from 1970 to give a smart perspective on the Beatles in history, and close enough so that the interviews with George Martin and many much earlier Beatles affectors sound fresh and intelligent.

As of 2006, this film is not on DVD, and difficult to find on VHS.


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