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Backbeat (1994)

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A dramatization of the Hamburg, Germany phase of The Beatles' early history.

Director:

Iain Softley
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 5 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sheryl Lee ... Astrid Kirchherr
Stephen Dorff ... Stuart Sutcliffe
Ian Hart ... John Lennon
Gary Bakewell ... Paul McCartney
Chris O'Neill Chris O'Neill ... George Harrison
Scot Williams ... Pete Best
Kai Wiesinger ... Klaus Voormann
Jennifer Ehle ... Cynthia Powell
Marcelle Duprey Marcelle Duprey ... Singer
John White John White ... Sailor 1
Bernard Merrick Bernard Merrick ... Sailor 2
Nicholas Tennant Nicholas Tennant ... Sailor 3
Finola Geraghty Finola Geraghty ... Model
Rob Spendlove Rob Spendlove ... Arthur Ballard
Charlie Caine Charlie Caine ... Lord Woodbine
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Storyline

A pre-fame Beatles head for the seedy clubs of Hamburg in search of success. The band meet up with a group of trendy German beatniks, one of whom (Astrid Kircherr) bass guitarist Stuart Sutcliffe falls in love with. Whilst best friend John Lennon can only watch, Sutcliffe has to choose between rock 'n roll and a new life in Germany... Written by Douglas Baptie

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He Had To Choose Between His Best Friend... The Woman He Loved... And The Greatest Rock 'n' Roll Band In the World. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong language, and for sexuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | Germany

Language:

English | German | French | Russian

Release Date:

15 April 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A kezdetek See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$2,392,599
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Black and White | Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Frieda Kelly, who plays George's mother, was a secretary of the Beatles' Fan Club in its earliest days. She even gets a mention on the Beatles' 1963 Christmas message...from George. See more »

Goofs

In the opening credits montage, the policeman directing traffic has long hair covering his ears, far too long for 1960. See more »

Quotes

John Lennon: Green tea, anyone?
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Crazy Credits

At the very end of the end titles, long after all the other music credits have run, one last music credit appears on the otherwise blank screen: "TIME TO GO HOME, Written by Maria Bird, Published by Minder Music." See more »

Connections

References Eddie and the Cruisers (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

Long Tall Sally
Written & Composed by Richard Penniman [Little Richard], Enotris Johnson & Robert 'Bumps' Blackwell
By kind permission of Peermusic (UK) Ltd
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The Pre-Beatles Show
15 March 1999 | by Quentin-12See all my reviews

Finally we see the side to the Beatles that no one really knew - what happened before and what they were before. Stephen Dorff gives off another simply brilliant performance as Stuart - the man who could have been but never cared enough he was "Just along for a few laughs". Being a Beatles fan I've always been interested in their personal lives and this movie gets more personal than any documentary or news reel could. As to how true the events are I'm not sure but it was a definitely enjoyable movie.


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