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Backbeat (1994)

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

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

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Astrid Kirchherr
... Stuart Sutcliffe
... John Lennon
... Paul McCartney
Chris O'Neill ... George Harrison
... Pete Best
... Klaus Voormann
... Cynthia Powell
Marcelle Duprey ... Singer
John White ... Sailor 1
Bernard Merrick ... Sailor 2
Nicholas Tennant ... Sailor 3
Finola Geraghty ... Model
Rob Spendlove ... Arthur Ballard
Charlie Caine ... Lord Woodbine
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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 »


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

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15 April 1994 (USA)  »

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$2,392,599
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Trivia

When Klaus Voormann introduces himself to the Beatles, he mentions that he's an artist, and lays a stack of album covers on the bar. Voorman would later go on to create the covers for The Beatles albums "Revolver" and "The Beatles Anthology" (One large painting cut into thirds for the three volumes). See more »

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

Quotes

Paul McCartney: [singing after John has just belted out a drunken rant] Time to go home, time to go home, Andy and Teddy are waving goodnight!
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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 »

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

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This is an excellent depiction of the Beatles ' Hamburg days .But the movie real heroes are actually Sutcliffe,Lennon and Astrid.The movie was made some years after Goldman's infamous book and there are hints at an homosexual relation between John and Stu ("you're jealous of me!"Astrid would have said to John!) but the director does not insist and he finally depicts a true friendship.He pits Stu's down-to-earth world against Astrid's chic elitist intellectual one : they go to the pictures to see Melville's "Les enfants terribles" (actually a Cocteau story),and she seems to be very fond of the French culture:Cocteau,Sartre ,Edith Piaf ,Rimbaud,;and she was ahead of her time since fifteen years later,rock singer Patti Smith had the same idols.The scenarists also sketch a parallel between the Klaus Voorman/Astrid relationship and "les enfants terribles" Ian Hart is an excellent John Lennon,in turn cynical,violent,delicate,nasty,hateful;Gary Bakewell resembles Paul,but he is not given a single moment to shine ;as for Georges ,he is completely insignificant.The music is very exciting .Even when Stu (Dorff) sings his ditty in a gleeful croak ,it's rock and roll ! At the end of the movie,the dialog begins to ring false.Everybody acts as if the Beatles were to become huge ;at the time ,who could have predicted such a career?It's a rebuilding of history a posteriori.And if the final lines about Astrid,Stu and Klaus are useful,those about the Beatles are overkill:everybody knows that they were the biggest group of all time.

A must for Beatles' fans anyway.


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