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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 ... 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 »

Genres:

Biography | Drama | Music

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Details

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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The Rickenbacker 330 guitars played by Stephen MacKenna as John Lennon are actually Japanese-made copies. The headstocks are longer than a real Rickenbacker and the pickups and tailpieces differ. See more »

Goofs

In one scene, Stuart Sutcliffe tells John Lennon that he is leaving the band, then shortly after dies of a brain hemorrhage while dancing with his fiancee. The scene takes place in 1961, just before they are set to record backup for My Bonnie. The real Sutcliffe died in April 1962, several months after he left the Beatles. See more »

Quotes

Brian Epstein: What do you mean, "Pete's Out"? And "Ringo's In"? I like Pete! He's very popular. Girls sleep out in his garden, it's good for the whole group!
Paul McCartney: Pete's not a Beatle.
John Lennon: He's too conventional. Anyway, Ringo's a professional.
Brian Epstein: This doesn't make sense! I mean, you could have gotten rid of Pete after the trip to Hamburg!
John Lennon: Pete hasn't grown like the rest of us.
Brian Epstein: Don't upset the apple cart. Everything's finally going well. The record company heard his drumming. They liked it!
John Lennon: You're not listening, Eppie. ...
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Alternate Versions

A European version exists, and is a different cut from the American version. The following changes were made to the European version:
  • Some of the dialogue and text in this version is different.
  • The opening narration is now done by a British narrator, with the opening text superimposed on a black screen as opposed to a blue screen.
  • The prologue, which includes John saying that he wants to see Mickey Mouse is omitted.
  • The opening theme song is "My Bonnie" instead of "She Loves You".
  • A scene in an art school with a naked woman is included.
  • The scenes where The Beatles perform at Der Kaiserkiller are longer. They also include two additional song scenes: "Kansas City" and "Shake, Rattle and Roll" (the former has them trip on the stage floor, while the latter has them break it).
  • The scene where they find Stuart badly beaten has extra dialogue.
  • The scene where Stuart and Astrid have their moment in bed together is different. The other version has him showing her her new necklace, while this version, has the two of them making love to each other.
  • John's bedroom scene with Stuart has extra shots of the others in bed.
  • The scene where they first talk to Brian Epstein is a little bit longer.
  • The scene where Brian goes to find The Beatles performing "Love Me Do" at a venue is longer.
  • The scene where Brian goes to tell the Beatles about George Martin and EMI, has him getting out of a taxi.
  • In the scene where Cynthia tell John about expecting a baby, John asks her "What are we gonna call him?"
  • The scene where the Beatles arrive at New York City is longer.
  • The end credits feature "She Loves You", instead of "My Bonnie".
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Connections

Features The Ed Sullivan Show (1948) See more »

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Written by Georgia Dobbins, William Garrett, Freddie Gorman, Brian Holland, and Robert Bateman
Performed by Rain (Eddie Lineberry, Chuck Coffey, Bill Connearney, and Steve Wight)
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Well done, accurate.
15 May 2001 | by genesisjSee all my reviews

As a knowledgeable fan I recommend this film as faithful to the facts and well acted. As an 11 year old living in Istanbul I heard some friends talking about a new music sensation that caused girls to scream. I thought hmmmm, if girls like them, they must be crap. My only records until then were Haley Mills, The Everly Brothers & Ricky Nelson. Soon after while on vacation with the family at a military cafeteria in Ismir I heard a song (which I later learned was 'Love Me Do') and was floored by the difference between it and every song I had ever heard until then. When I heard the 'Meet The Beatles' album of my older brother I was hooked for life. Having read the definitive book of their beginnings (by Davis) I was surprised that this movie followed the facts very well with the exception of leaving out most of the sex and some of the drug use (it did touch on the use of methadrine/dexadrine). >


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