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The Beatles: Made on Merseyside (2018)

The incredible story of how The Beatles emerged from post-war Liverpool and turned music on its head with their changes from skiffle to rock 'n' roll and the creation of the Mersey Beat sound.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Pete Best ... Himself - Original Drummer
Joe Flannery ... Himself - Epstein's Business Associate
Keith Altham ... Himself - Journalist & PR Guru
Alex McKechnie ... Himself - Cavern Club Regular
Spencer Leigh ... Himself - Author & Broadcaster
Len Garry Len Garry ... Himself - The Quarrymen
Rod Murray ... Himself - Friend of Lennon & Sutcliffe
Tony Bramwell ... Himself - Beatles Tour Manager
Tony Palmer ... Himself - Film Director
Bill Harry Bill Harry ... Himself - Founder of Mersey Beat (1961)
Colin Hanton ... Himself - The Quarrymen
Mimi Smith ... Herself - Speaking in 1981 (archive footage) (as Mary Elizabeth 'Mimi' Smith)
Freda Kelly ... Herself - Epstein's Secretary
Paul Gambaccini Paul Gambaccini ... Himself - Writer and Broadcaster
John McNally John McNally ... Himself - The Searchers
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They defined music and popular culture like no other band ever will - but how did The Beatles make the journey from Merseyside teenagers to international pop stars in the 1960s? Made on Merseyside - The Beatles discovers how American rock 'n' roll and rhythm and blues dragged post-war Liverpool into one of the most vibrant music cities ever with the Mersey Sound. Featuring revealing interviews from those involved in the early years of The Beatles in Liverpool and Hamburg and unique archive, the incredible story of The Beatles' previous band formations and why it took so long for them to achieve success makes riveting viewing. From school bands, to colleges; Hamburg to The Cavern Club, The Beatles changed the world of pop music forever, but was Pete Best's sacking from the band and Ringo's replacement the final part of the jigsaw? Written by Paperback Writer

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An overnight success that was five years in the making

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 September 2018 (UK) See more »

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Budget:

$350,000 (estimated)
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16:9 HD
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For Hardcore Fans
11 November 2019 | by westsideschlSee all my reviews

Basically for hardcore Beatles' chroniclers. 90% of screen time composed of the early '60s period general stock film alongside current interviews w/people (mostly now old white males) familiar w/Liverpool & surrounding area' music & club scenes. The rest is reminiscences of the Beatles & their promoter Epstein. Very little music, mostly generic.

Lacked subtitles for the elderly, disabled, hearing impaired, and ESL viewers. Disrespectful & cheap on the part of the producers especially when audio & enunciation is off, and the varying old British dialects.


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