Birth of the Beatles (1979)

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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.


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15 May 2001 | genesisj
10
| Well done, accurate.
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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Trivia

Only Beatles biopic produced and released prior to the death of John Lennon.


Quotes

Stu Sutcliffe: I've made up me mind. Tonight, I'm leaving.
John Lennon: But you're a Beatle! We're nothing without you.
Stu Sutcliffe: You need someone who can give you the pulse you need... who can crow with you... and that's not me. Besides, I've decided to stay here. Astrid and I are ...
John Lennon: ...


Goofs

The Beatles are shown performing Long Tall Sally for their audition on New Year's Day 1962. This song was not among those recorded at the Decca audition that day.


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".


Soundtracks

She Loves You
Written by
John Lennon & Paul McCartney
Performed by Rain (Eddie Lineberry, Chuck Coffey, Bill Connearney, and Steve Wight)

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Genres

Biography | Drama | Music

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