Birth of the Beatles (1979)

  |  Biography, Drama, Music


Birth of the Beatles (1979) Poster

An account of The Beatles during the Hamburg years, their signing with Brian Epstein and their inevitable rise during the early sixties.


6.5/10
565

Get More From IMDb

For an enhanced browsing experience, get the IMDb app on your smartphone or tablet.

Get the IMDb app

Reviews & Commentary

Add a Review


User Reviews


21 January 2013 | ogdendc
7
| Good job, lads!
I've been a Beatles fan for most of my life. Grew up 30 miles from Liverpool a few years later than the boys did. So I could be mean and point out some of the liberties the filmmakers took here. But all in all this isn't bad. The actors are easily recognisable as their characters and the accents aren't too far off. The major players in the Beatles story are all there, and the settings (Liverpool, Hamburg) evoke the era and are believable. The songs come over really well - sounds like Rain were a decent band in their own right. The larking about on stage is also captured perfectly. But Astrid looks a little too much like Anne Robinson (and not blonde enough) for my liking - she even winks at one point!

The early relationship between Brian Epstein and the Beatles seemed very real. Well, Pete Best was there at the time and, as an adviser, should have helped them to get it right. He obviously believes (to this day) that there was a long-running conspiracy to replace him with Ringo. And I think he's right.

I think my favourite cameo in the film is Nigel Havers as George Martin. The posh tall classically trained English gent, running a comedy label as part of EMI, was the only record executive to recognise the unique talent that changed popular music for ever.

Good job, lads.

Critic Reviews



Did You Know?

Trivia

Only film about The Beatles produced and released prior to the death of John Lennon.


Quotes

Paul McCartney: Hey, when you're rich and famous, what are you gonna be?
George Harrison: A millionaire.
Paul McCartney: And do what?
George Harrison: Buy a bus for me dad! He's putting his foot down. Wants me working.
John Lennon: Don't be thick! People die here... never knowing if they've ever lived. Well, you won't find me ...


Goofs

During a scene at the NEMS record shop in 1961, the British album cover for Gordon Lightfoot's The Way I Feel, released in 1967, can be spotted on a shelf.


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

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

Storyline

Plot Summary


Synopsis (WARNING: Spoilers)


Genres

Biography | Drama | Music

Not-So-Scary Movies For Scaredy Cats

Looking for a slightly scary movie to watch this Halloween? Check out our picks for movies that (hopefully) won't keep you up at night. For even more, visit our Guide to Horror ... if you dare.

See the full list

Around The Web

 | 

Powered by ZergNet

More To Explore

Search on Amazon.com