Directed By: Iain Softley Starring: Sheryl Lee Stephen Dorff

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A dramatization of the hamburg, germany phase of the beatles' early history.


Studio Universal
SKU 40244819
UPC 025192543920
UPC 14 00025192543920
Format DVD
Release Date 1/25/2005
Rating Rating
Rock And Roll
Theatrical Release
True Story
Editors Note
Note This hard-driving, energetic drama chronicling the Beatles' ascendance to fame in Hamburg's club circuit centers on "fifth Beatle" Stu Sutcliffe and his close relationship to John Lennon. Driven by art rather than music, Sutcliffe ultimately must choose between his true passion and certain superstardom.
Plot Summary
Summary A reconstruction of the legendary British rock group's early days, before the advent of Beatlemania and world-wide fame.| The story focuses on the turbulent and exciting period that the Beatles' spent in Hamburg, Germany in 1960-62, when they played in a series of rough-and-tumble dives and came into contact with cutting-edge artists. Among them was photographer Astrid Kirchherr, who helped shape the group's image, and with whom both John Lennon and former Beatle Stu Sutcliffe fell in love.| Ultimately, Sutcliffe left the group, making way for the success of one of the greatest phenomena in rock music history.
Premiere "...Any old way you choose it, the music still kills..." 04/01/1994 p.28
Sight and Sound "...Fleshing out this engaging cartoon is an excellent performance by Ian Hart..." 04/01/1994 p.35-6
New York Times "...Lively, galvanizing and unexpectedly well made....[Softley] has done a fond, imaginative job..." 04/15/1994 p.C15
Entertainment Weekly "...An exhilarating surprise....As thrilling as it is original..." -- Rating: A 04/15/1994 pp.38-40
Los Angeles Times "...It's lively and full of good music and it plays around with a fascinating subject..." 04/15/1994 p.F1
Rolling Stone "BACKBEAT nails the era's speed-fueled rocker spirit while mining the consequences of an artist following his bliss." 01/27/2005 p.66
Uncut "[I]t's Ian Hart as the young Lennon who steals the show." 07/01/2005 p.137
Iain Softley
Sheryl Lee
Stephen Dorff
Cast & Crew
Finola Dwyer - Producer
Gary Bakewell - Actor
Iain Softley - Director
Iain Softley - Writer
Ian Hart - Actor
Ian Wilson - Cinematographer
Martin Walsh - Editor
Michael Thomas - Writer
Sheryl Lee - Actor
Stephen Dorff - Actor
Stephen Ward - Writer
Stephen Woolley - Producer
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1994
Catalog ID 25439
UPC 00025192543920
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 101 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English, French Dubbed, Spanish Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  1.85:1
DVD, Special Edition, Dolby, Dolby Digital (5.1), English, Spanish
Product Attributes
Actor Duprey,Marcelle
Label Mca Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD

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