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Backbeat (1994)

Director: Iain Softley     Starring: Sheryl Lee Stephen Dorff
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Format: DVD
Sku: 40244819
UPC: 025192543920
UPC 14: 00025192543920
Sales Rank: 804
Rating: Game Rating Code
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5 guys, 4 legends, 3 lovers, 2 friends, 1 band.
A dramatization of the hamburg, germany phase of the beatles' early history.
Editor's 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.


Video Features DVD, Special Edition, Dolby, Dolby Digital (5.1), English, Spanish

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Universal
Video Release Date Release Date: 1/25/2005
Video Play Time Running Time: 101 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1994
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 25439
Video UPC UPC: 00025192543920
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English, French Dubbed, Spanish Dubbed
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: French, Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Widescreen  1.85:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Gary Bakewell
Video Cast Info Ian Hart
Video Cast Info Sheryl Lee
Video Cast Info Stephen Dorff
Video Cast Info Finola Dwyer - Producer
Video Cast Info Iain Softley - Director
Video Cast Info Iain Softley - Writer
Video Cast Info Ian Wilson - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Martin Walsh - Editor
Video Cast Info Michael Thomas - Writer
Video Cast Info Stephen Ward - Writer
Video Cast Info Stephen Woolley - Producer
Plot 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.

Professional Reviews

"...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

"[I]t's Ian Hart as the young Lennon who steals the show." 07/01/2005 p.137

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Duprey,Marcelle
Product attributeLabel:   Mca Home Video
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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