Birth of the Beatles

Birth of the Beatles

Richard Marquand (1979)

A Certificate


Our Score
In comparison to the real thing, the wilder imaginings and flawed period atmosphere of this made-in-Britain TV movie are all the more cruelly exposed. John, Paul, George and Ringo are so familiar that it is almost impossible to accept imitations, even if they are as skilful as those in the 1993 film Backbeat. The quartet assembled here don't even bear a passing resemblance to the Fab Four, however, and the accents are atrocious. Still, the Cavern/Hamburg period is fascinating and the passable music (performed by the band Rain) provides welcome relief from the acting.


Pop biopic charting the Beatles' early days in Germany with original members Pete Best and Stu Sutcliffe, and their first stab at chart success with Ringo Starr and producer George Martin. Starring Stephen Mackenna, John Altman, Rod Culbertson, Ray Ashcroft and Nigel Havers.

Cast & Crew

John Lennon Stephen Mackenna
Paul McCartney Rod Culbertson
George Harrison John Altman
Ringo Starr Ray Ashcroft
Pete Best Ryan Michael
Stu Sutcliffe David Wilkinson
Brian Epstein Brian Jameson
Cynthia Lennon Wendy Morgan
Rory Storm Gary Olsen
George Martin Nigel Havers
Astrid Kirchherr Alyson Spiro
Agent Linal Haft
Aunt Mimi Eileen Kennally
Club Boss Richard Marner
Director Richard Marquand
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: G.T.O. FilmsGuidance: Mild swearing, brief nudity.