Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.
United Kingdom/Germany, 1994. Channel Four Films, Fortbeam, PolyGram Filmed Entertainment, Royal, Scala Productions, Wildgaze Films. Screenplay by Iain Softley, Michael Thomas, Stephen Ward. Cinematography by Ian Wilson. Produced by Finola Dwyer, Stephen Woolley. Music by Don Was. Production Design by Joseph Bennett. Costume Design by Sheena Napier. Film Editing by Martin Walsh.
The early days of the Beatles are definitely a part of their history that isn’t as widely celebrated as their later years of super fame. Here we get a glimpse into their humble beginnings when bass player Stuart Sutcliffe (formerly a painter) was originally with the band, and how his relationship with best friend John Lennon was tested by their mutual love of the same woman (Sheryl Lee). Sutcliffe is marvelously played by Stephen Dorff, while Ian Hart reprises his The Hours and Times role of Lennon and does an equally impressive job. The film has lots of great music and a strong, steady pace.