Backbeat (1994)

IAIN SOFTLEY

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, , .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

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 (). Sutcliffe is marvelously played by , 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.

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