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31 January 2010
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I rather liked Ian Hart (a native Liverpudlian) who played John Lennon. The role was written a bit over the top but I thought his performance was excellent. He had also portrayed Lennon in "The Hours And Times," a film which speculated as to what might have happened during John Lennon & Brian Epstein's holiday in Spain, which was (surprisingly) tastefully done...

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There's a lot of conjecture about this issue, and I think we'll never know for sure. However, I recommend this message from suggests Stuart's causes of death were unlikely to be related to a blow to the head.

I've heard it said that it was one of the June/July 1960 appearances at the Grosvenor Ballroom in Wallasey where Stuart was beaten up - by local Teddy boys rather than sailors. Or perhaps he was generally unlucky and it happened more than once. Frown

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11 February 2010
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Just watched this movie yesterday.  That was a very, very interesting experience for me.  I thought they did a great job of finding actors who looked like the Beatles and could do the voices reasonably well (which is very important to me in any film/cartoon about the lads).  

As could be expected, I suppose, condensing that much story into a 2-hr film made some parts seem too glossy and polished.  There are all of these scenes with the boys out and about, in the woods, on the beach, in this club or that club, and I kept thinking, "Where did they find the time for all of this leisure if they were being worked to the bone every night?"

The depictions of the band on stage were a bit too "clean" as well - it looks to me, from the film's portrayal, that Stu was one helluva bass player!  All those melodic runs, the rapid fills, and all with a ciggie in his fretting hand!  Doesn't really seem to jive with the historical accounts about Stu having a hard time even staying in the right key as the rest of the band.

Someone mentioned Stu's fight with John: that does get covered in some detail in Philip Norman's book, John Lennon: A Life.  It was the first source from which I've ever heard that story.  I seem to remember him saying that (contrary to the film's rather tame version) John really lost it and beat the slop out of Stu during that conflict (I think he said John kicked Stu in the head a few times).  What sticks with me from that account is Norman saying that John was haunted by that fight after Stu had died, thinking he might have been responsible for it.  I need to go back and re-read the book to see exactly how it's presented there.

Anyway - all in all, I really did enjoy this movie.  It can't be perfect, obviously, but I didn't see anything so glaringly stupid that it would make me want to write off the whole film.  I'll definitely watch it again (even if only for Gary Bakewell's performance as Macca - goodness, did he have that smile-while-singing-and-shaking-your-head movement perfected, or what?).

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27 April 2013
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AppleScruffJunior said
I resurrect thee zombie thread:

Just finished watching Backbeat for the first time...

Gary Bakewell as a-hard-days-night-paul-8was brilliant in The Linda McCartney story and brilliant here but he needed more lines

I had to look up the pics of the actor playing Paul, and found this one with the actress playing Linda: Enlarger

This is just ... wrong, all wrong.

While I like actress Elizabeth Mitchell (she played the oddly deranged doctor on Lost), and while she certainly has the naturally blonde earthy look down, I'm sorry, she's no better than Bakewell at capturing the essence of the inimitable.  Some icons just can't be acted by others.  For example, I've never seen a Sinatra biopic that had a worthy actor to fill the shoes of his unique persona.

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^ Not many people can play Paul McCartney sure he isn't the man himself but he does a decent portrayal of him compared to some awful people I've seen try to do Paul before 

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