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A film about Music/TheBeatles in UsefulNotes/{{Hamburg}} -- but not simply that. If it were simply that, the first name listed in the opening credits would not be female.

It's ''really'' about the love affair between Astrid Kirchherr and Stuart Sutcliffe. Music/TheBeatles are just necessary for BackStory and conflict.

We start in Liverpool. Stuart Sutcliffe and Music/JohnLennon are at a club; Stu has sketched the girl onstage. Some big men confront them. John and Stu leave the club, but the men follow, and we end up seeing Stu pounded heavily. This will be important later.

We see several scenes of John and Stu bonding, and one of Stu choosing to be a bassist. We do ''not'' see any other Beatles until the ferry to Europe, about 15 minutes in.

We see [[RedLightDistrict the seedy nightlife of the Reeperbahn]] played to the hilt.

And finally, we are at the Kaiserkeller, and we see Klaus Voormann and Astrid. John does not get along with them. Stu falls in love...

From here on, we alternate between scenes with Music/TheBeatles and scenes with Stu and Astrid (and sometimes others).

There is a ForegoneConclusion, natch.
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!!Tropes:

* AmbitionIsEvil: Music/PaulMcCartney--in this film, and with what little time he's given, most of what he does is for the success of the band.
** Somewhat subverted, with a dose of JerkassHasAPoint. Paul was correct in noting that Sutcliffe wasn't really good enough to play with the rest of the band. Sutcliffe himself, who basically joined The Beatles because he was John Lennon's best friend, was aware of this.
* Music/TheBeatles
* BewareTheNiceOnes
* BloodFromTheMouth
* CannotSpitItOut
* CassandraTruth: Paul's warning that Stu has to leave the Beatles and denial that John will leave with him. John doesn't believe it until it happens.
* ChekhovsGunman: Music/RingoStarr shows up in an early scene, but his role is limited to laying sick in Stu's bed. Of course, he later shows up as the Beatles' drummer, replacing Pete Best, after they achieve success.
* FakeBrit: Stephen Dorff, who plays Stu, is American.
* {{Fanservice}} in spades.
* ForegoneConclusion: A few:
** Stu leaving the Beatles to pursue his ambitions in the art world.
** Stu's death.
** The rest of the Beatles striking it big later on.
* HeroicBSOD
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: John Lennon
* LoveAtFirstSight: Stu and Astrid first see each other at an early gig in the first club the Beatles perform in in Hamburg, and though Stu is busy performing it is clear that they both see each other and feel something.
* LoveDodecahedron: Stu is in love with Astrid, who John claims to have fallen for, while John is also accused of being in love with Stu. Oh, and there's also John's fiancee Cynthia.
* MythologyGag: "I've been working [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YtuybFrq7Rw eight days a week]]," says Stu to a doctor.
* ThePeteBest: The trope namer, natch, is present, and true to form he is forgotten about throughout the entire movie, mostly just being a background character and having no lines of dialogue. And then he's replaced by Ringo in the end without any mention of this occurring.
** When he finally pipes up and says something everyone else is astonished.
* PungeonMaster: You can't have a film about the Beatles without their trademark wit.
* {{Stripperiffic}}: This film is full of strippers.
* WomenAreWiser: Astrid.
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