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Imagine: John Lennon (1988)

A biography of the rock music star.




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Credited cast:
Himself / Narration (archive footage)
Himself (archive footage)
Himself (archive footage)
Himself (archive footage)
Himself (archive footage)
Cynthia Lennon ...
Herself - John Lennon's first wife
Al Capp ...
Himself (archive footage)
May Pang ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Himself (archive footage)
Gloria Emerson ...
Herself, New York Times reporter (archive footage)


This "biography" evolves around the nearly 240 hours of film and videotape fortuitously taken by Lennon of his life. The archive footage is transformed into a fascinating life story of one of the most complex and fascinating men of the modern music era. This effort includes a 36 song soundtrack. Includes some very personal and insightful footage, never before made available to the public. Written by Todd Tidyman

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Discover John...the angry youth, the musician, the radical, the husband, the father, the lover, the idealist...through his own words and personal collection of film and music.


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7 October 1988 (USA)  »

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Imagine  »

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$3,753,977 (USA)

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George Martin remixed The Beatles songs used in the film for Dolby six-channel stereo used in theaters. He called the task one of the biggest challenges of his career. See more »


Man: [a homeless-looking young man is found wandering the grounds of Lennon's Tittenhurst Park estate]
John Lennon: Don't confuse the songs with your own life. I mean, they might have relevance to your own life, you know, but a lot of things do. And so we've met, you know? I'm just a guy, man, who writes songs.
Man: Yeah, I figured that if we met, I'd know, you know, just by meeting you.
John Lennon: But know what, man?
Man: That it all fits, you know?
John Lennon: Anything fits, you know? If you're tripping off on some trip, anything fits, you ...
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An insightful look at the life of a complex entertainer.
14 June 2000 | by (Muskogee OK) – See all my reviews

This is a well done Andrew Solt documentary made up with some wonderful never-before-seen home movies. The late musician's own narration makes for an eerie portrait of the former Beatle. You will see John Lennon as being witty, sarcastic, determined and loyal; but also childish, bawdy, and irreverent. This multi-talented musician will be loved and remembered for generations to come. Over 30 songs make up the soundtrack. Very worthwhile and musically historic.

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