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Imagine: John Lennon (1988)

A biography of the rock music star.

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Cynthia Lennon ...
Herself - John Lennon's first wife
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Al Capp ...
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May Pang ...
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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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$3,753,977
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The first cut of the film ran 24 hours long. See more »

Quotes

Reporter: [the Beatles' press conference at Kennedy Airport]
Reporter: Why does it excite them so much?
[their music]
Paul McCartney: We don't know, really.
John Lennon: If we did, we'd form another group and be managers.
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Connections

Referenced in Rewind This! (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Give Peace a Chance
Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney
Published by SBK Blackwood Music Inc.
under license from ATV Music (Maclen)
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Two Decades in the Life
16 August 2001 | by See all my reviews

I can't say enough about how much John Lennon's death still hurts me when I think about it, and I wasn't even alive when that terrible date (8 Dec 1980) transpired. But through the duration of "Imagine: John Lennon," I felt at ease with his death. I felt that Lennon was sitting there next to me telling me that he's fine, and that he will never be dead as long as his music live forever in the minds of his fans. Lennon's life was captured brilliantly in this documentary. His brilliance, his unique spirit, and his controversial opinions about the crooked elements of the world are reverently presented. I thanks the makers of this film for omitting the name of the eternally damned soul who selfishly brought the end to the physical life of Lennon. Lennon lives on, but the scars left by his passing will remain. For those who do not know Lennon's life very well, this film is perfect for them. Together, you, me, and Lennon can imagine a world free of hatred in our lives and the lives of future generations. It is possible if we just give peace a chance. I love this movie and it's portrayal of the life of the most influential entertainer of the past couple centuries. What more can be said about such an amazing life?


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