6.0/10
304
24 user 3 critic

Take Me Home: The John Denver Story (2000)

Biopic about the musical career and life of American singer-songwriter John Denver.

Director:

Writers:

(book), (book) | 1 more credit »
Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Dead Last (TV Series 2001)
Drama | Comedy | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Three bandmates find a strange amulet that allows them to see and talk to ghosts. They end up helping various ghosts resolve their unfinished business that keeps them stuck on Earth.

Stars: Sara Downing, Tyler Labine, Kett Turton
Comedy | Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

A young woman relay races across Canada with her boyfriend and another couple to bail her brother out of a marijuana charge.

Director: Malcolm Ingram
Stars: Jaimz Woolvett, Breckin Meyer, Jake Busey
Family for Christmas (TV Movie 2015)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

After a conversation with a man playing Santa Claus during her office Christmas party, a woman wakes up to find herself married to her college sweetheart and two kids and questions her life choices.

Director: Amanda Tapping
Stars: Lacey Chabert, Tyron Leitso, Milli Wilkinson
Oh, God! (1977)
Comedy | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

When God appears to an assistant grocery manager as a good natured old man, the Almighty selects him as his messenger for the modern world.

Director: Carl Reiner
Stars: John Denver, George Burns, Teri Garr
Being Erica (TV Series 2009)
Comedy | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

"Therapist" Dr. Tom - who is constantly spouting famous and not so famous historical quotes - is Erica Strange's savior and worst enemy. Erica, a young adult woman, is having a bad life ... See full summary »

Stars: Erin Karpluk, Reagan Pasternak, Michael Riley
Take Me Home (2011)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Soon after Thom starts operating as an illegal taxi driver in New York City, Claire hires him to drive her to California after her estranged father suffers a heart attack.

Director: Sam Jaeger
Stars: Sam Jaeger, Amber Jaeger, Victor Garber
Melrose Place (1992–1999)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

The lives and loves of a group of young adults living in "Melrose Place" in California. Each with their own dreams and drives, the inevitable conflicts, conquests, and consummations ensue.

Stars: Heather Locklear, Andrew Shue, Courtney Thorne-Smith
Third Watch (1999–2005)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

The exploits of a group of men and women who serve the City of New York as police officers, firemen, and paramedics in the fictional 55th Precinct.

Stars: Coby Bell, Skipp Sudduth, Jason Wiles
Zoom (2015)
Animation | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A multi-dimensional interface between a comic book artist, a novelist, and a film director. Each lives in a separate reality but authors a story about one of the others.

Director: Pedro Morelli
Stars: Gael García Bernal, Alison Pill, Mariana Ximenes
Deadbeat (TV Series 2014)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

The series follows Kevin Pacalioglu, a medium for hire, who attempts to solve various ghosts' unresolved problems, so that they can move on to a final resting place, occasionally with the ... See full summary »

Stars: Tyler Labine, Lucy DeVito, Brandon T. Jackson
Sex and the City (1998–2004)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Four female New Yorkers gossip about their sex-lives (or lack thereof) and find new ways to deal with being a woman in the 90s.

Stars: Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
Annie Denver
...
Dutch
...
Hal Thau
...
Irma
Wezley Morris ...
Zak
Stefanie Walmsley ...
Anna Kate
Gage Giles ...
Young John Denver
...
MC
Kelly Dean Sereda ...
Mike
Byron Lucas ...
Joe
...
Milt
...
Frat Guy
...
Student Producer
Kurt Evans ...
Production Assistant
Edit

Storyline

Biopic about the musical career and life of American singer-songwriter John Denver.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

based on book | See All (1) »

Genres:

Biography | Drama | Music

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

30 April 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A História de John Denver  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Goofs

There is a scene depicting a performance in Denver, Colorado in 1972. John Denver did not perform in Denver until 4 years later in 1976. See more »

Connections

References Oh, God! (1977) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

A great life. A lousy movie.
4 October 2004 | by (Orkney, Alberta) – See all my reviews

This is a very difficult film to describe. How do you separate a movie that mostly stinks from the subject matter: the man and his music that had such a great influence on so many people around the world. And given the numerous inaccuracies contained in this film, how do we know that any of it is real. Is this a flawed portrayal of the life of a remarkable artist, or is it just lies from start to finish? My comments therefore will be aimed primarily at the film and not at the actual man.

In Take Me Home we get a glimpse into the life of a man that is inevitably flawed, as in the best tradition of Shakespearean tragedy. His poor relationship with his father is echoed in his relationship with his children. His early life of frequent moving and his desire to communicate with the world are at odds with the idyllic love and home that any man would want. Eventually he begins to appear like a man who wants to sing about a romanticized life that he doesn't actually want to lead. In the end his declining popularity coincides with the achievement of a certain peace.

One of the problems with this film is that John Denver's life was not a Shakespearean tragedy. It was simply a man's life. And as a depiction of such, this film has an almost total disrespect for timelines. For example, the songs appear to be chosen, not for their actual release dates, but for how they fit into the mood of a given scene. This may have been acceptable for any other film, but not for the story of a songwriter. Another temporal problem is that John maintains his 1970s appearance throughout the latter part of the film despite the fact that he'd cut his hair and emerged from the seventies like the rest of us. And then there was the split-second gap between Annie asking for a divorce and his meeting Cassandra. In reality that was five years.

The acting is this film ranges from the sublime to the ridiculous. Kristin Davis, as Annie, is just totally gorgeous from start to finish. Her performance is without fault. The best performance though, was Gerald McRaney. As John's father he conveyed his distance and disapproval with real acting class. Indeed, a highlight of the film is the scene where he is teaching John to fly the Lear Jet. Very subtle, very genuine; a superb performance.

And then there's the ridiculous. There is no other word for Chad Lowe's portrayal of John Denver. His comical attempts to look like he is singing would almost be funny if they weren't such an insult. It is obvious that he has no feeling for the music and no real grasp of the mannerisms of the man. He does, however, passably look the part. Indeed, when hiking in the mountains with his red flannel coat and leather hat, I could almost believe he was the real thing.

Take Me Home has a few things to commend it. I like how it hints of a problem with alcohol but does not dwell on it. I like how they set up the scenario for his death but spare us the details, instead portraying a man in a moment of happiness. And despite all the faults it is, to date, the only dramatic depiction of the life of a man that had an extraordinary influence on world opinion.

While this movie is something of a classic tragedy, and has managed to bring a tear to my eye every time I've watched it, I have to ask the inevitable question. How sorry should I feel for a man with his own Lear Jet? In truth John Denver achieved most of his life's goals with staggering success. Even his death was a death of consummate luxury. So why do I feel sorry? Perhaps he said it for me. "More than anything else, I'm sorry for myself, for living without you." The truth is, I miss him still.


15 of 18 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Is there a term for this type of stock ending? fubleduck

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?