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Writers (WGA):
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Release Date:
30 April 2000 (USA) See more »
Biopic about the musical career and life of American singer-songwriter John Denver. | Add synopsis »
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Chad Lowe ... John Denver

Kristin Davis ... Annie Denver

Gerald McRaney ... Dutch

Brian Markinson ... Hal Thau

Susan Hogan ... Irma
Wezley Morris ... Zak
Stefanie Walmsley ... Anna Kate
Gage Giles ... Young John Denver

Reg Tupper ... MC
Kelly Dean Sereda ... Mike
Byron Lucas ... Joe

Garry Chalk ... Milt

Tyler Labine ... Frat Guy

Tyron Leitso ... Student Producer
Kurt Evans ... Production Assistant
Saskia Gould ... Girlfriend at European Party
Dylan McCoombs-Austin ... Zak - Age 5
Emma Woo ... Anna Kate - Age 3

Ty Olsson ... Workman
Clare Lapinskie ... Cassandra
Kristina Matisic ... Anchor

Trevor Devall ... Jake
Ingrid Tesch ... Nurse

Jennifer Copping ... Young Woman

Don Thompson ... Plane Mechanic
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Pamela Guest ... On-air Co-host with Hugh Hewitt (uncredited)

Directed by
Jerry London 
Writing credits
John Denver (book "Take Me Home") and
Arthur Tobier (book "Take Me Home")

Stephen Harrigan (teleplay)

Produced by
Jon Cowan .... executive producer
Carroll Newman .... producer
Antony Root .... executive producer
Robert L. Rovner .... executive producer
Scott M. Siegler .... executive producer
Harold Thau .... co-producer
Original Music by
Lee Holdridge 
Cinematography by
Mike Fash 
Film Editing by
Bernard Gribble 
Casting by
Natalie Hart 
Carol Kelsay 
Jason La Padura 
Production Design by
Linda Del Rosario 
Richard Paris 
Set Decoration by
Brian Kane 
Costume Design by
Cynthia Ann Summers 
Makeup Department
James Dean Patten .... assistant hair stylist
Janet Sala .... hair stylist
Production Management
Sherry Gorval .... production manager
Nowell Grossman .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Glenn Bottomley .... second assistant director
Pierre Henry .... first assistant director
Alexis Hinde .... third assistant director
Art Department
Kevin Brown .... prop buyer
Matthew Clancy .... scenic carpenter
Lori Gillis .... assistant set decorator
Jean François Larche .... set dresser (as Jay Larche)
David Valentine .... property master
Sound Department
Bob Costanza .... sound effects editor
Joe Earle .... sound re-recording mixer
Gary Krause .... sound effects editor
Jon Lavender .... boom operator
Paul Longstaffe .... dialog editor
Tim Richardson .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Marco Ciccone .... first assistant camera
Mark Cohen .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Douglas Craik .... camera operator
David Goyer .... generator operator
Simon Hall .... video playback operator
Andrew Mackie .... best boy grip
Paul T. Murakami .... daily grip
Lowell Norman .... still photographer: past photographs
Jeff Plecas .... key grip
John Trapman .... aerial director of photography
Casting Department
James Forsyth .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Marco Pimenta .... assistant costume designer (as Marco Daxton)
Editorial Department
Thomas M. Bolger .... assistant editor
Erin Mitchell .... post-production coordinator
Music Department
Thomas Bartke .... music editor
Bruce Coughlan .... music coordinator
Alan Deremo .... musician
Mike Flicker .... music editor
Mike Flicker .... music supervisor
Jeff Lingle .... music editor
Other crew
Ashley Fester .... background performer
AnaMarie C. Gonzaga .... production accountant
Jennifer Harland .... background coordinator
Karin Korchinski .... assistant production coordinator
Jae Marchant .... location manager
Sheri Mayervich .... production assistant
Jenifer Newman .... script coordinator

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90 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Factual errors: Depicted playing "Country Road" on stage in 1972, Denver's backup band has an electric bass. In the 1970s, Denver always toured and recorded with an acoustic bass.See more »
Movie Connections:
References Oh, God! (1977)See more »


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An Insult to an Extraordinary Human Being, 7 June 2007
Author: aerie01-1 from United States

I wish I could rate this awful dreck 0 stars. This film was not just an insult to John Denver, it was a tribute to Saint Annie and her revisionist pal, Hal Thau, who even today, seeks to portray John as a stupid hayseed. Hal thought up the idea of Windstar??? Ridiculous. And although the man is not exactly my favorite person on the planet, we must give credit where credit is due -- John's 70s career was the work of Jerry Weintraub, NOT Hal Thau, as the movie shows. In fact, I don't recall Jerry's name ever even mentioned, and we won't even go into the lapses in chronology that turn this non-fiction into utter fiction.

The pain this film caused John's family, friends and fans was immeasurable. After losing him so suddenly and then having to endure the pain of sarcastic jokes from the media and little due respect from his peers, we were subjected to *this*. A two-hour mockery of John's life, starting with the simply abysmal portrayal by Chad Lowe. Talk about adding insult to injury! I remember being very excited to hear that Chad had been chosen when the casting was announced -- I had enjoyed him on Life Goes On and considered him a fine actor. But his John Denver was a ridiculous caricature. He claimed that he had been a fan, but it was obvious to me and everyone else that he had never even watched a video of JD, let alone seen him perform live. John DID NOT move like one of those mechanical flowers in a can that sways when music plays. He was passionate and intense and sang with his whole body. One person, in their IMDb review of this "movie" said his voice was not very good, but au contraire -- his voice was superb, and only got better with age.

The way Dutch, John's father, was depicted was abominable. Yes, the two had their problems and yes, Dutch was a pretty strict father. But to infer that he was not proud of his son was a bald-faced lie. He may not have approved of John leaving college to pursue a musical career, but he did the most wonderful thing a parent could do -- he sent him some money, wished him luck and let him go. He was far from the one-dimensional ogre this film portrayed him as.

The saddest part of this dreary little exercise, to me, was the way John's humanitarian efforts were portrayed as dilletante-ish, when in fact, he basically gave up his popularity in the 70s to work for the things he believed in. I agree -- John was no saint -- he was just as human as the rest of us. But focusing on his shortcomings cheapens and denigrates an extraordinary life. Hal Thau, you should be ashamed of yourself.

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