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Writers (WGA):
John Denver (book) and
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Release Date:
30 April 2000 (USA) See more »
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A great life. A lousy movie. See more (24 total) »


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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 Daxton .... assistant costume designer
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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Also Known As:
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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15 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
A great life. A lousy movie., 4 October 2004
Author: Kevin Morris from Orkney, Alberta

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.

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