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A documentary on the life of John Lennon, with a focus on the time in his life when he transformed from a musician into an antiwar activist.

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After background about the childhood and youth of John Lennon (1940-1980) and the birth of Vietnam-War protests, the film plunges into Lennon's quest for world peace: compositions such as "Give Peace a Chance", the lie-in following his marriage to Yoko Ono, appearances at concerts, "War Is Over" posters, and plans for a series of concerts in 1972 in U.S. presidential primary states reach newly-enfranchised young voters. This plan for concerts, in particular, led a prominent Senator, the FBI's J. Edgar Hoover, and Nixon's White House to initiate a concerted and illegal effort to deport Lennon. Thirty talking heads, led by Yoko, comment on Lennon and these events. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Musician. Humanitarian. National Threat.


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Rated PG-13 for some strong language, violent images and drug references | See all certifications »
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7 December 2006 (Netherlands)  »

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$69,143 (USA) (15 September 2006)

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$1,102,937 (USA) (22 November 2006)
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Reporter: Mr. Lennon, do you feel any antagonism toward the people who have attempted to have you deported?
John Lennon: Absolutely not. I believe time wounds all heels.
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9 October 2006 | by (Mequon, Wisconsin, USA) – See all my reviews

What a coincidence that on this, Lennon's birthday Oct 9, this movie seeks to rebirth the peace movement he helped to thrust into the public conscience. While the mainstream media continually played John Lennon as a sidelined superstar- a once great entertainer turned hippie wacko, the real John Lennon became enlightened to the truth. He began speaking truth to power and aligned himself with the leading voices of reform and radical change to the corruption of day. He realized his iconic star-power could be the greatest venue to create social change without complete anarchy... and so did the Nixon administration (including the young Dick Cheney and Don Rumsfelt) only they didn't want a change. Just like today only they've become much more insidious.

We need more Lennon-like leaders from the entertainment business. Speak truth to power... its not all about the brass ring and the benjamins. If everyone stands up they can't character assassinate us all! Thank you John and Yoko!


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