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The U.S. vs. John Lennon (2006)

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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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Akte USA vs. John Lennon  »

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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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Gore Vidal: John Lennon was a born enemy of those who control the United States, which I always say was admirable. Lennon came to represent life, while Mr. Nixon... and Mr. Bush... represent death.
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Just a Simple Summary to those of us who were already paying attention
8 October 2006 | by (Austin, TX) – See all my reviews

For those of us who followed Lennon and the Beatles through those tumultuous years, this was a simple summary that really didn't break any ground or uncover any new information. The filmmakers were more excited to find a few pieces of lost or mislabeled footage, such as Lennon being given his green card, than to enlighten those of us who were along for the ride all along. But it was good to hear from John again, even to say "flower power didn't work, so what? You do something else." No coverage was given John's activism or lack thereof during his infamous "lost weekend." Yoko's constant presence saw to that.

But I would love for my son and his generation to see it. Much of what is going on today has gone unchallenged, and the return of the J. Edgar Hooverization of America has been obvious to those of us who were awake back then.


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