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A chronicle of John Lennon's first years, focused mainly in his adolescence and his relationship with his stern aunt Mimi, who raised him, and his absentee mother Julia, who re-entered his life at a crucial moment in his young life.

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John (as Aaron Johnson)
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Marie
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Marie's Friend
Angela Walsh ...
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Richard Syms ...
Reverend
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Stan
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Jackie (aged 6)
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Bobby
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Storyline

The story of John Lennon's childhood and teenage years from 1944 to 1960, his relationship with his aunt Mimi and his mother Julia -the two dominant women in the first part of his life-, his first meeting with Paul McCartney and George Harrison, their friendship, their love for music and the birth of The Beatles. Written by CynthiaPowell

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The Extraordinary Untold Story Of John Lennon. See more »

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Biography | Drama | Music

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Rated R for language and a scene of sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

25 December 2009 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Mi nombre es John Lennon  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$52,749 (USA) (8 October 2010)

Gross:

$1,445,366 (USA) (3 December 2010)
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Trivia

In this film David Threlfall plays Anne-Marie Duff's brother-in-law. In the series Shameless (2004) he played her father. See more »

Goofs

When John leaves Julia's house he's wearing an open-necked shirt. When walking along through the park he's wearing a tie, arriving at Mimi's gate he's tieless again. See more »

Quotes

John: [shakes fist humorously at the air] Oh i'll get you back for that God!
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Connections

Featured in Angela and Friends: Episode #1.39 (2010) See more »

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Movin' N' Groovin'
Written by Duane Eddy, Lee Hazlewood
Published (c) 1959 (Renewed)
UniChappell Music Inc. (BMI)
Licensed courtesy of Warner Chappell Music Publishing Limited
Performed by The Nowhere Boys
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Lennon Would Have Despised It.
6 October 2010 | by (toronto) – See all my reviews

Nowhere Boy is a chick flick running on syrupy emotions and National Enquirer sentiment.To accomplish that the film makers forsook the truth and vomit on any real chance of knowing the young Lennon.

There are so many inaccuracies, but the real offensive is the deliberate will to mislead and create a sappy boy-band character that John Lennon is well documented to have despised.

Only a fool would believe that John played his first gig on a truck bed and the band is tight, polished and professional.The Beatles were only so after years of playing in Berlin. Even the earliest live Beatles recordings are much more crude and rough.

Lennon hardly spent any time with Julia, and she damn sure did not teach him to play the banjo,day after day.

John Lennon would have been quite disgusted with this movie. I turned off after giving it an hour or so.


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