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Nowhere Boy (2009)

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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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Nominated for 3 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 6 wins & 18 nominations. See more awards »

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

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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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As a boy all John Lennon needed was love. See more »


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

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15 October 2010 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mi nombre es John Lennon  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£148,157 (UK) (25 December 2009)

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

In the scene where John looks himself in the mirror after he asked Mimi for his birth certificate it can be seen an actual photo of John Lennon as a youngster right on the fireplace. See more »

Goofs

In the scene after the trip to Blackpool Julia Lennon says that they have spent the day on the South Pier, when in fact the pier featured is the North Pier. See more »

Quotes

John: Why couldn't God make me Elvis?
Julia: 'Cause he was saving you for John Lennon!
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Connections

Featured in Estrenos Críticos: El Castor, NowhereBoy... (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Hard Headed Woman
Written by Claude Demetri (as Claude De Metrius)
Published (c) Gladys Music
Used by kind permission of Carlin Music Corp
Performed by Wanda Jackson
Licensed courtesy of EMI Records Ltd
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The Boy Done Good!
30 December 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This biopic of John Lennon, taking his story from his schooldays in Liverpool up until the departure of the nascent Beatles for Hamburg, is an exceptional movie, quite the best I have seen during 2009. The story is beautifully handled from beginning to end and the acting from the three main leads is superb. Aaron Johnson manages to portray Lennon's mixture of cockiness (in more ways than one!), aggression, painful vulnerability, bewilderment and sheer adolescent verve with great sureness of touch. We watch Lennon developing from school-kid into knowing young man, and we literally see a different face at the end of the movie to the one we did at the start. Superb playing by Johnson, brilliantly assisted by that of Kristin Scott Thomas as his Aunt Mimi and Anne-Marie Duff as his mother, Julia. It would have been all too easy to lapse into cliché with this story but this is largely avoided. We get glimpses of Liverpool - an opening on the steps of St George's Hall, a fleeting glimpse of Strawberry Fields, a shot of a ferry on the Mersey - but these glimpses are all we need. And the movie closes not with a rendition of an all too predictable 'Nowhere Man' but a beautifully performed 'In Spite of All the Danger'. They say it's a long way to the top if you wanna rock n' roll; in Nowhere Boy we can see where it, and we, all began.


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