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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.


(as Sam Taylor-Wood)


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



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Cast overview, first billed only:
John (as Aaron Johnson)
Marie's Friend
Angela Walsh ...
Richard Syms ...
James Johnson ...
Alex Ambrose ...
Abby Greenhalgh ...
Jackie (aged 6)


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


The Extraordinary Untold Story Of John Lennon. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

15 October 2010 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mi nombre es John Lennon  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£148,157 (UK) (25 December 2009)


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

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Director Sam Taylor-Johnson consulted her friend Sir Paul McCartney about the script. McCartney told that John Lennon didn't really ride on the top of the double-decker bus like he does in the script. He also revealed that the character of Lennon's aunt, Mimi Smith, wasn't as mean and vitriolic like she was written in the script. Furthermore, the song "In Spite of All the Danger" wasn't written as an ode to Lennon's mother as the script suggests. In the end they agreed that it's a film rather than documentary so Taylor-Johnson made inferences that weren't always there. See more »


John Lennon had brown eyes not blue. See more »


Paul McCartney: [Paul strums Banjo softy]
John: What is this?Fucking group practice?I don't think so.
Pete: John it's your mum's!
John: She's fucking dead!
[headbutts pete and storms out]
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Referenced in The Hour: Episode #7.7 (2010) See more »


Love Me Tender
Written by Elvis Presley, Vera Matson
Used by kind permission of Carlin Music Corp.
Performed by Sam Bell
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User Reviews

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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