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Nowhere Boy -- Liverpool, 1955: a smart and troubled fifteen-year-old John Lennon is hungry for experience. In a family full of secrets and tragedy, two incredible women clash over John, who escapes into the new and exciting world of rock 'n' roll, where he finds his voice - and an icon explodes into the world.
Nowhere Boy -- A chronicle of the early life of John Lennon (Johnson) in 1950s Liverpool, from his relationship with his aunt Mimi (Scott Thomas) and estranged mother (Duff), to the foundation of The Quarrymen.
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Nowhere Boy -- A chronicle of the early life of John Lennon (Johnson) in 1950s Liverpool, from his relationship with his aunt Mimi (Scott Thomas) and estranged mother (Duff), to the foundation of The Quarrymen.


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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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Aaron Taylor-Johnson ... John (as Aaron Johnson)

Kristin Scott Thomas ... Mimi

David Threlfall ... Uncle George

Josh Bolt ... Pete Shotton

Ophelia Lovibond ... Marie

Kerrie Hayes ... Marie's Friend
Angela Walsh ... Schoolmistress

Paul Ritter ... Popjoy
Richard Syms ... Reverend

Anne-Marie Duff ... Julia
James Johnson ... Stan
Alex Ambrose ... Young John

Angelica Jopling ... Julia - Aged 8
Abby Greenhalgh ... Jackie (aged 6)

David Morrissey ... Bobby
Richard Tate ... Teacher
Chris Coghill ... Cunard Yank (as Christopher Coghill)

Ben Smith ... Boy with Knife

Andrew Buchan ... Fishwick
Baillie Walsh ... Postman
Simon Lowe ... Guitar Shop Guy
Frazer Bird ... Len
James Jack Bentham ... Rod

Jack McElhone ... Eric
Daniel Ross ... Nigel
Sam Wilmott ... Colin Hanton
John Collins ... Ivan

Thomas Brodie-Sangster ... Paul (as Thomas Brodie Sangster)
Sam Bell ... George
Colin Tierney ... Alf
Nigel Travis ... Cavern Bouncer

Lizzie Hopley ... Café Waitress
Dan Armour ... Percy Phillips
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Riccardo Bacigalupo ... Teen at Fair (uncredited)

Neil Broome ... Golfer (uncredited)

Les Loveday ... Teddy in Gang (uncredited)
Charlotte Amelia Miles ... Girl at Fair (uncredited)
Sarah Molkenthin ... Teen (uncredited)
Abbie Murison ... Diane (uncredited)

Cathleen O'Malley ... Girl at the Fair (uncredited)
John Patten ... Bouncer (uncredited)

Adele Heather Taylor ... Party guest (uncredited)

Directed by
Sam Taylor-Johnson  (as Sam Taylor-Wood)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Julia Baird  memoir (uncredited)
Matt Greenhalgh  screenplay

Produced by
Robert Bernstein .... producer
Matt Delargy .... co-producer
Jon Diamond .... executive producer
Tim Haslam .... executive producer
Kevin Loader .... producer
Jaynie Miller .... associate producer: Bus Stop Films
Christopher Moll .... executive producer
Douglas Rae .... producer
Paul Ritchie .... co-producer
Tessa Ross .... executive producer
James Saynor .... co-producer
Rhodri Thomas .... co-executive producer
Bob Weinstein .... co-executive producer
Harvey Weinstein .... co-executive producer
Mark Woolley .... executive producer
Original Music by
Alison Goldfrapp  (as Alison Goldfrap)
Will Gregory 
Cinematography by
Seamus McGarvey (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Lisa Gunning 
Casting by
Nina Gold 
Production Design by
Alice Normington 
Art Direction by
Charmian Adams 
Set Decoration by
Barbara Herman-Skelding  (as Barb Herman-Skelding)
Costume Design by
Julian Day 
Makeup Department
Heather Manson .... makeup trainee
Paul Mooney .... hairdresser
Lesley Smith .... hair stylist
Lesley Smith .... makeup artist
Jeremy Woodhead .... hair designer
Jeremy Woodhead .... makeup designer
Paul Boyce .... crowd makeup artist (uncredited)
Sidony Etherton .... daily makeup trainee (uncredited)
Production Management
Lisa Jordan .... senior post-production producer: LipSync Post
Fiona Morham .... head of production: UK Film Council
Marc Price .... unit manager
Louise Seymour .... post-production supervisor
Mark Walledge .... unit manager
Jennifer Wynne .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mark Hopkins .... second assistant director
Bryn Lawrence .... second assistant director: crowd
Alex Oakley .... first assistant director (as Alexander Oakley)
Laura Windebank .... third assistant director
Chris Cavanagh .... additional crowd assistant director (uncredited)
Erin Lander .... crowd third assistant director: dailies (uncredited)
Terry McShane .... crowd third assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Paul Bale .... painter
Tim Blake .... graphic designer
Tim Blake .... stand-by art director
Chris Brough .... carpenter
Rob Brown .... construction manager
Jenni Canwell .... art department trainee
James Collins .... assistant art director
Lisa Collins .... standby painter
Cavin Dempsey .... carpenter
Kimberley Fahey .... production buyer (as Kim Fahey)
Mark Geeson .... dressing props
David Haynes .... supervising painter (as Dave Haynes)
John Haynes .... painter
Tom Higgins .... standby carpenter
Gavin Hosler .... carpenter
Josh Jones .... standby carpenter
Richard Magennis .... stand-by props
Steve Marquiss .... painter
Garry Marriott .... construction medic (as Gary Marriott)
Jonny Meakin .... storyboard artist
Colin Mutch .... property master
Tony O'Hara .... construction manager
Eddie O'Neil .... stagehand
Dominic Pike .... construction manager
Mark Reynolds .... dressing props
Neil Robertson .... stagehand
Mary Pat Sheahan .... standby painter (as Mary-Pat Sheahan)
Peter Taylor .... carpenter
Anna Thomas .... art department assistant
Leigh Thurbon .... construction supervisor
Bradley Torbett .... chargehand standby props
Louis Turner .... set dresser
Stuart Watson .... construction manager
Chris White .... carpenter
Philip Clark .... picture researcher (uncredited)
Andrew Laybats .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Stephen McGregor .... carpenter (uncredited)
George Morris .... prop vehicles (uncredited)
Fabrice Spelta .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Phillip Barrett .... foley mixer: Universal Sound (as Phill Barrett)
Simon Bysshe .... boom operator
Simon Chase .... supervising sound editor
Paul Cotterell .... sound re-recording mixer
Paul Hanks .... foley artist: Universal Sound
James Harrison .... additional sound re-recording mixer
James Harrison .... sound effects editor
Eddy Joseph .... sound consultant: Soundelux
Dash Mason-Malik .... sound trainee: FT2
John Midgley .... sound mixer
Kevin Penney .... foley editor: Soundelux
Ben Tat .... assistant sound re-recording mixer: LipSync Post
George Trevis .... sound maintenance
Martin Trevis .... sound mixer
Simon Trundle .... foley mixer: Universal Sound
Ian Waggott .... foley artist: Universal Sound
Richard Fordham .... dialogue editor (uncredited)
Martin Seeley .... playback operator (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Chris Bentley .... digital lab operator: LipSync Post
Alberto Buron .... digital lab operator: LipSync Post
Luke Butler .... digital compositor: LipSync Post
Stefan Drury .... head of visual effects: LipSync Post
Laura Dubsky .... digital compositor: LipSync Post
Matt Foster .... digital compositor: LipSync Post
Yanni Goudetsidis .... systems engineer: LipSync Post
Stephanie C. Kelly .... digital compositor: LipSync Post (as Stephanie Kelly)
Philippe Ludivig .... digital compositor: LipSync Post
John O'Lone .... digital compositor: LipSync Post
Angela Stanley .... visual effects supervisor: LipSync Post (as Angela Rose)
Jon Stanley .... senior systems engineer: LipSync Post
Daniel Tomlinson .... senior digital lab operator: LipSync Post
Samantha Tracey .... visual effects producer: LipSync Post
Rick White .... technical support: LipSync Post
Blake Winder .... digital compositor: LipSync Post
Andy Bennett .... stunt coordinator
Rob Cooper .... stunt performer
Adam Kirley .... stunt performer
Belinda McGinley .... stunt performer
David Reed .... stunt rigger
Gordon Seed .... stunt performer
Rob Cooper .... stunt double: Aaron Johnson (uncredited)
Dave Judge .... stunt rigger (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Graham Baker .... h.o.d. rigger
Peter Batten .... camera operator: "b" camera (as Pete Batten)
Harry Bowers .... focus puller: "b" camera
Barny Crocker .... clapper loader: "b" camera
Liam Daniel .... still photographer
Carlos De Carvalho .... focus puller: "b" camera
Chris Dodds .... clapper loader: "b" camera
William Federick Milman .... camera trainee: FT2 (as William Millman)
William Federick Milman .... camera trainee: Ft2 (as William Millman)
Kate Filby .... clapper loader: "b" camera (as Katherine Filby)
Peter Harris .... electrician
Chris Hayden .... camera trainee: "a" camera
Rawdon Hayne .... focus puller: "b" camera
Alex Howe .... first assistant camera: "c" camera
Jon Hurley .... clapper loader: "b" camera
Gary Hutchings .... key grip
Dylan Jones .... video assist operator
Alison Lai .... clapper loader: "b" camera
Dash Lilley .... video assist operator
Adrian Mackay .... electrician
Iain Mackay .... clapper loader: "b" camera
David Mackie .... clapper loader
David Maund .... key grip (as Dave Maund)
Mark Milsome .... camera operator: "b" camera
Simon Muir .... grip trainee
Jennie Paddon .... first assistant camera: a camera
Terence Roberts .... electrician
Peter Robertson .... camera operator
Peter Robertson .... steadicam operator
Paul Sharp .... best boy
Ian Stowe .... balloon light technician
Olly Tellett .... focus puller: "b" camera (as Olly Tellet)
Axel Ulrich .... focus puller: "b" camera
Adam Walker .... electrician
Lee Walters .... gaffer
Dan West .... camera trainee (as Daniel West)
Laurence Wright .... camera trainee: "b" camera
Ian Speed .... libra technician (uncredited)
Marc Woodcock .... lighting technician (uncredited)
Casting Department
Vanessa Baker .... adr voice casting
Kharmel Cochrane .... casting assistant
Robert Sterne .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Charles Adesanya .... wardrobe trainee: UK Film Council
Shahida Day .... assistant costume designer (as Shaida Day)
Jenny Jarvis .... costume daily
Jane Marcantonio .... wardrobe supervisor
Anna Reynolds .... wardrobe trainee
Laura Smith .... stand-by wardrobe
Editorial Department
Simon J. Brooks .... editing trainee: FT2 (as Simon Brooks)
Billy A. Campbell .... additional first assistant editor (as Billy Campbell)
James Clarke .... digital intermediate supervisor
Eve Doherty .... editing trainee: FT2
Stuart Fyvie .... digital intermediate colorist
Scott Goulding .... digital intermediate assistant colorist
Stephen Haren .... first assistant editor (as Steve Haren)
Lisa Jordan .... Senior Post Producer: Lipsync Post
Mark Keady .... assistant editor
Rachael Watmough .... dailies coordinator (uncredited)
Music Department
Sam Bell .... musician: vocals & guitar
Peter Clarke .... music editor
Sean Collins .... assistant engineer
Andrea Contino .... assistant engineer
Andrew Dudman .... score recording engineer (as Andy Dudman)
Will Fry .... musician: washboard
John Gosling .... composer: additional incidental music
John Gosling .... musical director
Isobel Griffiths .... orchestra contractor
Stephen Hood .... musician: guitar
Mathew Lane .... music/audio restoration
Ben Lee .... composer: additional incidental music
Catherine Marks .... assistant engineer
Patrick Murdoch .... musician: guitar & banjo
Ian Neil .... music supervisor
Ben Parker .... composer: additional incidental music
Ben Parker .... music arranger: vocal and instrumental
Ben Parker .... music producer
Ben Parker .... music tutor: vocal and instrunental
Ben Parker .... musician: guitar, banjo & vocals
Emre Ramazanoglu .... composer: additional incidental music
Emre Ramazanoglu .... music producer
Emre Ramazanoglu .... musician: drums
Emre Ramazanoglu .... recording producer
Simon Rogers .... musician: guitar
Jimmy Sims .... musician: tea chest, bass & guitar
Sam Swallow .... musician: piano & vocals
Aaron Taylor-Johnson .... musician: vocals & guitar (as Aaron Johnson)
Bruce White .... viola
Nat Woodcock .... musician: piano
John Barrett .... assistant score mixing engineer (uncredited)
John Barrett .... assistant scoring engineer (uncredited)
Andrew Dudman .... score mixing engineer (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Alan Bristow .... unit driver
Symon Butcher .... unit driver
Dave Carter .... driver: facilities
Terry Collins .... unit driver: David Morrissey
Steve Cooke .... unit driver: Kristin Scott Thomas
Jimmy Coutts .... driver: facilities
Devis Damonte .... runner driver
Dave Fisher .... driver: facilities
Martin Foard .... driver: facilities (as Martyn Foard)
Tathyana Genova .... driver: facilities (as Tatyana Genova)
David Grose .... unit driver
Alex Jeffrey .... runner driver
Brian Kelly .... unit driver
James Ott .... driver: facilities
Ben Quirk .... runner driver
Peter Soteriou .... unit driver
Joss Spry .... runner driver
Other crew
Carolyn Allen .... tutor
Aaron Anderson .... creative coordinator: UK Film Council
Oana Anghel .... title designer: LipSync Post (as Oana Eisel)
Jamie Atkins .... assistant chef
Nick Atkinson .... creative coordinator: UK Film Council
Kate Bailey .... assistant chef
Matthew Baker .... representative: HanWay Films
Natalie Bass .... legal services: Lee and Thompson, Northwest Vision and Media
Kevin Bell .... film office: Liverpool, Northwest Vision and Media
Mona Benjamin .... production coordinator
Helen Bingham .... accounts assistant
Elizabeth Brizzell .... accounts assistant
Dexter Bryant .... floor runner
Daniel Budd .... first assistant accountant (as Dan Budd)
Katherine Butler .... head of development: Film4
Sally Caplan .... head of premiere fund: UK Film Council
Rosalie Carew .... script researcher
Karen Carr .... tutor
Jon Carter .... unit medic
Les Child .... choreographer
Ross Clarke .... epk: director
Tonia Cohen .... negative checks and script: Capello Media Solutions
William Conacher .... dialogue coach
Tara B. Cook .... head of film: Northwest Vision and Media (as Tara Cook)
Sara Curran .... production legal services
Maxine Davis .... accountant: post-production
Christian De-vos .... head of security
Peter Dickinson .... title designer: LipSync Post
Harry Dixon .... head of business affairs: Film4
Amanda Dudley .... floor runner
Jeanine East .... financial controller: Ecosse Films
Gareth Edwards .... floor runner
Will Evans .... head of business affairs: UK Film Council
Sarah Fahy .... insurance broker: Totally Entertainment
Sophie Falkner .... office manager: Ecosse Films
Elton Farla .... unit medic
Anna Green-Armytage .... assistant: Robert Bernstein and Douglas Rae
Julia Hall .... title designer: LipSync Post
Peter Hampden .... representative: Lip Sync Productions
Vince Holden .... head of production finance: UK Film Council
Andrew Holt .... location scout
Andy Holt .... location manager
Steve Jarvis .... assistant chef
Tracey Josephs .... head of production: Film4
Sarah Kenyon .... floor runner
Sheerin Khosrowshahi-Miandoab .... production trainee: FT2
David King-Taylor .... health and safety officer (as David King Taylor)
Clyde Lane .... chef
John Lane .... assistant chef
Tracey Larcombe .... epk: producer
Susanna Lenton .... script supervisor
Cathy Lorimer .... floor runner
Jonathan Lynch-Staunton .... representative: HanWay Films
Richard Mansell .... representative: HanWay Films
Charles McDonald .... unit publicist
Josey McNamara .... floor runner
John Miles .... production accountant
Sofia Neves .... representative: HanWay Films
Dave Nicholas .... unit medic
Clive Noakes .... laboratory contact
Erika Zeckser Owen .... script supervisor trainee: FT2
Terry Paskins .... assistant chef
Kerry Patten .... production assistant
Zelda Perkins .... assistant: Sam Taylor-Wood
Michelle Pianca .... assistant location manager
David Quli .... legal advisor: Aver Media, Wiggin
Richard Rogan .... production trainee: FT2
Lynn Saunders .... film office: Liverpool, Northwest Vision and Media
Thorsten Schumacher .... representative: HanWay Films
Anne Shanley .... health and safety officer
Ben Spicer .... assistant: Sam Taylor-Wood
Jan Spielhoff .... representative: HanWay Films
Emma Stanyer .... head of legal: Ecosse Films
Nicola Stean .... assistant development producer: Ecosse Films
Kelly Taylor-Dias .... assistant production coordinator
Evertyman Theatre Liverpool .... adr voices: teenage crowd
Derek Townshend .... insurance broker: Totally Entertainment
Howard Watkins .... title designer: LipSync Post
Chris Webb .... location manager
Jason Wheeler .... location manager
Lisa Williams .... assistant: Kevin Loader
Charles Wilson .... plant hire
Thomas Woods .... assistant location manager (as Tom Woods)
Garry Marriott .... medic: second unit (uncredited)
Helen Varty .... assistant: Tessa Ross (uncredited)
Anna Wilton .... production assistant (uncredited)
Anthony Minghella .... dedicatee
Yoko Ono .... thanks
Susanna White .... thanks

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Rated R for language and a scene of sexuality
98 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Australia:M | Brazil:14 | Canada:14A (Alberta/Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:PG (British Columbia) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-11 | Ireland:15A | Japan:R15+ | Malaysia:18 | Netherlands:9 | New Zealand:M | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:NC-16 | South Korea:15 | Sweden:7 | Switzerland:12 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:12 (canton of Vaud) | UK:15 | USA:R (certificate #45958)

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Title of the film is a reference to a famous Beatles' song "Nowhere Man"See more »
Continuity: When offering a cheek to kiss on John and Julia's first outing she offers her left cheek when the camera is behind John but when the camera switches to a side view she is offering her right.See more »
John:Want a beer?
Paul McCartney:I'd love a tea.
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54 out of 66 people found the following review useful.
Knows not where he's going to, 21 January 2010
Author: James Hitchcock from Tunbridge Wells, England

Period drama has long been a forte of the British cinema; prior to this one there had already been at least three excellent examples from 2009; "Young Victoria", "Dorian Grey" and "An Education". Traditional British costume drama has concentrated on the Victorian era and early twentieth century (roughly speaking 1837-1945), but Nowhere Boy, like "An Education", is set at a rather later period, in this case the late fifties.

The film is about the adolescence of John Lennon, while he was at school and art college in Liverpool. Unlike his three fellow Beatles, who were all from working-class backgrounds, Lennon grew up in middle-class suburbia with his Aunt Mimi and Uncle George, who had raised him since he was five. He was the son of Mimi's younger sister Julia by her husband Alf Lennon (referred to in the film as "Fred"), but the marriage was not a success, and after Julia began a relationship with another man, Mimi took care of the youngster, then five years old. Julia did not reappear in Lennon's life until his teenage years when a cousin informed him that, contrary to what he had previously thought, she was still living in Liverpool, only a short walk from his home.

The film focuses on the influence these two very different women had on Lennon's early life. Although they were sisters, they had wildly contrasting personalities. Julia was a bohemian extrovert, liberal in her social views and keen to foster her son's musical and artistic talents. Mimi (actually christened Mary Elizabeth) may have shared a nickname with the heroine of "La Boheme", but there was nothing bohemian about her. She was a strict disciplinarian who initially had little sympathy with John's musical aspirations and insisted that he get a "proper job", although eventually she gave in and agreed to buy him a guitar.

The film also charts Lennon's musical development, including his first meetings with Paul McCartney and George Harrison (Ringo, of course, did not come onto the scene until a few years later) and the birth of The Quarrymen, the band which was later to become The Beatles. There is a vivid picture of the British music scene in the late fifties, a time when trad jazz and rock-and-roll seemed to be competing to become the music of the future. There was also a curious British musical form, skiffle (actually a revival of an earlier American variety of jazz) which was influential at the time; The Quarrymen started out as a skiffle band.

The film also captures the look of the period; although the late fifties were a time of increasing material prosperity, there was much about British life which had a drab feel about it, especially the clothes and the interior decoration schemes. There is a contrast brought out between Mimi's house, decorated in various shades of brown and cream, and the brighter colours of Julia's which look forward to the more garish tastes that were to predominate in the sixties. (I remember growing up in a house where the living-room combined dark green wallpaper with a bright orange carpet- hideous today, but unexceptional at the time).

It was not so long ago that Kristin Scott Thomas was playing romantic heroines in films like "The English Patient"; today, casting directors seem to see her as a middle-aged battleaxe in roles like Veronica Whittaker in "Easy Virtue". Aunt Mimi at first seems like the bourgeois equivalent of the aristocratic Veronica, although she later shows that there is a gentler, more caring, side to her nature. (If Veronica Whittaker ever had a gentler side she kept it well-hidden, even from herself). Scott Thomas is even better here than she was in "Easy Virtue", because the role she is playing is more complex. Anne-Marie Duff is also very good as Julia and Aaron Johnson as Lennon seems like a young star in the making. Johnson is perhaps rather more handsome than Lennon was in real life, but he is able to convey a real sense of what he must have been like, in part a rebellious tearaway whose idea of fun is going for a ride on the roof of a bus, part emotionally vulnerable youngster torn between loyalty to his carefree, fun-loving mother and to his aunt, the woman who had cared for him since he was very young. The title "Nowhere Boy" is not just a play on the title of one of Lennon's best-known songs; it is also indicative of John's state of mind as he tries to reconcile these two influences on his life. Like his "Nowhere Man", he "Knows not where he's going to".

The film's main appeal will probably be to those with an interest in The Beatles, although in my view it can also be seen as a moving coming-of-age drama which can be enjoyed by those who can't tell Lennon and McCartney from Rodgers and Hammerstein or from Gilbert and Sullivan. It contains not only some great music but also some great acting. This was director Sam Taylor-Wood's first feature film but it is a debut of which she (that's Sam as in Samantha, not as in Samuel) can be proud. 8/10

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