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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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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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Writer:
Matt Greenhalgh (screenplay)
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Release Date:
25 December 2009 (Ireland) See more »
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Tagline:
The Extraordinary Untold Story Of John Lennon. See more »
Plot:
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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Nominated for 3 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 5 wins & 18 nominations See more »
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Goodbye, Goodbye See more (72 total) »

Cast

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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)
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
 
Stunts
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 .... focus puller
Terence Roberts .... electrician
Peter Robertson .... camera operator
Peter Robertson .... steadicam operator
Paul Sharp .... best boy
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)
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)
 
Thanks
Anthony Minghella .... dedicatee
Yoko Ono .... thanks
Susanna White .... thanks
 

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MPAA:
Rated R for language and a scene of sexuality
Runtime:
98 min
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Certification:
Australia:M | 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)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Although the film is about John Lennon, best known for being the founding member of The Beatles, the film doesn't mention the bands name throughout the whole film.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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:Why couldn't God make me Elvis?
Julia:'Cause he was saving you for John Lennon!
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Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Blue MoonSee more »

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15 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Goodbye, Goodbye, 24 October 2010
Author: jonnyhavey from United States

Nowhere Boy is a film based the biography, Imagine This: Growing Up With My Brother John Lennon," written by his half sister Julia Baird. It tells the untold story of the late teenage years of one of the greatest musicians of all time, John Lennon and the strong influences his mother Julia Lennon (Anne-Marie Duff) and his aunt Mimi Smith (Kristin Scott Thomas) who created the foundation for his future as a person and the indelible mark he was about to leave on music forever. The film has created quite a racket throughout the UK since its release in December 2009 capturing four well deserved British Academy Film Award nominations including; Outstanding British Film, Best Supporting Actress Anne-Marie Duff and Kristen Scott Thomas and Outstanding Director Debut Sam Taylor Wood. These awards are the fire that the film is running off of for its debut in the United States this month.

Aaron Johnsons does a very good interpretation of his character John Lennon and reveals the mischievous antics of the teen aged John Lennon and the constant internal battle Lennon fought inside of himself to find out who he was. He is guided by the outstanding performances of Duff and Thomas as his guardians through his very rough childhood. Duff leads the cast with the best performance in the entire film by seamlessly embodying the character of John Lennon's mother Julia and has an American Oscar Nomination waiting for her in the upcoming months. These performances combined with the unique storytelling style of Director Wood and writer Matthew Greenhalgh with the help of Julia Baird's memoirs have created a film that is very different than a lot of films that focus on the lives of renown figures in history. They do this by focusing a narrow period of time allowing them to delve deep into the plot and story development giving the audience time to take in the entirety of the story, instead of stretching the film over a twenty plus year period of time.

The integrity that Wood and Greenhlgh produce with this style of filming allows the acting performances to flourish and creates the lost persona of the John Lennon, to be fully exemplified. I recommend seeing it now in order to be apart of the audience taken on the journey of Nowhere Boy. This journey of the "Nowhere Boy" himself is embodied by the lyric of the following song Mother from his debut solo album John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band, "Mother, you had me but I never had you. I wanted you, you didn't want me. So I just got to tell you goodbye, goodbye..."

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