A biography of the rock music star.


Andrew Solt


Sam Egan, Andrew Solt





Credited cast:
John Lennon ... Self / Narration (archive footage)
Yoko Ono ... Self
Paul McCartney ... Self (archive footage)
George Harrison ... Self (archive footage)
Ringo Starr ... Self (archive footage)
David Bowie ... Self
Phil Spector ... Self (archive footage)
Cynthia Lennon ... Self - John Lennon's first wife
Julian Lennon ... Self
Sean Lennon ... Self
Al Capp ... Self (archive footage)
May Pang May Pang ... Self
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Neil Aspinall ... Self (archive footage)
Fred Astaire ... Self (archive footage)
The Beatles ... Themselves (archive footage)


This "biography" evolves around the nearly 240 hours of film and videotape fortuitously taken by Lennon of his life. The archive footage is transformed into a fascinating life story of one of the most complex and fascinating men of the modern music era. This effort includes a 36 song soundtrack. Includes some very personal and insightful footage, never before made available to the public. Written by Todd Tidyman

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Discover John...the angry youth, the musician, the radical, the husband, the father, the lover, the idealist...through his own words and personal collection of film and music.


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The movie's soundtrack album was the first to combine songs John Lennon performed with The Beatles with his solo work. It also marked the first appearance, in demo form, of his song "Real Love", which the surviving Beatles used as the basis for a new single for the "Beatles Anthology" series. See more »


John Lennon: I don't believe in magic. I don't believe in Jesus. I don't believe in Kennedy. I don't believe in Elvis. I don't believe in Zimmerman. I don't believe in Beatles. I just believe in me.
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Be Bop a Lula
Written by Gene Vincent and Tex Davis (as Sheriff Tex Davis)
Published by Lowery Music Co., Inc.
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An insightful look at the life of a complex entertainer.
14 June 2000 | by michaelRokeefeSee all my reviews

This is a well done Andrew Solt documentary made up with some wonderful never-before-seen home movies. The late musician's own narration makes for an eerie portrait of the former Beatle. You will see John Lennon as being witty, sarcastic, determined and loyal; but also childish, bawdy, and irreverent. This multi-talented musician will be loved and remembered for generations to come. Over 30 songs make up the soundtrack. Very worthwhile and musically historic.

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Release Date:

7 October 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Imagine: John Lennon See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,412,213, 10 October 1988

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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1.85 : 1
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