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Imagine: John Lennon (1988)

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A biography of the rock music star.

Director:

Andrew Solt

Writers:

Sam Egan, Andrew Solt
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Cast

Credited cast:
John Lennon ... Himself / Narration (archive footage)
Yoko Ono ... Herself
Paul McCartney ... Himself (archive footage)
George Harrison ... Himself (archive footage)
Ringo Starr ... Himself (archive footage)
David Bowie ... Himself
Phil Spector ... Himself (archive footage)
Cynthia Lennon Cynthia Lennon ... Herself - John Lennon's first wife
Julian Lennon ... Himself
Sean Lennon ... Himself
Al Capp Al Capp ... Himself (archive footage)
May Pang May Pang ... Herself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
The Beatles ... Themselves (archive footage)
Dick Cavett ... Himself
Salvador Dalí ... Himself (archive footage)
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Storyline

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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song | scandal | 1980s | 1970s | 1960s | See All (44) »

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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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R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 October 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Imagine See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK

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Gross USA:

$3,753,977
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

George Martin remixed The Beatles songs used in this movie for Dolby six-channel stereo used in theaters. He called the task one of the biggest challenges of his career. See more »

Quotes

[the Beatles' press conference at Kennedy Airport]
Reporter: Why does it excite them so much?
Paul McCartney: [on their music] We don't know, really.
John Lennon: If we did, we'd form another group and be managers.
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Soundtracks

Real Love
Written by John Lennon
Published by Lenono Music
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Another 8th of December.....
8 December 2006 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

..... and I'm still thinking of what we lost twenty -six years ago.When I think of all the great songs that never were...

The film begins with the wistful tuneful "real love" which the three other Beatles reworked on the second volume of the anthologies . It's a pretty good documentary although it does not really do the great artist justice.The most interesting moment is the argument with cartoonist Al Capp -who had already made a satirical comic strip about Joan Baez (Joanie Phonie) and was not probably exactly what people called "liberal" - But there are also interesting scenes during the "imagine" album sessions.

Released at the same time as the obnoxious Goldman's trashy book -which I also read and found disgusting-,"Imagine' is a must for any Lennon fan.But once again,THE film about the working class hero remains to be made.


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