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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:
Dick Cavett ... Himself
Salvador Dalí ... Himself (archive footage)
Gloria Emerson Gloria Emerson ... Herself - New York Times Reporter (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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Box Office

Gross USA:

$3,753,977
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The producers transferred all available footage and recordings to laser discs, logged each one into a database and used a computer to access cuts and assemble the edit. This was an early version of non-linear editing. See more »

Quotes

John Lennon: I always was a rebel... but on the other hand, I wanted to be loved and accepted by all facets of society and not be this loud-mouthed lunatic, poet, musician. But I cannot be what I'm not.
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Connections

Featured in Lennon Legend: The Very Best of John Lennon (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Happy Xmas (War Is Over)
Written by John Lennon and Yoko Ono (uncredited)
Published by Lenono Music
administered by SBK Blackwood Music 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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