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Imagine: John Lennon (1988)

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A biography of the rock music star.

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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 October 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Imagine See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$3,753,977
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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 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 »

Quotes

John Lennon: All we are saying is give peace a chance.
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Connections

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

Soundtracks

How Do You Sleep?
Written by John Lennon
Published by SBK Blackwood Music Inc.
under license from ATV Music (Maclen)
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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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