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A surreal, half-fiction, half real life footage of a day in the life of John lennon and Yoko Ono, composed to music from John's historic 'Imagine' album and Yoko's 'Fly'.


John Lennon, Yoko Ono


John Lennon (by), Yoko Ono (by)


Cast overview:
John Lennon ... Self
Yoko Ono ... Self
Fred Astaire ... Self
Dick Cavett ... Self
George Harrison ... Self
Jonas Mekas ... Self
Jack Palance ... Self
Desire de Freitas Desire de Freitas ... Self
Setsuko Ono Setsuko Ono ... Self
Daniel Richter ... Self (as Dan Richter)
Diana Robertson ... Self
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Although the "Imagine" music video has shown up in many places since, the other videos in this film have rarely been seen outside of this film although the footage from them has usually been made up to be other Lennon videos in compilations such as Lennon Legend. See more »

Alternate Versions

The current video version is actually a shortened version of the original feature length film. Here are the changes:
  • Mind Train has been completely edited out.
  • Yoko's Whisper Piece, which originally came after Mind Train, has been deleted.
  • Midsummer New York has been cut out.
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Edited into John Lennon: Jealous Guy - Version 4 (2003) See more »

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Some time in Ascot
10 December 2005 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

You might be disappointed if you think you will learn a lot about the "Imagine" album recording while watching this flick.It's experimental,as most of Lennon's and Ono's shorts were (remember:"self-portrait" "erection" "fly")."Imagine" is more of the same.All the tracks of the famous album (performed as on the record) provide the soundtrack ,with a "bonus" of two Ono songs ,including her lovely" Mrs Lennon" (which was obviously influenced by her husband's style).

What about the plot?There is none.What are they talking about? They do not speak ,except for the last minutes when they utter two words ,you know what I mean (see "the Wedding album").They wander aimlessly along their desirable property,go boating on the river,John does his number two,he plays chess with his wife -the sequence is a bit scary ,and a Yoko experimental cut makes your hair stand on end-.And while the notorious "how do you sleep?" is heard ,you can see grimacing masks on the walls :what do you suppose THAT means?Cameos by George Harrison,Fred Astaire and Jack Palance.No MacCartney is not among the special guests ,not even in the ominous "how do you sleep?" sequence.

Filmed during the last year of the Lennons in England.Actually,the most important is not in the movie:the legend only matters ,this legend which turned "imagine "the song into what should be the worldwide anthem to replace all our obsolete fusty national anthems.

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23 December 1972 (USA) See more »

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