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The U.S. vs. John Lennon (2006)

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A documentary on the life of John Lennon, with a focus on the time in his life when he transformed from a musician into an antiwar activist.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Lennon ... Himself (archive footage)
Stew Albert Stew Albert ... Himself
Tariq Ali ... Himself
Carl Bernstein ... Himself
Robin Blackburn Robin Blackburn ... Himself
Chris Charlesworth Chris Charlesworth ... Himself
Noam Chomsky ... Himself
Walter Cronkite ... Himself
Mario Cuomo ... Himself
Angela Davis ... Herself
John Dean ... Himself
Felix Dennis Felix Dennis ... Himself
David Fenton David Fenton ... Himself
Bob Gruen ... Himself
Ron Kovic ... Himself
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After background about the childhood and youth of John Lennon (1940-1980) and the birth of Vietnam-War protests, the film plunges into Lennon's quest for world peace: compositions such as "Give Peace a Chance", the lie-in following his marriage to Yoko Ono, appearances at concerts, "War Is Over" posters, and plans for a series of concerts in 1972 in U.S. presidential primary states reach newly-enfranchised young voters. This plan for concerts, in particular, led a prominent Senator, the FBI's J. Edgar Hoover, and Nixon's White House to initiate a concerted and illegal effort to deport Lennon. Thirty talking heads, led by Yoko, comment on Lennon and these events. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Musician. Humanitarian. National Threat.


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Rated PG-13 for some strong language, violent images and drug references | See all certifications »
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USA

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English

Release Date:

7 December 2006 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Akte USA vs. John Lennon See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$69,143, 17 September 2006, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,102,937, 24 November 2006
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1.78 : 1
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Gore Vidal: John Lennon was a born enemy of those who control the United States, which I always say was admirable. Lennon came to represent life, while Mr. Nixon... and Mr. Bush... represent death.
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Connections

Features NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt (1970) See more »

Soundtracks

Oh Yoko!
Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney
Performed by The Beatles
Courtesy of Apple Corps Limited and Capitol Records
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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21 October 2006 | by leilapostgradSee all my reviews

Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it. If "The U.S. vs. John Lennon" is anything, it's an examination of the similarities between the Nixon Administration and the national debacle that was the Vietnam War, compared to the current Bush Administration and the national debacle that is the Iraq War. The difference, of course, is that Nixon had John and Yoko Lennon to contend with. Who do we have to lead our protests and write our anthems? Michael Moore? Not good enough.

When Lennon moved to New York City in 1970, the Nixon Administration was terrified that he had the power to organize the anti-war protesters and affect the outcome of elections (particularly Nixon's 1972 run for re-election). Lennon was wiretapped and followed by the FBI (which was being used at that time to "quell decent"). The Immigration and Naturalization Service tried for five years to deport him, but he got a lawyer and fought back, and in 1976, on his birthday, on his son Sean's birthday, he learned that he and Yoko had won their case, and they could stay.

"The U.S. vs. John Lennon" makes you want to take a stand, organize a protest, demand peace, and stick it to the man!


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