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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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John Lennon ... Self (archive footage)
Stew Albert Stew Albert ... Self
Tariq Ali ... Self
Carl Bernstein ... Self
Robin Blackburn Robin Blackburn ... Self
Chris Charlesworth ... Self
Noam Chomsky ... Self
Walter Cronkite ... Self
Mario Cuomo ... Self
Angela Davis ... Self
John Dean ... Self
Felix Dennis Felix Dennis ... Self
David Fenton David Fenton ... Self
Bob Gruen ... Self
Ron Kovic ... Self
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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. See more »


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Rated PG-13 for some strong language, violent images and drug references | See all certifications »
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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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Features NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt (1970) See more »

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Attica State
Written by John Lennon and Yoko Ono
Performed by John Lennon
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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Just a Simple Summary to those of us who were already paying attention
8 October 2006 | by NJtoTXSee all my reviews

For those of us who followed Lennon and the Beatles through those tumultuous years, this was a simple summary that really didn't break any ground or uncover any new information. The filmmakers were more excited to find a few pieces of lost or mislabeled footage, such as Lennon being given his green card, than to enlighten those of us who were along for the ride all along. But it was good to hear from John again, even to say "flower power didn't work, so what? You do something else." No coverage was given John's activism or lack thereof during his infamous "lost weekend." Yoko's constant presence saw to that.

But I would love for my son and his generation to see it. Much of what is going on today has gone unchallenged, and the return of the J. Edgar Hooverization of America has been obvious to those of us who were awake back then.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 December 2006 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$69,143, 17 September 2006

Gross USA:

$1,109,146

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,408,065
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1.78 : 1
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