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Nowhere Boy (2009)

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A chronicle of John Lennon's first years, focused mainly in his adolescence and his relationship with his stern aunt Mimi, who raised him, and his absentee mother Julia, who re-entered his life at a crucial moment in his young life.

Director:

Sam Taylor-Johnson (as Sam Taylor-Wood)

Writer:

Matt Greenhalgh (screenplay)
Nominated for 3 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 6 wins & 18 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Aaron Taylor-Johnson ... John (as Aaron Johnson)
Kristin Scott Thomas ... Mimi
David Threlfall ... Uncle George
Josh Bolt ... Pete
Ophelia Lovibond ... Marie
Kerrie Hayes ... Marie's Friend
Angela Walsh Angela Walsh ... Schoolmistress
Paul Ritter ... Popjoy
Richard Syms ... Reverend
Anne-Marie Duff ... Julia
James Johnson James Johnson ... Stan
Alex Ambrose Alex Ambrose ... Young John
Angelica Jopling ... Julia - aged 8
Abby Greenhalgh Abby Greenhalgh ... Jackie - aged 6
David Morrissey ... Bobby
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Storyline

The story of John Lennon's childhood and teenage years from 1944 to 1960, his relationship with his aunt Mimi and his mother Julia -the two dominant women in the first part of his life-, his first meeting with Paul McCartney and George Harrison, their friendship, their love for music and the birth of The Beatles. Written by CynthiaPowell

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As a boy all John Lennon needed was love. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and a scene of sexuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 October 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mi nombre es John Lennon See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£148,157 (United Kingdom), 27 December 2009, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$52,749, 10 October 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,445,366, 5 December 2010
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Thomas Brodie-Sangster had to learn to play guitar left-handed for his role of Paul McCartney. See more »

Goofs

During the funeral of John's mother, Paul plays the guitar, and an angry John physically attacks him. The real Paul McCartney stated that he and John never had an altercation of any kind. See more »

Quotes

John: Why couldn't God make me Elvis?
Julia: 'Cause he was saving you for John Lennon!
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Connections

Featured in Breakfast: Episode dated 3 December 2009 (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

If I Knew You Were Comin' I'd've Baked a Cake
Performed by Gracie Fields
Written by Al Hoffman, Bob Merrill, Clem Watts
Published by EMI Music Publishing Limited/Al Hoffman Songs, Inc./Golden Bell Songs
Licensed courtesy of Decca Music Group Ltd
Under license from Universal Music Operations Ltd
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Liverpool forever
3 April 2010 | by stenssonSee all my reviews

This is about John Lennon's teenage time, when he lived with his aunt Mimi. He has problems at school, encounters teddy boys, starts The Quarrymen and meets Paul and George.

The story is a rhapsody, including Lennon's attempts to recontact his half-crazy mother. There's the triangle Mimi/Mum/John which finally brings an eruption. The heat is really on here and then, Lennon and The Beatles go to Hamburg.

Entertaining certainly, but most credits go to Kristin Scott Thomas, which was to be expected. Kudos to the Liverpool accent, one of many thing Lennon taught us to love.


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