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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The story of John Lennon's (Aaron Taylor-Johnson's) childhood and teenage years from 1944 to 1960, his relationship with his Aunt Mimi (Dame Kristin Scott Thomas) and his mother Julia (Anne-Marie Duff) - the two dominant women in the first part of his life; his first meeting with Sir Paul McCartney (Thomas Brodie-Sangster) and George Harrison (Sam Bell), their friendship, their love for music, and the birth of The Beatles. Written by CynthiaPowell

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The Extraordinary Untold Story Of John Lennon. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

"Maggie Mae" is the only true Beatles song within this movie. It was featured on the album "Let It Be" in 1970. However, it fits in the timeline of the movie (1955-1962) because it was originally an English folk song. See more »

Goofs

When John leaves Julia's house he's wearing an open-necked shirt. When walking along through the park he's wearing a tie, arriving at Mimi's gate he's tieless again. See more »

Quotes

John: I want to start a Rock'n Roll band. I want to be like Elvis.
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Connections

References A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) See more »

Soundtracks

My Son John
Written by Sammy Fain, Carolyn Leigh
Used by kind permission of Moncur Street Music Ltd
Performed by David Whitfield
Courtesy of Decca Music Group Ltd
Under license from Universal Music Operations Ltd
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John Lennon as a young poetic rebel
9 July 2011 | by twilliams76See all my reviews

I guess this would be considered an "a moment-in-the-life-of-biopic" as it focuses on only a couple of years of pre-Beatles John Lennon's life in Liverpool, England (and not his entire life). It is an interesting story and one I did not know. It asks and answers the question: Where did Lennon get his start and love for music?

The film's subject matter -- the early life of John Lennon -- made Nowhere Boy an interesting story and sell for me; and since the acting in the movie happened to be stellar -- it was a bonus. Aaron Johnson (Kick-Ass) does a decent job as the 15-year-old Lennon and proves to be one to watch as he's going to have a long career although the real acting "glory" of the film belongs to the two lead females who are left to battle it out as Lennon's motherly figure(s). Kristin Scott Thomas (Four Weddings and a Funeral, The English Patient) plays his aunt who has raised John from early infant-hood as her sister was considered to be an unlikely parent/guardian. In the film, John stumbles upon his birth mother out of curiosity and becomes intrigued with her demeanor. Actress Anne-Marie Duff (Notes on a Scandal, The Last Station) is rather revelatory here (BOTH her and Scott Thomas deservingly earned 2010 BAFTA nominations for these very roles).

The story is sentimental and tragic and it is tied together quite nicely by the three lead players who all play off of each other very well and convincingly (Duff is flighty, Scott Thomas is concerned and Johnson is a free soul). The young Lennon becomes a mixture of the two women (a poetic rebel) and their influences are highly evident in the film and his later music.

Any Beatles fan should check this one out. It isn't full of Hey Jude's and Elinor Rigby's but this is Pre-Beatles (we do meet a young Paul) so we get a taste of the kid before he become our "Nowhere Boy".


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Country:

UK | Canada

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

25 December 2009 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Nowhere Boy See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$52,749, 10 October 2010

Gross USA:

$1,457,248

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,577,779
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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