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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 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 (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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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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Trivia

Sir Paul McCartney caught a screening of this movie and commented on his depiction in it. Referring to a scene in which John Lennon punches him, McCartney stated that such a fight never actually happened, "but my character is kind of cool in the film so I don't mind being punched out. I told the film director Sam (Taylor-Johnson) all of that but she said, 'Yeah, but Paul, it's just a film.'" See more »

Goofs

After John buys the 45rpm of I Put a Spell On You, he meets up with Marie and tosses the record to his mate and goes off with Marie, ending up at one or the other's flat, where they then play the record he had just given to his mate. See more »

Quotes

John: Want a beer?
Paul McCartney: I'd love a tea.
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Connections

References Rebel Without a Cause (1955) 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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John Lennon: The Early/Adolescent Life
11 June 2017 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

It was very interesting to see a biopic focusing on icon John Lennon's early life, or shall we say teenage years, rather than his climb to fame with The Beatles. While not one of the best biopics out there, 'Nowhere Boy' luckily is the opposite of the film's title.

'Nowhere Boy' has its flaws. The exposition in the final act is rather clunky, and some of the drama gets over-sentimental and melodramatic, also somewhat over-heated. While Sam Taylor-Wood doesn't do a bad job directing there is a little too much of a measured approach when it could have been tighter. That it is very inaccurate wasn't as big a problem for me, biopics are not exactly known for their accuracy and many have done far worse jobs.

However, the period is very evocatively rendered and done justice by photography that has style and grit. The music is great.

There are some thoughtful moments in the script, and there is a nice balance of moments of poignant drama and pop history. The story is often engrossing and is pretty illuminating, not really making the mistake of saying little new that we don't know already.

Aaron Johnson is highly credible as Lennon and more than holds his own against the more experienced actresses Kristin Scott Thomas and Anne-Marie Duff. Scott Thomas in particular is marvellous and Duff is a fine contrast.

Overall, pretty good and interesting. 7/10 Bethany Cox


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Release Date:

15 October 2010 (USA) 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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Dolby Digital

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2.35 : 1
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