In 1964 a reluctant John Lennon is persuaded by manager Brian Epstein to meet Freddie, the father who abandoned him 17 years earlier, with the press in attendance. The meeting is short and bitter. Three years later Epstein is dead and John invites Freddie to his mansion but again things turn sour, due to Freddie's drinking and insulting Mimi, the aunt who raised John. The Beatles set up Apple records but the press are hostile and Lennon's comment that 'we're more popular than Jesus' doesn't help. Rows with long-suffering wife Cynthia lead to marital breakdown and John's meeting Japanese performance artist Yoko Ono. Family history is repeated as Lennon leaves Cynthia and their son Julian for Ono, by whom he has a second son, Sean. In 1969 John returns his M.B.E. in protest at England's support for the Vietnam War while his stunts with Yoko Ono to promote peace alienate the press. Some months later he disbands the Beatles to the other members' annoyance and, after arguments with Paul ...
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Did You Know?
John Lennon says to his father, who is miming boxing, "Get in the house Rocky". He is referring to the boxer Rocky Marciano (1923-1969), not the film Rocky
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Disclaimer in opening titles: "The following drama is based on real events, although some scenes are the invention of the writer." See more
Written by Buddy G. DeSylva
(as Buddy DeSylva), Lew Brown
and Ray Henderson
Performed by Christopher Fairbank
Later heard in a recording by Al Jolson See more