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A profile of John Lennon in the late 1960s as the Beatles are set to fall apart.

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Edmund Coulthard

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Robert Jones
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Eccleston ... John Lennon
Christopher Fairbank ... Freddie Lennon
Allan Corduner ... Art Janov
Andrew Scott ... Paul McCartney
Naoko Mori ... Yoko Ono
Michael Colgan Michael Colgan ... Derek Taylor
Craig Cheetham ... Ringo Starr
Jack Morgan Jack Morgan ... George Harrison
Claudie Blakley ... Cynthia Lennon
Rory Kinnear ... Brian Epstein
Adrian Bower ... Pete Shotton
Di Botcher ... Dot
Eileen O'Brien Eileen O'Brien ... Lil
Debora Weston Debora Weston ... Gloria Emerson
Dave Legeno ... Les
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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 ... Written by don @ minifie-1

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 November 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Essere John Lennon See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK

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Trivia

Rory Kinnear, who plays Beatles manager Brian Epstein, is the son of Roy Kinnear who played alongside the Beatles in Help! (1965) and John Lennon in How I Won the War (1967). See more »

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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. See more »

Crazy Credits

Disclaimer in opening titles: "The following drama is based on real events, although some scenes are the invention of the writer." See more »

Connections

Featured in The Wright Stuff: Episode #13.55 (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Sonny Boy
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
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Shallow surface treatment of Lennon's issues
22 December 2010 | by physicsgoddess1See all my reviews

First if you have read Cynthia Lennon's book on John there is nothing new here. Second I was very disappointed in this movie. Maybe I was expecting too much as it was Masterpiece Theater? I was very disappointing with the lead Christopher Eccleston as John. He is too OLD (at 46 he's older than John was at his death let alone to be playing a 20 something). In the "Mother song scene" John looks the same age as his father Fred. That said, the actress who plays Cynthia did a fantastic job of showing her as a whole person and not some prop in John's early life (as she is often presented). And the actress playing Yoko was good as well. This could have offered great insight into John's problems had another actor been cast in the lead and a more rounded view of John been presented. Too Bad.


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