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Danny Collins (2015)

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An aging rock star decides to change his life when he discovers a 40-year-old letter written to him by John Lennon.

Director:

Dan Fogelman

Writer:

Dan Fogelman
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Al Pacino ... Danny Collins
Annette Bening ... Mary Sinclair
Jennifer Garner ... Samantha Leigh Donnelly
Bobby Cannavale ... Tom Donnelly
Christopher Plummer ... Frank Grubman
Katarina Cas ... Sophie
Giselle Eisenberg ... Hope Donnelly
Melissa Benoist ... Jamie
Josh Peck ... Nicky Ernst
Brian Thomas Smith ... Judd / Busy Work
Scott Lawrence ... Dr. Ryan Kurtz
Michael Patrick McGill ... Neighbor Steve
Kiff VandenHeuvel ... Marty
Nick Offerman ... Guy DeLoach
Eric Michael Roy ... Young Danny Collins (as Eric Schneider)
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Storyline

Inspired by a true story, Al Pacino stars as aging 1970s rocker Danny Collins, who can't give up his hard-living ways. But when his manager (Christopher Plummer) uncovers a 40 year-old undelivered letter written to him by John Lennon, he decides to change course and embarks on a heartfelt journey to rediscover his family, find true love and begin a second act.

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, drug use and some nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 April 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Imagine See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$73,200, 22 March 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$5,348,317, 10 May 2015
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color
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Trivia

Inspired by the story of singer Steve Tilston, who learned of the existence of a letter that John Lennon had written to him 34 years after the letter was written. See more »

Goofs

Near the end, Danny Collins hands over his AMEX card to pay for his hotel, but never bothers to get it back. See more »

Quotes

Danny Collins: Hank, I haven't written a song in thirty years. THIRTY YEARS. I'm a fucking joke.
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Crazy Credits

During the end credits, a clip of a Steve Tilston (the inspiration for Danny Collins) interview and a couple of newspaper headlines (that describe Tilston's finding of the John Lennon letter) are shown. See more »

Connections

References The Golden Girls (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

Working Class Hero
Written by John Lennon
Performed by John Lennon
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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A man in search of spiritual fulfillment in a material world.
10 April 2015 | by PWNYCNYSee all my reviews

This movie is about aging and about finding a reason to live. An aging rock star, Danny Collins, who is still popular, receives a letter from a famous rock star, forty years after the letter was written. The letter contains advice that if followed, may have changed Danny's life for the better. Basically, the letter's message was that you don't have to let material things erode your creativity. The problem for Danny is that after forty years of performing, he now finds himself wallowing in that creative and spiritual rut that the letter warned him about. He hasn't written a new song in thirty years and the material he does perform over and over again is stale to the point of being toxic. None of his props - his huge house, expensive car, young fiancé, the alcohol, the drugs - help inspire him. He feels an emptiness that is nagging him. After reading the letter, Danny decides to retire. He does this in order to try to revive his creativity and prove to himself that he can still produce. The rest of the movie reveals more about Danny's character, showing that under all the the boozing and drugging there exists a decent person. To find out whether Danny finds happiness and fulfillment, watch the movie. Al Pacino gives a strong, yet appropriately nuanced performance as an aging man who is searching for meaning in his life. After decades of using music as much as an escape as well as a source of income, he finally begins to confront the truth about himself. What he discovers makes this movie worth watching.


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