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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

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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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color
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Trivia

The first film that Dan Fogelman directed. See more »

Goofs

After Danny has been to see his son for the first time, he returns to the Hilton and is seated at the bar, apparently drunk. There is a glass in front of him which is empty except for some melted ice. Mary enters the bar and politely tries to tell him he's had too much to drink. Danny points out there is only water in his glass. Mary orders a tequila and soda and the bar tender serves her but does not refresh Danny's glass. Following this, we see the bar tender polishing the glasses and in the next shot, we see Danny's glass now contains alcohol. See more »

Quotes

[repeated line]
Danny Collins: Dinner tonight!
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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

Featured in Behind the Scenes of Danny Collins (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Instant Karma
Written by John Lennon
Performed by John Lennon
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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A shoddy drama that lacks profundity
19 May 2015 | by scottshak_111See all my reviews

Everything a good drama should not be.

I went into the theatres with high hopes for this one, being a big Pacino fan. But boy I came out disappointed. It is a movie that wastes its hours on mediocrity, sometimes goes into the abyss of clumsiness and pointless melodrama. It stays away from profundity and lacks the luster of sentience. It was like watching a bunch of random guys act animatedly, to words that had no direction and that were headed nowhere. Screenplay so mediocre! It was like listening to random people talk. Humor was pathetic too.

Danny Collins began on a great note but then slowly died down as it stumbled with its poor script. The movie seemed to open with a strong musical backdrop but unfortunately it didn't even skim its surface. Lennon is only a reference. Even the transition of Danny doesn't exhilarate you. It is a very slow paced movie that simply scrambles towards the finish line without packing a good redemption.

If we try to focus on the good, the beginning bit with Nick Offerman was quite exceptional. Annette does a fair job with her role. Giselle Eisenberg is the cutest thing, who makes your heart melt with her sweet voice. Also the song that Danny seems to be penning turns out pretty good. Sometimes you could almost see the subtlety of Fogelman's direction when he manifests fingers knocking on the door even when there was a doorbell. Danny's disregard for his life and his decision to do what his audience loved was also brilliantly shown.

The fact that a lot of people knew Danny Collins was overused and eventually it just became sad. At the end it just seemed like a story heading towards a blank. There wasn't truly any inspiration. Barely a decision that got cashed out for a change. You could almost tell why this movie had Annette Bening, Josh Peck, Giselle, Jennifer Garner and Christopher Plummer - simply to spice things up and make things interesting.

I would only recommend it if you wish to see a movie where things don't go dark or grim and that is strewn with mediocre pleasantries.


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