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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.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Danny Collins
... Mary Sinclair
... Samantha Leigh Donnelly
... Tom Donnelly
... Frank Grubman
... Sophie
... Hope Donnelly
... Jamie
... Nicky Ernst
... Judd / Busy Work
... Dr. Ryan Kurtz
... Neighbor Steve
... Marty
... Guy DeLoach
... Young Danny Collins (as Eric Schneider)
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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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10 April 2015 (USA)  »

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$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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Trivia

The "Danny Collins" concert footage at the beginning of the film was shot at a Los Angeles concert by the band Chicago. 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 »

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Frank Grubman: This is the second time I am in New Jersey, and I don't like it.
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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 »

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Referenced in Filmbarátok Podcast: Episode #1.75 (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Whatever Gets You Through the Night
Written by John Lennon
Performed by John Lennon
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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I mildly enjoyed it.
20 June 2015 | by See all my reviews

First of all, I have to start by saying it felt really weird to see a super saying the movie was "sort of based on a true story". Sorry, but it is either based on true events or it's not. I guess it's only a trick to catch people's attention a little more…

The movie was OK, but it won't leave a long lasting impression. As for Al Pacino, the guy is an excellent actor, but for him to play a musician on the brink of retirement and to force him to show his singing skills was probably a bit of a mistake. He is such an awful singer that you wonder if the guy is singing or having a heart attack. Either way, it makes you question why they chose him and not someone else for the role… I suppose Al Pacino is still Al Pacino.

Also, I feel that you never really get the point of the Lennon letter, which is supposed to be central to this movie (Probably the reason why they made a movie only "mildly based" on true events). They had to add a lot of substance to this letter story to turn it into a movie. You could say it is the eye opener that makes Pacino reach out for his son and try to change his empty life around before it's too late. But that in itself makes the letter seem unimportant. Basically, you sense that the same story could have been told without the letter.

All in all, a decent movie but I really wonder how long it will stuck to your mind, I give it half a day.


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