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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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Dan Fogelman

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

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Trivia

Danny at one point calls himself and Mary the new "Nichols and May", referring to the comedy duo act that Mike Nichols and Elaine May had between 1959 and 1962. Coincidentally, Al Pacino worked with Nichols on the TV mini-series Angels in America (2003). 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 Beautiful Film! Pacino Shines!
22 June 2015 | by namashi_1See all my reviews

Inspired by the true story of folk singer Steve Tilston, 'Danny Collins' is A Beautiful Film, that offers great emotional depth! And Al Pacino shines in the title role, proving once again that he's among the greatest we've ever had!

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

'Danny Collins' is at heart, a sensitive father & son story, that's emotionally charged. I was moved & overwhelmed by Danny Collins's journey, not only with his son, but also with his friends, his profession & himself. Its a fascinating character, that's been bought to life, with dexterity.

Dan Fogelman's Screenplay is top-class. Its emotional & also humorous. Fogelman's Direction, on the other-hand, is simple, yet effective. Cinematography is good. Editing is consistently crisp. Costume Design is fine. Music by Ryan Adams & Theodore Shapiro is wonderful.

Performance-Wise: Pacino is extraordinary as Danny Collins. He sinks his teeth into the part & brings it out with flying colors. Annette Bening is sweet. Bobby Cannavale is in fine form, as well. Jennifer Garner is subdued, while The Great Christopher Plummer is impeccable in his brief bit.

On the whole, 'Danny Collins' is a winner all the way! Among the best films from 2015 yet!


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

10 April 2015 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$72,459, 22 March 2015

Gross USA:

$5,637,066

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,835,752
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