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Imagine: John Lennon (1988)

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A biography of the rock music star.

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Andrew Solt

Writers:

Sam Egan, Andrew Solt
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Cast

Credited cast:
John Lennon ... Himself / Narration (archive footage)
Yoko Ono ... Herself
Paul McCartney ... Himself (archive footage)
George Harrison ... Himself (archive footage)
Ringo Starr ... Himself (archive footage)
David Bowie ... Himself
Phil Spector ... Himself (archive footage)
Cynthia Lennon Cynthia Lennon ... Herself - John Lennon's first wife
Julian Lennon ... Himself
Sean Lennon ... Himself
Al Capp ... Himself (archive footage)
May Pang May Pang ... Herself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Fred Astaire ... Himself (archive footage)
The Beatles ... Themselves (archive footage)
Dick Cavett ... Himself
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Storyline

This "biography" evolves around the nearly 240 hours of film and videotape fortuitously taken by Lennon of his life. The archive footage is transformed into a fascinating life story of one of the most complex and fascinating men of the modern music era. This effort includes a 36 song soundtrack. Includes some very personal and insightful footage, never before made available to the public. Written by Todd Tidyman

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song | scandal | 1980s | 1970s | 1960s | See All (44) »

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Discover John...the angry youth, the musician, the radical, the husband, the father, the lover, the idealist...through his own words and personal collection of film and music.


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 October 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Imagine See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,412,213, 10 October 1988

Gross USA:

$3,753,977

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,754,273
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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The movie's soundtrack album was the first to combine songs John Lennon performed with The Beatles with his solo work. It also marked the first appearance, in demo form, of his song "Real Love", which the surviving Beatles used as the basis for a new single for the "Beatles Anthology" series. See more »

Quotes

[the Beatles' press conference at Kennedy Airport]
Reporter: What do you think of the comment that you're nothing but a bunch of British Elvis Presleys?
Ringo Starr: [shaking like Elvis] It's not true! It's not true!
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Soundtracks

Rip It Up
Written by Robert 'Bumps' Blackwell (as Robert Blackwell) and John Marascalco
Published by SBK Blackwood Music Inc.
under license from ATV Music (Venice)
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the best portrait of Lennon and The Beatles on film
10 November 2019 | by AlsExGalSee all my reviews

It revolves around the recording of song "Imagine" as well as the album of the same name in 1971. It is narrated by Lennon from tons of interviews he gave. After the scene is set, it goes back to the beginning of The Beatles and and see many familiar clips of performances of "Twist And Shout", "From Me To You" and "Help".

The most fascinating part of this documentary are rare home movies of John at home and of some news segments probably not seen since they were aired. A striking scene shows where an obsessed fan found his way to John's England estate. The young man is confused and may be on drugs but believes John's songs are speaking directly to him, asking him the meaning behind his "I Dig A Pony" song, John tells him it was just playing around with words, literally a nonsense song. John gently tells him the songs should not be mixed up with his own life and offers the guy something to eat.

John is gentle when dealing with his fans, but he can have a temper when dealing with technicians in a recording session, or reporters who say they miss "the old Beatles". It sure is intriguing stuff for any Beatles fan and definitely worth your time.


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