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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

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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:
The Beatles ... Themselves (archive footage)
Dick Cavett ... Himself
Eric Clapton ... Himself (archive footage)
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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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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.


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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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Gross USA:

$3,753,977
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Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

George Martin remixed The Beatles songs used in this movie for Dolby six-channel stereo used in theaters. He called the task one of the biggest challenges of his career. See more »

Quotes

[Yoko Ono is preparing tea while George Harrison is visiting]
John Lennon: This is actually a Beatle wife fixing the tea for one of the fab four ex-Beatles.
George Harrison: Fab three.
John Lennon: Fab three. I'm sorry.
George Harrison: I see Beatle Bill making a pig of himself.
John Lennon: You see much of the Beatles these days, the other Beatles?
George Harrison: I saw Beatle Ed.
John Lennon: Beatle Ed? How is he?
George Harrison: He was all right, but he was just going off on a tour.
John Lennon: Beatle Ed's not doing too well these days, is he?
[...]
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Featured in Lennon Legend: The Very Best of John Lennon (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Julia
Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney
Published by SBK Blackwood Music Inc.
under license from ATV Music (Maclen)
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"I don't believe in the Beatles, I just believe in me."
21 November 2005 | by patf128See all my reviews

There are rock musicians, rock stars, rock gods and than there is John Lennon, the man who embodies Rock and Roll and changed the world with his heartfelt and joyous words. Now we are given the privilege to see this genius and former Beatle as the human he was in the documentary Imagine: John Lennon.

The movie's main focus is on, of course, John Lennon. Not the critics, not the fans, not the Beatles and not the walrus...John Lennon, a human being. The movie is filled with home videos of Lennon and friends working on the Imagine album and videos of Lennon and his family enjoying life away from his hectic life as a musician. There is even a video of Lennon inviting an obsessed fan into his house for breakfast.

Still, even with the videos of a simple Englishman goofing off with friends there are many clips of the music itself. It includes Lennon's Elvis inspired rock genesis in Liverpool and Hamburg with the Beatles that launched their successful career. The movie moves on to Lennon's tour of America that took him away from the wife and kids, and then onto the unbelievable Sgt. Pepper album that is still critically acclaimed as the greatest album of all time.

Yet you can't fit everything about a legend like Lennon into a one hundred minute documentary, so all of the other Beatles albums were cut. Instead there is again more of the man behind the legend, such as him spending time with his newborn son Sean and instead of showing the breakup of the Beatles, it shows him sailing on a boat smoking a cigarette. Workingman's hero.

Now if you want a movie that explores the many dimensions of this rock icon than this isn't it. No this movie doesn't go into his spirituality, his thoughts on music, his influences and the Beatles nor does it even mention the name of the person who killed him. Yet this movie shows what John Lennon truly was: a father, a friend, a man.

Just like Lennon said, "I don't believe in Jesus....I don't believe in Elvis....I don't believe in the Beatles...I just believe in me, Yoko and me, and that's reality."


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