• Nowhere Boy (2010)

Nowhere Boy

Release Date: October 8th, 2010

DVD Release Date: January 25th, 2011

R |1 hr 37 min

Plot Summary

A rebellious teenager, future Beatle John Lennon (Aaron Johnson) lives with his Aunt Mimi (Kristin Scott Thomas) in working-class Liverpool, England. Mimi's husband suddenly dies, and John spies his mother, Julia (Anne-Marie Duff), at the funeral. Despite Mimi's misgivings, John intends to have a real relationship with his mother. Julia introduces him to popular music and the banjo and, though a family conflict looms, young Lennon is inspired to form his own band.

Cast: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Kristin Scott Thomas, Anne-Marie Duff, David Threlfall, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, David Morrissey, Sam Bell, Ophelia Lovibond

Director: Sam Taylor-Johnson

Genres: Biography , Docudrama , Drama

Keywords: Emotional, Cheeky, Growing up, Friendship, Family, 1950s, House, Amusing, Mother, Love, Fascinating

Ratings & Reviews

  • 50
    Ray BennettThe Hollywood Reporter

    Strong performances by Kristin Scott Thomas as the stern Aunt Mimi, who raised the future Beatle from the age of 5, and Anne-Marie Duff as his troubled mother heighten the dramatic appeal of what otherwise is quite a dull film. show more

  • 70
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    The script, adapted by Matt Greenhalgh from a memoir by Lennon's half-sister, Julia Baird, is flagrantly Oedipal; almost every scene between John and his mother is sexually charged. The curse is taken off most of these encounters by Anne-Marie Duff's eloquent work in the mother's role. show more

  • 75
    Michelle OrangeMovieline

    Although this is a film about the influential women in Lennon's life, it succeeds equally in its evocation of the family Lennon built among his boyhood mates. show more

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Awards

Nominated Outstanding British Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2010)