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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: Drama, Docudrama, Biography

Ratings & Reviews

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  • Johnson doesn't resemble, much less embody, Lennon, but he does catch his distinctive glint of mischief tinged with pain. Duff and Scott Thomas are both exceptional, revealing how John's relationship with these two clashing sisters marked his character. show more

  • 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

  • Taylor-Wood stresses the universals rather than the specifics of John's youth. So don't go expecting a Fab Four origin story. The word Beatles is never uttered. But do go. show more

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