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In His Life:the John Lennon Story [VHS]


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  • Actors: Philip McQuillan, Blair Brown, Christine Kavanagh, Gillian Kearney, Daniel McGowan
  • Directors: David Carson
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • VHS Release Date: July 24, 2001
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005J785
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,064,091 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Customer Reviews

I would spend your money elsewhere.
"rwalker23"
All in all, this is a better than average made for television film.
Lawyeraau
Nice full screen, great colour and great acting.
Anne White

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Lawyeraau HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 16, 2002
Format: VHS Tape
This is a capably directed, better than average television movie about the beginnings of The Beatles, as seen through the eyes of John Lennon. The focus of the film is always on John and some of the people, places, and events that shaped his early life and made him the man he was to become. As its focus is on John Lennon, the other members of The Beatles take a back seat to John in the film.
The film, shot in the gritty, port city of Liverpool where John and the other Beatles grew up, shows how John (Phillip McQuillan) was reared by his devoted Aunt Mimi (Blair Brown), his mother Julia's older sister. His mother, Julia (Christine Cavanaugh), also lived in Liverpool and he would visit with her, but his father was an absentee one and would remain nothing but a distant memory. John grew up in his Aunt Mimi's household, and it was she who governed much of his early life. It was his mother, however, who was instrumental in John getting his first guitar.
The film shows the viewer some of the childhood places and people that would someday be memorialized in the music of The Beatles: Strawberry Fields, Penny Lane, Eleanor Rigby, and Julia. John's courtship of Cynthia (Gillian Kearney), the girl who would become his first wife, is also grist for the mill, as are his reasons for marrying her. The early popularity of The Beatles in Germany is touched upon, as is the tragic end of one of its original members and John's best friend, Stuart Sutcliffe (Lee Williams). Stuart was an artist who, while performing with the band in Germany, fell in love with a German girl named Astrid (Palina Jonsdottir) and left the band in order to marry her and remain in Germany.
The film shows how John and Paul McCartney (Daniel McGowan) met, as well as how George Harrison (Mark Rice-Oxley) came to join the group.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Joan Maydet on January 5, 2002
Format: DVD
I watched this movie in November of 2000 on tv. This is a great movie about John Lennon and how the Beatles got started. It's a memorable movie that you won't forget. If you love the Beatles, or want to know more about John Lennon and the Beatles, this is a great movie to watch.
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By Rock2HAL on October 9, 2008
Format: VHS Tape
Hi. I do like the movie. Some things weren't accurate and I think Philip did a really good job in this movie and I think he looked a lot like John too. I just have one question which I haven't seen online anywhere and was wondering if anyone can answer this and reply to me at my email address ladyhal@yahoo.com (in case regular email doesn't show up... ladyhal at yahoo dot com). Does Philip do the singing of John on here or does someone else? If so, who is it? They did a pretty good job singing like John but was wondering who did the singing? BTW, if you are a big Beatle/Lennon fan like me, you'll enjoy it even if some of it was inaccurate and stuff but what Beatle/Lennon movie is accurate that involves actors/actresses/etc. (besides documentaries)? Thanks in advance.
Heidi
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Format: DVD
Thats right, except for a couple of early scenes, this has all been done and better in Dick Clarks view of Beatle begginigs.

This film tries to cover too much in too short a time and ends up basically being a collage of 5 minutes each episodes about John and except for a few snippets regarding his father and mother, the Birth of the Beatles covered the same time era and did it with a little more flow and linearity.

And just to nitpick, this was the worst looking early Lennon actor ive ever seen. I couldnt even be sure for a few minutes that this was the John Lennon actor, he couldve been anyone.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jim from D-town on July 20, 2008
Format: DVD
As someone else already said, this was all covered in Birth of the Beatles, except for the scenes with John's mother, and with his father in Blackpool in 1946.

One other thing I wanted to mention was the notable absence of any Lennon-McCartney tunes, either as background music or played at their shows. (It's almost as if the producers didn't get the rights to the Lennon-McCartney catalog.) Sure they did a lot of covers back then, but other films show them playing I Saw Her Standing There and Love Me Do (and maybe others that escape me now).
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By GameraRocks on August 17, 2009
Format: DVD
The story may not be 100% accurate, but the acting is really good and the story is entertaining. Probably the best parts of the film are when John is with Brian Epstein. That part of John's life isn't talked about all that much, but it is always interesting to see and hear. What I liked most about this movie is that it goes a little further than the movie Backbeat. Although it isn't the Beatles singing, I also enjoyed how some of the more famous Beatles songs made it in. For a made-for-TV movie, I 'd say that this one is pretty good. You will enjoy it if you are a fan or maybe even not. Worth seeing.
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By Nancy on December 17, 2013
Format: DVD
The concept, starting from the auction of John Lennon's first guitar, through the story of his early life up to the Beatles is brilliant! Great acting in that English style. I love this little film. Authentic in feel and true to the real story.
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By Alexander Giovanelli on September 6, 2013
Format: VHS Tape Verified Purchase
Was recommended from the tour guide of the magical mystery tour in Liverpool because he was one of the actors that played in it
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