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The Dick Cavett Show - John Lennon & Yoko Ono (1975)

Dick Cavett , Jean-Luc Godard  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Dick Cavett, Jean-Luc Godard, Marshall Efron
  • Producers: Christopher Porterfield, Joan Konner, Julie Rubenstein, Malcolm Morris, Tom O'Malley
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Unknown)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Universal Music Group
  • DVD Release Date: November 1, 2005
  • Run Time: 30 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000A345F8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #152,112 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Dick Cavett Show - John Lennon & Yoko Ono" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Three complete episodes: 9/11/71, 9/24/71, 5/12/72
  • All-new episode introductions by Dick Cavett
  • Featurette interview with Dick Cavett

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Product Description

John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s two visits to The Dick Cavett Show stand out from their numerous television appearances as their most relaxed, in-depth interviews. Clearly they enjoyed being with Cavett. They even cast him in one of their films. The September 11, 1971, show is notable as the first American television interview John gave after the breakup of The Beatles. So comfortable were the Lennons that after the show was over they continued talking with Cavett. The additional portions of that first interview were shown as part of The Dick Cavett Show on September 24, 1971. During that visit they’d discussed coming back and giving a live performance. True to their word, for their appearance on Cavett’s show on May 11, 1972, they returned with Elephants Memory and each sang one song.

3 complete episodes of the legendary late-night talk show featuring John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s most candid interviews as well as rare live performances With New Episode Introductions and the Bonus Featurette Cavett And The Lennons

Three complete episodes: *September 11, 1971 – John & Yoko are Cavett’s only guests. They show clips from their experimental films Fly and Erection as well as promotional films for the songs "Imagine" and "Mrs. Lennon."

*September 24, 1971 – Cavett introduces the three additional segments from John & Yoko's appearance on September 11, 1971 and also welcomes Stan Freberg and Robert Citron.

*May 12, 1972 – John & Yoko perform live with the band Elephant’s Memory in their second visit with Cavett. John sings "Woman Is The Nigger Of The World" and Yoko sings "We’re All Water." Actress Shirley MacLaine is also on hand.

John Lennon devotees (and, to a lesser extent, Beatles fans in general) should be delighted with The Dick Cavett Show - John Lennon & Yoko Ono, which collects (on two discs) his three appearances on the TV talk show in 1971 and '72. It won't be because of the music; there's very little of that, and what there is, frankly, is not great. Of much more interest is the opportunity to see and hear Lennon, then in his early thirties, talk about matters both slight (his new haircut, the state of television in England) and significant (the Nixon administration's efforts to deport him, Lennon and Ono's battle for shared custody of her daughter from an earlier marriage). Always the most verbally agile of the Beatles, Lennon appears here with his rapier wit (on Yoko's chain smoking: "Every time I kiss her, I burn my chin") and penchant for punning (when Cavett appears without neckwear, Lennon calls him "tie-less in Gaza") intact. He also tirelessly plugs his and Ono's various activities, which gets a little old, but his passion for and commitment to their causes are undeniable. Don't expect much Beatles talk; while he evidences no bitterness about the band's demise, neither does he indulge in any sentimentality (although it's poignant, given his murder in 1980, to hear him say that he'd never want to be onstage singing "She Loves You" at age 50). As for the two live performances (there's also an "Imagine" film clip), both coming at the end of the third Cavett show, let's just say that the Lennons' collaboration with the New York band Elephant's Memory, which yielded the album Sometime in New York City and the two songs they play here (his strident "Woman is the Nigger of the World" and her "We're All Water"), wasn't exactly their creative zenith. --Sam Graham

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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Power to the People! November 14, 2005
John Lennon and his wife, Yoko Ono were guests on the Dick Cavett show three times in 1971. Their first apearance was taped on Saturday, September 11, 1971 and was John's first interview after the Beatles had disbanded. The subsequent interviews were taped on Friday, September 24, 1971 and Thursday, May 11, 1972.

Viewers, Beatle fans and their counterparts will undoubtedly enjoy the natural conversational flow among Dick Cavett and his guests. John appeared to be in his element, happily chatting with the famous talk show host. It was a good thing John rightfully defends Yoko during this interview and makes it quite plain that she did not break up the Beatles. She has been wrongfully blamed for something that was bound to happen naturally - after all, the individuals who made up the Beatles needed to move individually; grow; develop their own individual styles. The group could not last forever.

Cavett gives John and Yoko equal time. He listens to them attentively; takes them seriously and at no time criticizes anybody or speculates about anybody. It is very easy to forget the interviews are taking place before a studio audience as viewers are easily lulled into the flow of the conversation.

Yoko is very animated during this first interview. She smokes; chats easily with her host about her undergraduate days at Sarah Lawrence and shows a film she made. John and Cavett are actually funny, sharing some humorous observations about clothing and coiffure.

Be sure to get this dvd collection. It is funny; interesting; serious; thought provoking and memorable. This is something for everybody and not just Beatle fans, Yokophiles and Lennonophiles. The bonus dvd will certainly bring many smiles to many faces.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Up Close and Personal With John & Yoko November 1, 2005
The Dick Cavett Show-John & Yoko Collection is now available. The two dvd set includes John & Yoko's three appearances on Cavett's show. The first episode, taped September 11th, 1971 was John's first U.S. televised post-Beatles interview.

Fans of Lennon and Cavett will treasure these intimate conversations. The Lennon's are so comfortable with Cavett that you almost forget the show is being taped in front of an audience. Yoko Ono has been villanized a lot in the history of The Beatles. In this interview John declares that Yoko was not the cause of The Beatles break-up. "How can one woman break up The Beatles?" he offers. Yoko smokes a lot during the first episode, this is interesting to see because now a days people don't sit down and just light up while they are on a talk show. People curious about Yoko get to learn a lot about her as she is given adequate attention during the interview. She talks with Cavett about attending Sarah Lawrence and near the end of the first episode she shares a short film that she created. John and Cavett share in word play during the 9/11 episode and talk about a variety of subjects including hair styles.

The Dick Cavett Show-John & Yoko Collection features their three appearances that aired on-9/11/71, 9/24/1971 and 5/11/1972. Each episode features a brand new introduction by Cavett himself (who looks great), and all of the musical performances. The two disc set also includes a bonus featurette titled Cavett And The Lennons.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars geniune, sincere, real March 21, 2006
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This interview with Dick Cavett is one of the best of Lennon and Yoko. They are unguarded, totally intelligent, quick, and positively wise in their analysis of rock, their lives, and world events. This interview shows them completely as they were: straight-shooters with very little bull. You can see how John and Yoko are so together with each other and how Yoko is so much better, intelligent, and caring than her frequent portrayal as a controller and puppeteer of John. A must for any Lennon and Yoko fan.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BEST YEAR EVER FOR NEW BEATLES STUFF November 27, 2005
It's here! Finally! John Lennon and Yoko Ono's multi-show appearance on the old Dick Cavett Show is remarkable in that this was a time when a "talk show" was just that -- people sat and talked about stuff. If Lennon and Ono went on TV today, they'd end up being interrupted by that toad Larry King every time they opened their mouths. No one does a talk show like this anymore.

This DVD is AWESOME, and it's just one of many new Beatles-related items released just in time for Xmas! Also check out the books JOHN by Cynthia Lennon and TURN ME ON DEAD MAN by Andru Reeve -- both are long-awaited and magnificent additions to your Beatles reading library. There are also a bunch of great new CDs out there, including fresh wonderful material from Ringo Starr ("CHOOSE LOVE") and Paul McCartney ("CHAOS AND CREATION IN THE BACKYARD"). Buy them all for the Beatlemaniac in your family!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Imagine John Lennon again February 16, 2006
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This DVD is a welcome addition to any film library as the two discs, not only have historical value in capturing John's legal problems and government persecution, but show how charming, witty, and passionate John was. After normal opening jitters for Lennon and Cavett, they settle down into a great and animated conversation. Yoko comes off quite well, hardly the evil woman Beattle fans at the time made her out to be. It is quite clear that John and Yoko were devoted to each other. A couple of tunes are played on second disc and excerpts are also shown from some of John and Yoko's films. It was John's first interview after the Beatles broke up and was insightful and entertaining. There are also interviews with Stan Freeberg and Shirley MaClaine, among others, that are lively and fun as well.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice to reflect back
Remember watching this interview when I was in college. Nice to reflect back!
Published 1 month ago by Mr. T.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent experience!
..Great price, great service, highly recommended! A++++
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
This is worth owning not only because of how rare it is to find extensive footage of John Lennon, but also to enjoy the intellience of Dick Cavett as a talk show host. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Lisa_Minneapolis
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic
If you're a John Lennon fan like I am, you will love this video! It's also an important historical video.
Published 15 months ago by Craig
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like John Lennon get this
I actually borrowed this video from a friend and liked it so much halfway through that I bought it but I am a big John Lennon fan. Read more
Published on June 21, 2012 by Kelli
1.0 out of 5 stars Insipid.
Remarkably insipid "performance." One star. Yoko's work is almost without substance. Gives art a bad name. John Lennon quite animated and humorous. Cavett: competent. Read more
Published on December 28, 2011 by Wally
5.0 out of 5 stars I just want to know
I just want to know what "Betty Rollins legs" was supposed to mean. Is there anyone who has seen this that can tell me? I thought it was a good interview.
Published on October 29, 2011 by A review by me
5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute treasure!
I wish I waited a few months for the price to drop on this dvd set. $6.99 is a STEAL! Excellent footage of John & Yoko with the great Dick Cavett. Read more
Published on July 31, 2011 by Mod Wolf
5.0 out of 5 stars it's really all there on the screen........
it's really all there, the reality of a could it be recommended less than 5 stars? should be 100! j.l. did not make too many t.v. interview appearances. Read more
Published on July 13, 2009 by susan
5.0 out of 5 stars Cavett Show with John and Yoko
What can I say about this video?
It brought back many a memory. I remember I skipped classes during the airing of this Cavett Show. Read more
Published on May 3, 2008 by Kimberly Woodward
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