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Take Me Home - The John Denver Story (Biopic)

2.6 out of 5 stars 44 customer reviews

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"A tribute that's as tender as one of his ballads." The Minneapolis Star Tribune

He soared higher than the Rockies.

John Denver achieved fame, fortune and acclaim for his soaring music, but his sunny personality masked private pain and dark secrets that his celebrity could never heal. His relationship with his father was as challenging as the mountains he sang about. The sweetness of his love songs disguised the turbulence in his marriage and as musical tastes changed, he found himself trapped in a spiral of destructiveness. Chad Lowe (Unfaithful) and Kristin Davis (Sex and the City) star in this gripping drama about his life, which features 15 of Denver’s original recordings. Experience his unlikely rise to stardom - and the music that lives on after his tragic death.

Special Features: Cast Profiles / John Denver Discography and Filmography / John Denver In His Own Words and Lyrics

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Whatever one thinks of John Denver's music, this 2000 biopic is an effective, emotionally compelling drama that's hard to shake. Chad Lowe may not look or sound all that much like the late, Colorado troubadour, but his tender performance as the idealistic and troubled singer-songwriter pulls at the heart with unexpected vigor. Based on Denver's autobiography of the same title, the film begins in the mid-'60s, when the rising star embarked on a solo career much to the chagrin of his military father (Gerald R. McRaney) and the delight of his new wife, Annie (Kristin Davis). The story of Denver's fame and success is thoroughly covered, but so are behind-the-scenes details about marital strain, Denver's growing alcoholism and curious isolation, and his interrupted dream of developing a world-class retreat for environmentalists. This is a real paradox: a sad tale of a man whose natural high kept so many hurt and doubting people going. --Tom Keogh

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Product Details

  • Actors: Chad Lowe, Kristin Davis, Gerald McRaney, Brian Markinson, Susan Hogan
  • Directors: Jerry London
  • Writers: Arthur Tobier, John Denver, Stephen Harrigan
  • Producers: Antony Root, Carroll Newman, Harold Thau, Jon Cowan
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • 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: Bfs Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: April 13, 2004
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000127IH0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #138,363 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Take Me Home - The John Denver Story (Biopic)" on IMDb

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From the first minute of this so called biography, the facts have been tossed out the window. (They've got John singing "This Old Guitar" a full 10 years before he wrote it).

The list of inaccuracies is too long to list here (anyone who only saw this Movie would be shocked to learn that John has a brother! and a manager named Jerry . . . and TALENT!)

Hal Thau had a whole lot less to do with John's success than his manager Jerry Weintraub.

Flying for me was written for the Challenger Crew in 1986, not before his father died in 1982.

Geesh folks, how hard is it to check facts?

John deserved far better.

Note to Chad Lowe: John did not whine all the time and he did not writhe around on stage when he sang.

The only thing mildly amusing about this abomination is the whle 14 seconds devoted to his second marriage.

If you wanna know about John Denver, read his book, listen to his music, and watch The Wild Life Concert. THAT is John Denver.
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While it interesting to have some decent actors associated with this film, it is also very disheartening for any of Johns fans to see so many inaccuracies in this production. The songs are mostly all out of chronological order, and Chad Lowe trying to mime to Johns voice while "playing" unconvincing guitar, does not work. Kristen Davis does a nice job of portraying "Annie", but the film fails to capture the quality of John's music, or his deep commitment to the causes, that drove so much of his work. There is no attempt to analyse why his life became such a struggle for a man at the top of the world. If Hal Thau was indeed involved so deeply with this project, its a crying shame that so many of the production details were poorly researched. John was a highly intelligent and passionate man who spoke in Congress, and lobbyed politicians to help with his environment projects, but in this film he comes across as whinny and insipid - two things he was definately not.

The man deserved a better biopic of his fascinaing life than this tardy effort.
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Chad Lowe's portrayal of John Denver comes off like a Saturday Night Live skit. The fake singing and phony guitar playing are very apparent. He is not believable as John Denver at all. He whine's throughout the movie. Kristen Davis is better but she can't save this disaster. This movie make's John Denver look like a total boob which he was not. Save your money on this one.
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This movie was an extremely poor attempt to chronicle the life of one of the world's foremost environmental/humanitarian educators of our time. John used his celebrity to further his beliefs and his passions and through his many admirers, those visions are being continued today. The inaccuracies are far to numerous to mention as well as mundane portrayal by Chad Lowe.

If you want to see the REAL John Denver, I suggest you purchase "Let This Be A Voice" and/or "John Denver: A Song's Best Friend."
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I recenty viewed this film, and the entire time I was waiting for something realistic to happen. John Denver is sadly portrayed as a whimpy fool, with no strength,brains, passion for nature or writting, and no integrity.
I Think this film should have been called Annie's story, as Annie is shown as the strength behind, and dominator of his life. Not suprizing, considering the film was made after his death, and she was the chief consaultant. The film serves as a mockery of john Denver under the disguise of a dramatized biogaraphy.
To sum the film up it was poorly casted, poorly directed, presumptuous, and produced in the style of a Lifetime original movie. It might be good for a some laughs at John's expense, if you don't mind throwing away some money.
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This biopic, based on John Denver's Take Me Home, An Autobiography, will be enjoyed by hardcore fans (like me) but is still awful in many ways. The story begins in the early 60s as John (Chad Lowe) begins his folk singing career. He meets Annie (Kristin Davis) at a gig and falls in love on the spot.

This movie is a Cliffs Notes summary of John's life; it's poorly-written and amateurish and lacks any depth or emotion. Lowe (who dons a hideous clown wig that makes him look like Dana Carvey in "Wayne's World") mugs shamelessly throughout, playing a leering innocent who never seems to grow up. (In fact, though the film covers thirty years, no one ages.) Davis is very pretty but the horrible script doesn't give her much chance to develop. McRaney, as John's father, plays the only character who seems real, and he's the villain of the piece.

The story is shallow and Lowe's Denver isn't particularly likeable. His hair is so laughable and distracting that the movie doesn't have a chance. Although we hear Denver sing many of his songs, Lowe is terrible at lip-syncing. The DVD extras are worthless; where's some footage of the real JD we loved?
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So speaking as someone who knew him, this movie is total crap. Points to the producer who uses John and still does: "didn't think you get could get any lower but you did!"
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By C. Reeder on October 16, 2007
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Bad script. Bad acting. Bad directing. Bad production. Just plain bad.
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