In His Life: The John Lennon Story

  • 2000
  • Movie
  • PG-13
  • Biography, Musical

As intense as a touring production of "Beatlemania," this made-for-TV movie about Beatle John Lennon's early years benefits from decent facsimile performances by its Fab Four impersonators. Encouraged by his free-spirited mother, Julia (Christine Kavanagh), young John Lennon (Anthony Borrows) moves in with his Aunt Mimi (Blair Brown), who insists on giving...read more

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As intense as a touring production of "Beatlemania," this made-for-TV movie about Beatle John Lennon's early years benefits from decent facsimile performances by its Fab Four impersonators. Encouraged by his free-spirited mother, Julia (Christine Kavanagh), young John Lennon (Anthony Borrows) moves in with his Aunt Mimi (Blair Brown), who insists on giving him a conventional upbringing. But the headstrong John takes after his mum and bristles at Mimi's ideas of decorum and proper musical training. As the liberated sixties sweep aside the staid fifties, John forms a rock 'n' roll band, The Quarry Men, which will undergo a few personnel changes before it emerges as the quartet known as The Beatles. Although John resents abiding by Mimi's wishes and attending art college, he does meet his first wife, Cynthia (Gillian Kearney) there. But improving the band is always his first priority and through his partnership with Paul McCartney (Daniel McGowan), John meets quiet, talented George Harrison (Mark Rice Oxley). John's beloved mother dies in a car accident, an incident that will color the rest of his life, as well as his music. And more tragedy awaits: John's buddy Stuart Sutcliffe (Lee Williams), a one-time Quarry Man, dies from a brain aneurysm. Despite these setbacks, John holds onto his dream. In 1961, Lennon's foursome attracts the attention of promoter Brian Epstein (Jamie Glover), who advises John to replace mediocre drummer Pete Best (Scot Williams) with the superior Ringo Starr (Kristian Ealey). Fatherhood and fame await John, as the Beatles achieve worldwide recognition. Vibrant performances by Kavanagh and Brown enliven this otherwise rather colorless biopic.

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  • Released: 2000
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Review: As intense as a touring production of "Beatlemania," this made-for-TV movie about Beatle John Lennon's early years benefits from decent facsimile performances by its Fab Four impersonators. Encouraged by his free-spirited mother, Julia (Christine Kavanagh)… (more)

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