Nowhere Boy (Blu Ray)

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Imagine...John Lennon's childhood. Liverpool, 1955: a smart and troubled fifteen-year-old is hungry for experience. In a family full of secrets, two incredible women clash over John (Aaron Johnson): Mimi (Kristin Scott Thomas), the buttoned-up aunt who raised him, and Julia (Anne-Marie Duff), the prodigal mother. Yearning for a normal family, John escapes into the new and exciting world of rock 'n' roll where his fledgling genius finds a kindred spirit in the teenage Paul McCartney (Thomas Brodie Sangster). Just as John begins his new life, tragedy strikes. But a resilient young man finds his voice - and an icon explodes into the world.

Specifications

Studio Sony
SKU 218395841
UPC 043396354029
UPC 14 00043396354029
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Rating Rating
Keywords
Biographical
Coming Of Age
Family Life
Friendships
Music
Musicians
Rock Bands
Teenage
Teenagers
Editors Note
Note The true story of John Lennon's troubled childhood and difficult relationship with his family is brought to the screen in this period drama. Young John (Alex Ambrose) is a bright but sharp-tongued boy living in the coastal town of Liverpool during the 1950s with his aunt Mimi (Kristin Scott Thomas) and uncle George (David Threlfall). John's father walked out on the family when he was four years old, and the boy was given to Mimi to raise, even though his mother, Julia (Anne-Marie Duff), was still alive. While Mimi's straight-laced nature runs counter to John's more reckless personality, they clearly love one another and the household is thrown into chaos when George dies suddenly. At the funeral, teenage John (now played by Aaron Johnson) sees Julia, and learns to his surprise that she lives only a few blocks away from Mimi. John pays her a visit, and Julia gratefully welcomes him back into her life. Julia's personality is a much closer fit to John than Mimi, and she encourages his love for writing and music, teaching him to play the banjo. However, John's renewed relationship with Julia brings up a number of unanswered questions, and causes new tensions between Mimi and John. And as rock & roll becomes the hot new sound of the day, John falls in love with the bold new music and makes a friend who is interested in forming a band, Paul (Thomas Brodie Sangster). The first feature film from artist-turned-director Sam Taylor-Wood, NOWHERE BOY was the closing night attraction at the 2009 BFI London Film Festival.
Reviews
Uncut 4 stars out of 5 -- "NOWHERE BOY proves a joyous success. At its heart is a vibrant performance from Johnson, who captures the intensity and contradictions of the teenage Lennon..." 12/14/2009
Box Office 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "Johnson is wholly credible as the future rock king: handsome, smart, brash, impulsive, overconfident and angry, he makes everything we'd later learn about Lennon feel inevitable." 01/23/2010
Entertainment Weekly "The director, Sam Taylor-Wood, captures how John Lennon's incredibly sordid, messed-up family life never quite let him know who he was." 02/12/2010
Empire 3 stars out of 5 -- "Taylor-Wood mined gold in her star trio, two superb actresses and Johnson's intense young Lennon wringing wit, vulnerability, love and hurt out of Matt Greenhalgh's script." 06/01/2010
Chicago Sun-Times 3.5 stars out of 4 -- "We learn that the emotional roller coaster of his formative years probably contributed to the complexity of his lyrics." 10/13/2009
Los Angeles Times "[A]n emotionally raw and yet raucous, rockin' riff on John Lennon's turbulent teenage years....An entertaining piece of nostalgia." 10/08/2010
USA Today "Director Sam Taylor-Wood weaves this tale with elegance, spot-on costumes and production design, and finely tuned casting." 10/15/2009
A.V. Club "NOWHERE BOY is modest in scope and more rewarding for it, highlighted by particularly strong performances by Thomas and Johnson, and a keen sense of time and place." 10/07/2010
Rolling Stone 3 stars out of 4 -- "NOWHERE BOY is smart enough not to spell it all out. You can hear it in Lennon's music, which plays in your head as the movie works its subtle magic." 10/07/2010
Actors
David Morrissey
Kristin Scott Thomas
Aaron Johnson
Thomas Sangster
Cast & Crew
David Morrissey - Star
Kristin Scott Thomas - Star
Aaron Johnson - Star
Thomas Sangster - Star
Anne-Marie Duff - Star
Ophelia Lovibond - Co-Star
Colin Tierney - Co-Star
Matt Greenhalgh - Screenwriter
Will Gregory - Composer
LipSync Post - Visual Effects Designer
Julia Baird - Source Writer
Jack McElhone - Co-Star
John Collins - Co-Star
Paul Ritter - Co-Star
Andrew Buchan - Co-Star
Daniel Ross - Co-Star
Kerrie Hayes - Co-Star
Sam Bell - Co-Star
Josh Bolt - Co-Star
Alex Ambrose - Co-Star
Angelica Jopling - Co-Star
Abby Greenhalgh - Co-Star
Frazer Bird - Co-Star
James Jack Bentham - Co-Star
Sam Wilmott - Co-Star
Ben Smith - Co-Star
Nigel Travis - Co-Star
Lizzie Hopley - Co-Star
Richard Syms - Co-Star
David Threlfall - Co-Star
Dan Armour - Co-Star
James Johnson - Co-Star
Baillie Walsh - Co-Star
Richard Tate - Co-Star
Simon Lowe - Co-Star
Christopher Coghill - Co-Star
Seamus McGarvey - Director of Photography
Barbara Herman-Skelding - Set Decorator
Jeremy Woodhead - Hairstylist
Jeremy Woodhead - Makeup
Louise Seymour - Post-Production Supervisor
Lesley Smith - Hairstylist
Lesley Smith - Makeup
Les Child - Choreographer
Alexander Oakley - Assistant Director
Goldfrapp - Composer
Simon Chase - Sound Re-Recording
Paul Mooney - Hairstylist
Jennifer Wynne - Production Manager/UPM
Ian Neil - Music Director
Sam Taylor-Wood - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2009
UPC 00043396354029
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 98 minutes
Color (unknown/unconverted)
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  2.35:1
Reviews
ReviewSource USA Today
Review ...Director Sam Taylor-Wood weaves this tale with elegance, spot-on costumes and production design, and finely tuned casting...
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Reviewer Claudia Puig
ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource Movieline
Review ...Although this is a film about the influential women in Lennon's life, it succeeds equally in its evocation of the family Lennon built among his boyhood mates...
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Reviewer Michelle Orange
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Rolling Stone
Review ...Nowhere Boy is smart enough not to spell it all out. You can hear it in Lennon's music, which plays in your head as the movie works its subtle magic...
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Reviewer Peter Travers
ReviewRating 8
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times ...entertaining piece of nostalgia...
Ty Burr, Boston Globe ...Duff gives the most startling performance...

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