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Format: DVD
Sku: 218395849
UPC: 043396354043
UPC 14: 00043396354043
Rating: Game Rating Code
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The Extraordinary Untold Story Of John Lennon.
Liverpool 1955: a smart and troubled fifteen-year-old john lennon is hungry for experience. In a family full of secrets and tragedies, two incredible women clash over john, who escapes into the new and exciting world of rock n' roll, where he finds his voice-and an icon explodes into the world.

"...entertaining piece of nostalgia...  Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times
"...Duff gives the most startling performance...  Ty Burr, Boston Globe

Editor's 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.


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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Sony
Video Release Date Release Date: 2/19/2013
Video Play Time Running Time: 98 minutes
Video UPC UPC: 00043396354043
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks:

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Anamorphic Widescreen  2.35:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info David Morrissey
Video Cast Info Kristin Scott Thomas
Video Cast Info Aaron Johnson
Video Cast Info Thomas Sangster
Video Cast Info Anne-Marie Duff
Video Cast Info Ophelia Lovibond - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Colin Tierney - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Matt Greenhalgh - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Will Gregory - Composer
Video Cast Info LipSync Post - Visual Effects Designer
Video Cast Info Julia Baird - Source Writer
Video Cast Info Jack McElhone - Co-Star
Video Cast Info John Collins - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Paul Ritter - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Andrew Buchan - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Daniel Ross - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Kerrie Hayes - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Sam Bell - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Josh Bolt - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Alex Ambrose - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Angelica Jopling - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Abby Greenhalgh - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Frazer Bird - Co-Star
Video Cast Info James Jack Bentham - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Sam Wilmott - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Ben Smith - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Nigel Travis - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Lizzie Hopley - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Richard Syms - Co-Star
Video Cast Info David Threlfall - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Dan Armour - Co-Star
Video Cast Info James Johnson - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Baillie Walsh - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Richard Tate - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Simon Lowe - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Christopher Coghill - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Seamus McGarvey - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Barbara Herman-Skelding - Set Decorator
Video Cast Info Jeremy Woodhead - Hairstylist
Video Cast Info Jeremy Woodhead - Makeup
Video Cast Info Louise Seymour - Post-Production Supervisor
Video Cast Info Lesley Smith - Hairstylist
Video Cast Info Lesley Smith - Makeup
Video Cast Info Les Child - Choreographer
Video Cast Info Alexander Oakley - Assistant Director
Video Cast Info Goldfrapp - Composer
Video Cast Info Simon Chase - Sound Re-Recording
Video Cast Info Paul Mooney - Hairstylist
Video Cast Info Jennifer Wynne - Production Manager/UPM
Video Cast Info Ian Neil - Music Director
Video Cast Info Sam Taylor-Wood - Director

Professional Reviews

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

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

USA Today 9 of 10
...Director Sam Taylor-Wood weaves this tale with elegance, spot-on costumes and production design, and finely tuned casting... - Claudia Puig

Movieline 8 of 10
...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... - Michelle Orange

Rolling Stone 8 of 10
...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... - Peter Travers

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