The U.S. vs. John Lennon

Musician. Humanitarian. National Threat.


The U.S. vs. John Lennon
This documentary takes a look at John Lennon's problems in the U.S., particularly after he started campaigning against the Vietnam War. President Nixon considered him an enemy of the state and threw the CIA at him, which generally made his life unpleasant. He staged several media-friendly stunts to raise publicity for his views, and generally annoy the establishment.

99 minutes.
Parental Guidance.
Biographical, Documentary, On the art circuit

Showtimes

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Credits

Cast
John Lennon, Yoko Ono, and a host of interviewees.
Director
David Leaf, John Scheinfeld
ScreenplayDavid Leaf, John Scheinfeld
MusicJohn Lennon
CinematographyJames Mathers
EditingPeter S. Lynch II
Sound formats
SA distributorSter-Kinekor
Made in2006
Produced byAuthorized Pictures, LSL Productions, Lions Gate Films, VH1 Rock Docs

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Ratings

Scale (Max)20

What the Critics say

Cape Argus / The Star
Zane Henry quote iconFrom moptop to public enemy.
10
Die Burger
Mariana Malan
10
Cape Times
Sam Adams quote iconA fascinating human story.
10
iAfrica.com
Rebekah Kendal quote iconThis gripping and entertaining documentary is a must for any Lennon fan or anyone with an interest in political activism and repression, and how it has (and hasn't) evolved.
15
The Citizen
Annette Bayne quote iconAccording to Ono, this is the documentary Lennon would have most approved of.
16
24.com
Jean Barker quote iconTedious for someone who loves the music, but really couldn't care much about the man.
5
BBC
Stella Papamichael quote iconIf anything this film proves that song can have more impact than a little toe tapping and tub-thumping.
10
ReelViews
James Berardinelli quote iconThe U.S. Versus John Lennon is a nice little documentary that provides a view of recent history for those who didn't live through it, or a nostalgia trip for those who did.
13
Rolling Stone
Peter Travers quote iconLennon's spirit, like his music, shines through this movie like a beacon. Powerful stuff.
15
Metacritic.com
26 critics
13
Rottentomatoes critics
89 critics
13
Rottentomatoes tomatometer
Tomatometer quote iconPolitically relevant and shows fascinating archival footage.
15

What the People say

Internet
1530 Netizens quote iconRequired Viewing for all Entertainers!
15

Average .. 62%

12




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