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The U.S. vs. John Lennon (2006)

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Original title: U.S. vs. John Lennon, The


Release Date
 USA: Sep 15, 2006
BoxOffice: $1.0M

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MPAA Rating
Rated PG-13 for some strong language, violent images and drug references.

Country USA

Production Companies
Authorized Pictures, LSL Productions Inc., Lions Gate Films, VH1 Rock Docs

Studio Lions Gate Films

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Genre: Documentary

Tagline: Musician. Humanitarian. National Threat.

Plot: David Leaf and John Scheinfeld struggled for over 15 years to produce this documentary, and it's emergence in the year 2006 is a testament to the film's timeliness. THE U.S. VS. JOHN LENNON focuses on a part of the music icon's life that is often overlooked: his politicization both during and after the Vietnam War. Towards the end of the Beatles' career, Lennon began taking the band in a new direction, using their popularity to circulate a message of peace in songs such as "Revolution." He became even more involved after the band broke up, and the film traces his growing awareness and dissent through both archival footage--much of which had lain forgotten in vaults for decades--and interviews with those close to him. This leads to the titular case, in which the U.S. government, which had already been monitoring his actions for some time, attempted to deport the star for fear of the threat he posed to the nation.

The film also portrays Lennon's close relationship with Yoko Ono and the effect she had on his art, including an interview with the Japanese performance artist and muse that sheds much light on the couple's intimate history. Other interviews feature such luminaries as Mario Cuomo, Gore Vidal, Walter Cronkite, Angela Davis, and even G. Gordon Liddy, the former chief

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 Directed by
David Leaf
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John Scheinfeld
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 Written by
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 Cast
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George Harrison
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Paul McCartney
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Carl Bernstein
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