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The U.S. vs. John Lennon

Music Video & Concerts movie directed by David Leaf and John Scheinfeld

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Should have been titled Lennon the peace activist

  • Mar 18, 2007
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This movie is about the political activities of John Lennon during the late 1960s and 1970s in which he supported the peace movement. This included public speeches, demonstrations, and formation of friendships with activists such as Rubin, Seale, Hoffman, and others under the watch of the US Federal Government. As a result, the Lennon came under the close scrutiny of the Nixon administration. The latter tried to deport him but he fought and fought, and eventually won his case, ironically on the same day his son was born. The movie ends with his death in 1980. The feel of the movie is liberal, and subtly subjective. Numerous times the movie hints that the US government was out to get him, but only some evidence is provided. Records relating to illegal wiretaps should have been presented. Watching this show, one gets a good feel of the people active in that era of American history, but only some idea of Lennon's contest with the US government.

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Quick Tip by . April 27, 2010
An instant classic rock doc that shows how scared conservatives are of leftist artists in the media. Nixon versus Lennon... Guess who won?
review by . April 16, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
Pros: interesting interviews, startling information     Cons: a bit long     The Bottom Line:   "Imagine there's no countries  It isn't hard to do  Nothing to kill or die for  And no religion too  Imagine all the people  Living life in peace..."  ~Lennon     When I started watching U.S. vs. John Lennon I was taken back to some trying and difficult times. I’ll admit …
review by . April 18, 2007
posted in Movie Hype
'The U.S. vs. John Lennon' is made in two parts: There are the newsreels and the interviews. Then, there are the references to his life and to his involvement in the protest movement. David Leaf's documentary wisely pieces together Lennon's life that made him a rebel and an activist--particularly for peace. Featuring interviews that are intersliced between the archives, everyone from fellow activists (Jerry Reuben, Ron Kovic) [author of 'Born on the Fourth of July'], Black Panthers (Angela Davis), …
review by . October 25, 2006
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The movie was produced by one of my favorite and most trusted of independent film companies: Lionsgate Entertainment. They tend to put out high quality movies that i don't have to think twice about seeing.    After about 2 minutes into it I knew something was quite different about this documentary. Either Leaf and Scheinfeld are amazingly crafty or Lionsgate hired some premium Avid Xpress editors, because they managed to make the stills from the 60s and 70s come alive. They moved …
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In retrospect, it seems absurd that the United States government felt so threatened by the presence of John Lennon that they tried to have him deported. But that's what happened, as chronicled in directors David Leaf and John Scheinfeld'sThe U.S. vs. John Lennon. The film starts slowly, with a familiar look at the former Beatle's troubled childhood, his outspokenness as one of the Fabs ("We're more popular now than Jesus Christ," etc.), and his eventual hookup with Yoko Ono, paralleled by the growth of political protest in '60s America, particularly against the Vietnam War. John and Yoko went on to stage their own peaceful demonstrations, like the Canadian "bed-ins," but these were largely harmless media stunts. It was when the Lennons moved to New York in the early '70s and took a more active role in the anti-war movement, making friends with radicals like Abbie Hoffman, Jerry Rubin, and Black Panther Party founder Bobby Seale, that the government got interested--and paranoid--and men like President Richard Nixon, FBI director J. Edgar Hoover, and right-wing Sen. Strom Thurmond began actively looking for ways to silence him (it was Thurmond who came up with the deportation idea). That's also when the film picks up. An array of talking heads weighs in, ranging from Ono and others sympathetic to Lennon's plight (Walter Cronkite, Sen. George McGovern, even Geraldo Rivera) to those on the other side, including Watergate ...
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Genre: Music, Musical
Screen Writer: David Leaf, John Scheinfeld
DVD Release Date: February 13, 2007
Runtime: 99 minutes
Studio: Lions Gate
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