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A chronicle of John Lennon's first years, focused mainly in his adolescence and his relationship with his stern aunt Mimi, who raised him, and his absentee mother Julia, who re-entered his life at a crucial moment in his young life.
Kristin Scott Thomas,
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A European version exists, and is a different cut from the American version. The following changes were made to the European version:
Some of the dialogue and text in this version is different.
The opening narration is now done by a British narrator, with the opening text superimposed on a black screen as opposed to a blue screen.
The prologue, which includes John saying that he wants to see Mickey Mouse is omitted.
The opening theme song is "My Bonnie" instead of "She Loves You".
A scene in an art school with a naked woman is included.
The scenes where The Beatles perform at Der Kaiserkiller are longer. They also include two additional song scenes: "Kansas City" and "Shake, Rattle and Roll" (the former has them trip on the stage floor, while the latter has them break it).
The scene where they find Stuart badly beaten has extra dialogue.
The scene where Stuart and Astrid have their moment in bed together is different. The other version has him showing her her new necklace, while this version, has the two of them making love to each other.
John's bedroom scene with Stuart has extra shots of the others in bed.
The scene where they first talk to Brian Epstein is a little bit longer.
The scene where Brian goes to find The Beatles performing "Love Me Do" at a venue is longer.
The scene where Brian goes to tell the Beatles about George Martin and EMI, has him getting out of a taxi.
In the scene where Cynthia tell John about expecting a baby, John asks her "What are we gonna call him?"
The scene where the Beatles arrive at New York City is longer.
The end credits feature "She Loves You", instead of "My Bonnie".
70's cars everywhere and inaccuracies! That's what comes to my mind when I think about this movie. Everything feels rushed, like they didn't have the time to find the correct guitars, the correct sets, the correct backgrounds. And they didn't have the time to tell the story correctly either. Scenes jump from one to another without any sense of segue. For any knowledgeable fan of the Beatles, it feels simplified to the extreme.
But on the other hand, the actors playing John, Paul, George and Ringo are good (Paul is often on the verge of overacting though) and they got the voices down! You could listen to the movie without watching it and you would be able to tell who is speaking! It's still a fun movie to watch, even if it's only to pick up flaws and inaccuracies!
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