The U.S. vs. John Lennon

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Overview

Filmmakers David Leaf and John Scheinfeld offer a compelling look at the efforts of the United States government to silence one of rock & roll's most outspoken war critics in this documentary detailing the Vietnam-era struggle between the Richard Nixon administration and iconic peace activist John Lennon. The Vietnam War was raging and the nightly news was filled with stories of failed offensives and massacred U.S. troops. As anti-war protests back home gained momentum, it was the hopeful voice of former ...
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Overview

Filmmakers David Leaf and John Scheinfeld offer a compelling look at the efforts of the United States government to silence one of rock & roll's most outspoken war critics in this documentary detailing the Vietnam-era struggle between the Richard Nixon administration and iconic peace activist John Lennon. The Vietnam War was raging and the nightly news was filled with stories of failed offensives and massacred U.S. troops. As anti-war protests back home gained momentum, it was the hopeful voice of former Beatle Lennon that served to perfectly encapsulate the frustrations felt by many citizens that the U.S. had gotten caught up in an quagmire from which there was seemingly no end in sight. There's a high price to be paid for standing strong in your beliefs and openly criticizing the ruling elite, though, and now, through interviews with those who knew him best and revealing glimpses into an era where all hope seemed lost, filmmakers finally uncover the truth behind the Nixon administration's highly classified efforts to isolate and eventually deport the man whose powerful words threatened to actually make sense in a world slowly suffocated by the grip of insanity.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Theatrical trailer; Additional documentary footage includes:; Becoming John Lennon; Power to the People; Dissent vs. Disloyalty; Then and Now; Walter Cronkite Meets the Beatles; The "Two Virgins" Album Cover; "Sometime In New York"; "Imagine"; The One to One Benefit Concert; Yoko Ono Lennon's Letter to the Parole Board; DVD-Rom exclusive - Interview with John and Yoko Ono Lennon courtesy of Tariq Ali, reprinted from his book, Streetfighting Years: An Autobiography of the Sixties
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/13/2007
  • UPC: 031398209119
  • Original Release: 2006
  • Rating:

  • Source: Lions Gate
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Subtitled
  • Time: 1:36:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 25,980

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Stew Albert
John Lennon
Tariq Ait Ben Ali
Carl Bernstein
Robin Blackburn
Chris Charlesworth
Noam Chomsky
Walter Cronkite
Mario Cuomo
Angela Davis
John Dean
Felix Dennis
David Fenton
Bob Gruen
Ron Kovic
Paul Krassner
Yoko Ono
G. Gordon Liddy
George McGovern
Elliot Mintz
David Peel
Dan Richter
Geraldo Rivera
John C. 'Jack' Ryan
Bobby Seale
John Sinclair
Tom Smothers
M. Wesley Swearington
Jon Treen
Gore Vidal
Jon Wiener
Leon Wildes
Jon Weiner Participant
Technical Credits
David Leaf Director, Producer, Screenwriter
John Scheinfeld Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Brad Abramson Executive Producer
Kevin Beggs Executive Producer
Tom Bergin Sound/Sound Designer
Bryan Carmouche Makeup
Russell Edwards Sound/Sound Designer
Kathryn Miles Fenton Makeup
Michael Hirschhorn Executive Producer
Michael Hirschorn Executive Producer
Christopher Knell Sound/Sound Designer
Lauren Lazin Executive Producer
Steve Ligerman Producer
Peter S. Lynch II Co-producer, Editor
James Mathers Cinematographer
Noah Mathers Sound/Sound Designer
Nick Meyer Executive Producer
Erik Nelson Executive Producer
Tom Ortenberg Executive Producer
Marcus Pardo Sound Mixer
Steve Rothenberg Executive Producer
Sandy Stern Executive Producer
Orlando Stuart Camera Operator
Jennifer Wobito Makeup
Kristina Wood Associate Producer
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Menu

Disc #1 -- The U.S. vs. John Lennon
   Play Movie
   Scene Selections
      Setting the Stage
      Growing Up
      Unpopular War
      Total Communication
      Honeymooners
      Bed Peace
      Give Peace a Chance
      Impacting the White House
      War Is Over If You Want It
      A Dreamer
      John and Yoko In NYC
      Tools Against the Government
      Song for John Sinclair
      Monitoring the Opposition
      Aggressive Steps
      Harassing the Lennons
      Nutopia
      Challenging Case
      Facing Forward
      Improper Interference
      Great News
      Beautiful Boy
      Sudden Tragedy
      Worldwide Message
   Set Up
      English 5.1 (Dolby Digital)
      English 2.0 (Dolby Digital)
      English
      Spanish
      Subtitles Off
   Special Features
      Bonus Footage
         Play All
         Becoming John Lennon
         Power to the People
         Dissent vs. Disloyalty
         Then & Now
         Walter Kronkite Meets the Beatles
         The "Two Virgins" Album Cover
         "Sometime in New York"
         "Imagine"
         The One To One Benefit Concert
         Yoko Ono Lennon's Letter to the Parole Board
      Theatrical Trailer
      DVD-Rom
      Also Available From Lionsgate
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Engrossing Retrospective on John Lennon

    Stimulating documentary tells the story of John Lennon in America. Shows and gives us a feel for what was going on politically in America at the time and the feelings of Americans (not just Lennon). There is a lot of stuff in here that makes you feel like Lennon took on the US and we're better because of it. History buffs may or may not believe what they see. Bonus material is interesting, but more of the same, extending out the documentary and expounding on it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Truth Comes Out...Finally

    This documentary is one of the most interesting I've seen. The ex-government employees being interviewed tell a lot as to what really happened during the Nixon administration. Very relevant to what is currently happening in our country. All of the people interviewed are amazing. I encourage people to watch this one! We need more John Lennon's/Yoko Ono's right now. What a brave couple to speak out and act out for Peace. So sorry that his life ended too early. Give Peace A Chance Today!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Voice of Passion for Peace

    Lennon was like no other in the world of Pop music. As a writer and artist he pushed Pop music, and in particular Pop lyrics into an entirely new areana of possibilities, but this film centers on a far more important aspect of his character, and certainly more relevant today than any song could ever hope to do. Up until this film, there hasn't been anything that really addressed this facet of his peronality, and certainly none that displays the engaging passion he possesed for peace and justice. It must be sad for the generation of the 60's to see what has been happening in our country these past few years. Watching our current politicians use the same dogmatic phrases about patriotism and freedom that were used to prosecute and justify the Vietnam war. It must chill to the bone. In the 27 years since his death, there has never been a better time for Americans of all ages to see and feel the passion this man had for America. Not the imperialistic leanings that have dominated our American political scene these past few years, but for the ideals of justice and fairness that were written into our constitution. That is what this film is all about. Even if you don't agree with many of his positions, you cannot watch this film without gaining a high level of respect for Lennon as a man.

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