The U.S. vs. John Lennon

The U.S. vs. John Lennon

Stew Albert
Director: David Leaf, John Scheinfeld Cast: Stew Albert
Stew Albert
, John Lennon
John Lennon
David Leaf, John Scheinfeld,

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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/13/2007
UPC: 0031398209119
Original Release: 2006
Rating: PG-13
Source: Lions Gate
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Time: 1:36:00
Sales rank: 29,026

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

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Stew Albert Actor
John Lennon Actor
Tariq Ait Ben Ali Actor
Carl Bernstein Actor
Robin Blackburn Actor
Chris Charlesworth Actor
Noam Chomsky Actor
Walter Cronkite Actor
Mario Cuomo Actor
Angela Davis Actor
John Dean Actor
Felix Dennis Actor
David Fenton Actor
Bob Gruen Actor
Ron Kovic Actor
Paul Krassner Actor
Yoko Ono Actor
G. Gordon Liddy Actor
George McGovern Actor
Elliot Mintz Actor
David Peel Actor
Dan Richter Actor
Geraldo Rivera Actor
John C. 'Jack' Ryan Actor
Bobby Seale Actor
John Sinclair Actor
Tom Smothers Actor
M. Wesley Swearington Actor
Jon Treen Actor
Gore Vidal Actor
Jon Wiener Actor
Leon Wildes Actor
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 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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The U.S. vs. John Lennon 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
LindaTerry1 More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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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