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    I saw this film about the teenage John Lennon here in Baltimore on Wednesday evening -- it has just been released in the United States although I know it is already on DVD in the UK. I thought it was pretty good, faithful to what I know of Liverpool in the late fifties and early sixties. It is though trashed in the latest issue of The New Yorker by a reviewer, Anthony Lane, who declares that "Even unobsessive Beatles fans will find much to gripe and rail at." I wonder what Yo! forum members felt about the film? As a Beatles fan myself who grew up in the south end of the city in a neighborhood similar to John and who attended to some of the same schools as did Lennon (Dovedale and Quarry) I thought the film did an excellent job of portraying the musician's early years.


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    Hi Chris,

    Nowhere Boy premiered in the UK last December. I thought it was good. And especially since a lot of the filming was actually done in the city of his birth. Some nice shots of St George's Hall, the Pier Head, and the Anglican cathedral. Lennon's portrayal , I thought, was very aggressive. I don't know what you guys made of it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dazza View Post
    Hi Chris,

    Nowhere Boy premiered in the UK last December. I thought it was good. And especially since a lot of the filming was actually done in the city of his birth. Some nice shots of St George's Hall, the Pier Head, and the Anglican cathedral. Lennon's portrayal , I thought, was very aggressive. I don't know what you guys made of it?

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    Thanks, Daz. As I say, I was pretty pleased with the film. It matched what I know about John's earlier life, and seemed true to the Liverpool of the time. I also enjoyed the location shots around Liverpool. And although the house portrayed as John's obviously was not "Mendips" on Menlove Avenue, despite the sign on the gate, I thought that otherwise the flick was worthwhile and fairly faithful to what actually happened.
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    Interestingly, I heard from several guys I went to Liverpool University with who thought it was a good representation of life in Liverpool in the 60's.

    They were not Liverpool residents, but were just there from 1965-68, so they might have had a slightly different view than those of us born in Liverpool...

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    Thanks, AZ. There's a scene in which John and his mate encounter a group of teddy boys at a bus stop next to a half-timbered building. I didn't recognize the location as Liverpool so I assume it might have been shot in some village with old architecture, maybe on the Wirral. Maybe someone knows where it was shot.
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    I have the dvd and found i t to be a good film, very funny in parts
    like the way the travel on top of buses. It is due tobe shown on
    Sky soon

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