Nowhere Boy

Synopsis: The story of John Lennon's childhood and teenage years from 1944 to 1960, his relationship with his aunt Mimi and his mother Julia -the two dominant women in the first part of his life-, his first meeting with Paul McCartney and George Harrison, their friendship, their love for music and the birth of The Beatles.
Director(s): Sam Taylor-Johnson
Production: Weinstein Company
  Nominated for 3 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 6 wins & 18 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
98 min

Do I ignore you? No.

So please don't ignore me.

I have called you twice.



Eh? Very expensive.

- Really?

- No.

First lesson, front room,

eight o'clock tonight. Don't be late.

# Well, I'm just out of school

I'm real, real cool

# I got the jump, got the jive

Got the message I'm alive

Glasses, John!

Glasses, John!

# I'm gonna keep a-shakin'

I'm gonna keep a-moving, baby

# Don't you cramp my style

I'm a real wild child

# Come on, baby, shake all night long

# Shake until the meat

come off the bone

# Cos I'm a wild one

# Ooh, yeah, I'm a wild one

Hey, Tarbuck. Keep out of the chippie,

you fat bastard.

- Lennon, you prick!

- He thinks he's hard.

He couldn't batter a fish!


Marie, my angel face.

Show us your jugs.

Cock off, Lennon!

Or cock out?

# Sugar, now don't be late

# We're gonna move it all night long

# Ooh, yeah, I'm a wild one

# I'm gonna keep a-shakin'

Gonna keep a-moving baby

# Don't you cramp my style

I'm a real wild child

# Whoa

You'll be lucky to find a job on the

docks because you're going nowhere.

Here at Quarry Bank generally...


Is "nowhere" full of geniuses, sir?

Because then I probably do belong there.

# But I'm a wild one

Ooh, yeah, I'm a wild one

# I'm gonna keep a-shakin'

Gonna keep a-moving, baby

# Don't you cramp my style

I'm a real wild child

# I'm a real wild child

I'm a real wild child

# I'm a real wild child

There we go.

Stand by your beds.

And so, Judgement Day.

- Go on.

- Watch it.

- What?

- You're standing on it.

Come here. Hey!

Hey, mind the walls.

- Got you!

- Mimi!

Mimi, he's hurting me!

It works!

Mimi, it works!

Can we turn it over,

see if something else is on?

No, John,

we do not turn Tchaikovsky over.

We'll slide the cockpit open

to see what's wrong.

Good evening.

It ain't half cold out here.

- What's that?

- It ain't half cold out here.

Hey, hey, come on, cheeky git.

- You'll get me in trouble.

- Yeah, well, you're always in trouble.

- What, with Mimi? Don't be daft.

- She never looks happy.

Ever been married to me?

Right, now, go on, you're missing

your show and I'm missing me pub.

- What's this one?

- Don't touch it!

Ooh, it's the ejector seat.

Come back, where are you?

Uncle George?

- Mimi, we were only mucking about.

- He's just had a fall.

There's nothing to see.

Stop fussing, he'll be right as rain.

- But, Mimi...

- Stay here, we'll be back soon enough.


He's dead.

Please, let's not be silly, hmm?

If you want to do that,

you go to your room.

It's just the two of us now

so let's get on with it, shall we?

God will show us

the path of life.

In His presence is the fullness of joy.

At his right hand,

there is pleasure for evermore. George.

Give thanks for his life

and comfort one another in our grief.

Fancy Blackpool tomorrow?

Play the arcades, go on some rides.

I don't need looking after, Stan.

I know. I'm just asking

if you want to go to Blackpool.

He was my uncle, too.

Yeah, but he was more than

just an uncle to me, wasn't he?

You saw her, too, right?

The one with the red hair?

Where is she now?

Do you want me to ask Aunt Mimi?

John wants to know where Aunt Julia is.

She was busy, apparently.

Things to do.

You should call her Mum, you know.

The one with the red hair.


- John, have you got your glasses?

- They're in my pocket.

And is your pocket blind?

Now, you will be careful, hmm?

Be careful who you talk to.

It's only Blackpool, Mimi.

I found out where your mum lives.

- You wanted to see her, right?

- Yeah, but...

- We don't have to.

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Matt Greenhalgh

Matthew Greenhalgh (born 1972) is an English screenwriter from Manchester, England. He is best known for writing the screenplay to the film Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool, which earned him a BAFTA Award nomination Best Adapted Screenplay. more…

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