The U.S. vs. John Lennon is based on some scary nonfiction--the publicly disclosed FBI files on "peacenik" and famous Beatle John Lennon, who was monitored closely by the Nixon Administration. It's laughable but true: While Lennon was meeting with radicals and organizing concerts, spooks were tapping his phone and forcing his deportation.
This is an in-depth look at the unsettling power of government, no matter how democratic.

Participants of the peace movement--including Yoko Ono herself--give frank and funny commentary, but original footage of Lennon is the main source of devastating humor and intellect. The movie creeps along at times with extraneous material, but it succeeds in doing something unique, by filtering a time of turmoil through the experience of one of the most fascinating artists of our time. Lennon always wanted us to see the world through his eyes, and he succeeds once again.
--Dezhda Mountz

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