`John Lennon' revisits era of art and protest

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September 29, 2006|By Michael Sragow | Michael Sragow,Sun Movie Critic

The U.S. vs. John Lennon details the tumult of American society and the changes in Beatle John Lennon from 1966 to 1976, when he roamed beyond his current and then former bandmates and settled in New York City with his second wife, performance artist Yoko Ono.

As Lennon and Ono channeled their artistic energies into social protest, J. Edgar Hoover's FBI began monitoring them. At the behest of the Nixon administration and conservatives like Sen. Strom Thurmond of South Carolina, the government served them deportation orders in 1972, on the grounds that four years before Lennon had pleaded guilty to a British drug charge of possessing marijuana.

The U.S. vs. John Lennon (Lionsgate) A documentary by David Leaf and John Scheinfeld. Rated PG-13. Time 99 minutes.

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