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From pop star to anti-war activist

October 03, 2006|by KELSEY LIDZ

Review

"The U.S. vs. John Lennon" is a documentary that looks specifically at the provocative opinions that John Lennon spoke publicly and influentially about from 1960s to his death in 1980.

Because it is so direct in its objective, the film is powerful and thought provoking. It looks directly at the horrifying reality of war, the scandal of the President Richard Nixon's administration, and demonstrations by Americans striving for peace as opposed to violence.

This documentary particularly moves me as a teenager because it was the younger population of the 1960s that swayed toward Lennon's ideas, songs and preaching. When Lennon's message hit the United States, millions of people, especially young people, protested for peace and stood against the Vietnam War.

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The youth of America took a stand and became involved in the politics of their country. Because of Lennon's visibility in the peace movement, the American government felt Lennon was a big threat. Nixon feared he would not be re-elected when 18- to 21-year-olds were allowed to vote.

The movie draws undeniable parallels between then and now - between the Nixon administration and the President George W. Bush's administration, between the Vietnam War and the war on terrorism.

What is different is how people, especially the youth of America, are dealing with these problems now verses then. John Lennon stood up for peace, and a lot of America stood with him. The documentary shows what a vast effect this had on the country.

"The U.S. vs. John Lennon" keeps Lennon's message alive at a time when America's youth might need a reminder.

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