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Take Me Home: The John Denver Story [Import]

Chad Lowe , Kristin Davis , Jerry London    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Garth Algar wants his wig back July 2 2008
By Kona TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
This biopic, based on John Denver's autobiography, will be enjoyed by hardcore fans (like me) but is still awful in many ways. The story begins in the early 60s as John (Chad Lowe, looking exactly like Dana Carvey in "Wayne's World") begins his folk singing career. He meets Annie (Kristin Davis) and falls in love on the spot. They marry and move to Aspen, but as John's career takes off, tension builds in the marriage. They divorce, he has a short second marriage, and he discovers his love of flying, something that finally earns his stern father's (Gerald McRaney) respect.

This movie is the Cliffs Notes summary of John's life but there is no depth or real emotion; it's just poorly-written and amateurish. Lowe mugs shamelessly throughout, playing a grinning innocent who never seems to grow up. (In fact, though the film covers thirty years, no one ages.) Davis is very pretty but the horrible script doesn't give her much chance to develop. McRaney plays the only character who seems real, and he's the villain of the piece.

The story is shallow and rushed; John's personality never comes through. Lowe's hair is so laughable and distracting that the movie just doesn't have a chance. Although we hear Denver sing many of his songs, Lowe is terrible at lip-syncing. The DVD extras are worthless; where's some footage of the real JD we loved?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Johns story July 13 2010
By Amazon User TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I really enjoyed this movie because I LOVE John Denver...kind of a tragic story though. Some lovely music in the movie too.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Must-have for Denver Collectors! April 12 2004
By A Customer
Format:DVD
A fascinating account of the highlights and hidden facets of the convoluted and paradoxical life of the late John Denver.
FIRST THE GOOD: It is worth owning if only for the rare insights which stem from the input of friend Hal Thau and first wife Annie. The film exemplifies the spirit-lifting optimism that made John so popular, while exploring the deep-rooted quirks in his upbringing that drove him to excel. That spirit is palpable throughout as a result of competent film-making.
NOW THE BAD: Lowe's portrayal of Denver, though done with superior attention to John's idiosyncratic gestures, still makes JD appear as a self-centered, clueless but lovable jerk with none of the poise, charm, deep introspection of his real-life counterpart. Those of us who loved John knew him as a deeply commited and thoughtful individual, little of which is evident here.
Some of the script input is obviously the result of Annie's point of view, and while fascinating, does not delve so much into John's view of the same situations. For that one will have to turn to the book on which the movie is very loosely based.
Also those that have read the book TAKE ME HOME, and are familiar with John's work will find a number of historical inaccuracies.
Despite all this I highly reccomend it to Denver fans and anyone interested in his bio. However, I would not use this DVD to introduce John Denver to someone not already familiar.
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Amazon.com: 2.6 out of 5 stars  37 reviews
87 of 93 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This "biography" is FICTION with BAD acting! Aug. 17 2004
By LSB - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
From the first minute of this so called biography, the facts have been tossed out the window. (They've got John singing "This Old Guitar" a full 10 years before he wrote it).

The list of inaccuracies is too long to list here (anyone who only saw this Movie would be shocked to learn that John has a brother! and a manager named Jerry . . . and TALENT!)

Hal Thau had a whole lot less to do with John's success than his manager Jerry Weintraub.

Flying for me was written for the Challenger Crew in 1986, not before his father died in 1982.

Geesh folks, how hard is it to check facts?

John deserved far better.

Note to Chad Lowe: John did not whine all the time and he did not writhe around on stage when he sang.

The only thing mildly amusing about this abomination is the whle 14 seconds devoted to his second marriage.

If you wanna know about John Denver, read his book, listen to his music, and watch The Wild Life Concert. THAT is John Denver.
50 of 52 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Check your facts Dec 21 2004
By Christopher M. Dolby - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
While it interesting to have some decent actors associated with this film, it is also very disheartening for any of Johns fans to see so many inaccuracies in this production. The songs are mostly all out of chronological order, and Chad Lowe trying to mime to Johns voice while "playing" unconvincing guitar, does not work. Kristen Davis does a nice job of portraying "Annie", but the film fails to capture the quality of John's music, or his deep commitment to the causes, that drove so much of his work. There is no attempt to analyse why his life became such a struggle for a man at the top of the world. If Hal Thau was indeed involved so deeply with this project, its a crying shame that so many of the production details were poorly researched. John was a highly intelligent and passionate man who spoke in Congress, and lobbyed politicians to help with his environment projects, but in this film he comes across as whinny and insipid - two things he was definately not.

The man deserved a better biopic of his fascinaing life than this tardy effort.
29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Pass this one by Nov. 25 2005
By Guitarman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
Chad Lowe's portrayal of John Denver comes off like a Saturday Night Live skit. The fake singing and phony guitar playing are very apparent. He is not believable as John Denver at all. He whine's throughout the movie. Kristen Davis is better but she can't save this disaster. This movie make's John Denver look like a total boob which he was not. Save your money on this one.
21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars John Deserved Better Jan. 4 2006
By Mary K. Ledford - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
This movie was an extremely poor attempt to chronicle the life of one of the world's foremost environmental/humanitarian educators of our time. John used his celebrity to further his beliefs and his passions and through his many admirers, those visions are being continued today. The inaccuracies are far to numerous to mention as well as mundane portrayal by Chad Lowe.

If you want to see the REAL John Denver, I suggest you purchase "Let This Be A Voice" and/or "John Denver: A Song's Best Friend."
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Take me Home (the john denver parody) Feb. 11 2007
By Chitra Selvaraj - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
I recenty viewed this film, and the entire time I was waiting for something realistic to happen. John Denver is sadly portrayed as a whimpy fool, with no strength,brains, passion for nature or writting, and no integrity.
I Think this film should have been called Annie's story, as Annie is shown as the strength behind, and dominator of his life. Not suprizing, considering the film was made after his death, and she was the chief consaultant. The film serves as a mockery of john Denver under the disguise of a dramatized biogaraphy.
To sum the film up it was poorly casted, poorly directed, presumptuous, and produced in the style of a Lifetime original movie. It might be good for a some laughs at John's expense, if you don't mind throwing away some money.
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