Danny Collins

7.01 h 47 min2015X-RayR
Al Pacino stars as an aging 1970s rocker who can't give up his hard-living ways. But when his manager uncovers a 40-year-old undelivered letter written to him by John Lennon, he changes course and embarks on a heartfelt journey.
Dan Fogelman
Al PacinoAnnette BeningJennifer Garner
ComedyDramaMusic Videos and Concerts
English [CC]
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4.3 out of 5 stars

3837 global ratings

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Ellen SchwartzReviewed in the United States on November 15, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
This is a must-watch film.
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I'm not a movie reviewer, and I with Amazon would just let me assign stars and be done with it. But I liked Danny Collins so much I am putting up with the imposition. So I'll try, but I'll fail. Every time I recommend this film to a friend -- and I have done that every chance I've had since watching it -- my descriptions make it sound either sappy and melodramatic, or in poor taste, or clownish. But it's the opposite of all those things, but I don't know how to convey it. Okay, maybe this: it's a lightweight film done excellently by consummate professionals. Pacino has been working his whole life toward this role. If you liked "Scent of a Woman", you'll like "Danny Collins." If you didn't like "Scent of a Woman", you'll still like "Danny Collins." This is Pacino being Pacino, but at his very best. Annette Bening is the perfect counterpoint to Pacino's character -- sane, not taken in by him, her character has enough respect for herself and him not to become another one of his bimboes. And then there's Bobby Canavale -- I've never seen him like this, perfect in the role of the abandoned son. And the granddaughter -- well she is my only concern in the whole film. She is a delight, smart way beyond her years, a six-year-old with the vocabulary to beat most adults, but just a little girl, cute and curious. The parents say she has Attention Deficit Disorder and needs special ed. I'm no expert, but even though she gets wound up and "can't stop talking", she didn't convince me that she was exhibiting a pathology. I was thinking more like, she needs more challenging books to read, and maybe more challenging people to converse with. But maybe I'm wrong about that.
Patricia SheehanReviewed in the United States on November 3, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
I liked this movie so well I asked my daughter to get it for me for Christmas
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I loved this movie. It's based (loosely) on a true story about a young musician who expressed concern in an interview with a music magazine that success would have a negative impact on his art. When he read the article, John Lennon disagreed and sent a handwritten letter to the young musician in care of the writer at the magazine. In the letter John voiced assurances that success did not necessarily lead to loss of music expression and included his home phone number so the young man could call him and they could talk. Unfortunately, the writer of the article never forwarded the letter to the musician, choosing instead to keep it for himself. It wasn't until many years later that a collector of Beatles memorabilia who had bought the letter after the writer passed away sent a copy of it to the artist. What the movie does is pose the question, what impact would receiving that letter have made on Danny Collin's life? In the movie Danny is a famous rock star played by Al Pacino, who, ironically enough, changed his music to achieve success rather than it happening the other way around. The impact of receiving the letter is that it makes Pacino reevaluate his self absorbed lifestyle. A fine cast with Pacino as Danny Collins, Annette Benning as his leading lady, Bobby Cannavale as his son, and Jennifer Garner as his daughter-in-law. The little girl who plays Al Pacino's granddaughter is surprisingly good. Sprinkled throughout the movie are many favorite songs by John Lennon which makes it a real joy to listen to as well as watch.
CarolinaReviewed in the United States on December 13, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Hey, baby doll, I loved this movie!
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Extraordinarily breathtaking Acting! Wonderful, touching plot! Loved it to the bits and pieces.
And, I watched it again. And again. And ...again. I just finished watching it for the 8th time. This movie has become a member of my family, this is how I feel. The harmony, the touching exchange between the characters is absolutely exceptional! Each and every one of them contributed immensely to this jewel. I cried each and every time, I laughed and sang this silly song for days in a row after watching the movie. I even caught the very smart bit (bravo, Al!) with Olivia Pacino. What a great dad you are! My fave scene: oh, it's so hard to pick one, but here you go: the "tennis match" between Danny and Mary, which I call it "The Pattern". The second fave one is the end. Bob Cannavale is captivating! Jennifer Garner -- you are such a talented actress! and you also are angelical beautiful ! Katarina Cas, is doing an excellent job, I fell in love with her talent (because I didn't see her before in any movies), my fave part: where she props her fingers (hands) on her hand to express a situation (no spoiler here). And those cute and with a perfect smile teenagers, the kids at the hotel --- so charismatic! Excellent, excellent cast!, thank you, Mindy Marin !!! Exceptional movie! I love Pacino even more -- if that's even remotely possible. I love you, Al, thanks for your movies! May you live forever!!!
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Mr. CakeReviewed in the United States on November 6, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
Good movie for the heart!!
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Everyone needs a hero every once in awhile to fulfill a need and that same person who was needy at one point in their life can be the hero to someone else if for only a moment they take their eyes off themselves and consider the pain of others. The greatest high a person can have is sacrificing themselves for others. Self indulgence is a sickness, sacrificing for the want of others who are in need is the cure. It is amazing that some writer in Hollywood had the insight to write a beautiful story about second chances and third chances. Al Pacino is Al Pacino and this was perfect story for him to tell. This movie was good to the last drop. Never give up, stay in the fight and keep trying. This movie is also about addictions which all addictions begin with the need to fill that in yourself called loneliness. Ask the Lord to take away that loneliness and He will and fill you with the Holy Spirit and you will never be alone again and because the Lord is with you and you are going to Heaven then there is nothing in this world to be afraid of because God has your back always. So live your life as the hero because someone needs you out there.
ann c.Reviewed in the United States on April 10, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
For some reason John Lennon's brilliant & timeless music felt more profound than ever before
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Kudos to the entire cast, the story-line, dialog & etc.,etc.! For some reason John Lennon's brilliant & timeless music felt more profound than ever before, like it was given new life, it was fresh & crystal clear. Also, it was piped in with precision timing & never felt like his music was being exploited. While I haven't read or heard anything about this flick, I realized at the end that the real Danny Collins was Irish /English therefore I suspect some may take issue w/ a completely Americanized depiction. Perhaps there's a British version, I'll check. Anyway, I was so thrilled to find (by happy accident) this most enjoyable little gem! There seems to be an endless sea of unappealing & more often than not, disappointing movies & tv shows, one grows quite weary at the very prospect of sieving through. That said, to finally find some quality viewing was a delightful and rewarding surprise! A final added note; I've never personally been a big Pacino fan but I have to say I'm impressed w/ his willingness to do his own vocals which were about as pitiful as my own. It took guts & a humility I truly felt he did not possess as well as true professionalism!
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crosscountrymanReviewed in the United States on December 18, 2015
4.0 out of 5 stars
The best part of this film is the background music by ...
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The best part of this film is the background music by John Lennon! The acting and portrayal of the main character is nuanced and varies from eliciting commiseration to disgust for anyone like me in real recovery from the disease of addiction. I find it difficult to forgive Danny's in and out again attempts to be a "real Dad and Grandpa", but then a lot of that is his failure to stay in Sobriety. For all of us who engage in the day to day struggle to overcome the addictions of substance use and abuse, this film does nothing to encourage us to continue in that work. And, it is work to be true to yourself, which apparently Danny wasn't able to follow through on! How sad and it's a commentary on hiow the mighty, rich and famous fail in this world to set an honest path to redemption. Money can't buy you love or forgiveness for Sin; ONLY Jesus CHRIST CAN, BUT YOU HAVE GOTTA WANNA!
PawPawRonReviewed in the United States on February 22, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great Heart Tugging Film With A Story Line That Is Outstanding
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My Wife was not sure about this one at the start. She said we can watch it for 10-15 minutes and turn something else on if it isn't any good. Five minutes in and she (and I) were hooked. What a GREAT story, yes, maybe loosely based on real life, but one that if it does not tug at your heart, then I am not sure what type of film will.

The film is not just about an aging rock star, it is so much more. All the actors give outstanding performances and Al Pacino provides one of his best performances in a human interest story.

Definitely recommended and one that I could watch a 2nd time which is something I do not often do.
PHDReviewed in the United States on November 10, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
Hell of a movie
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Hell of a movie. First thought after reading the movie details and cast was "Al Pacino as rock star? No freakin' way." Crap, he pulled it off masterfully. I bought what this movie was selling and by the time the movie wrapped up I found myself rewinding it to make sure that I hadn't missed anything. There's always a "but" somewhere, and here is no different. They make him too flawless of a rocker (ok, the cocaine, the fake drunken stooper). He's too bright and coherent. He's also too guruish (peace & love). What happened to the air-headed enlightenment of an elder rocker or the coo coo bird philosophical/geo-political wittiness? The movie is too good to slight that 1/3 of the 5th star. Having a short cast (which worked well--straight to the point) that carries the entire movie makes you feel that these actors are as good as billed. ATTENTION HOLLYWOOD! STOP MAKING FAKE EMOTIONAL MOVIES WITH HAPPY ENDINGS. I KNOW EVERYTHING IS GOING TO BE ALRIGHT AT THE END OF THE MOVIE *Side-bar* I've just read that Yoko Ono's input required that the movie have a message of peace. Hell of a movie.
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