Danny Collins

Danny Collins Release Date: March 20, 2015

Inspired by a true story, Al Pacino stars as aging 1970s rocker Danny Collins, who can’t give up his hard-living ways.

But when his manager (Christopher Plummer) uncovers a 40 year-old undelivered letter written to him by John Lennon, he decides to change course and embarks on a heartfelt journey to rediscover his family, find true love and begin a second act.

Danny Collins was originally set up at Warner Bros and set to star Steve Carell before going into turnaround in 2011.

By Audrey Shine (Wild About Movies resident critic)

Remember why you loved movies with Al Pacino?  And remember why Al is thought to be one of the greatest actors of all time?  “Danny Collins” will remind you quickly.

This movie resonates with baby boomers, x generation, millenials – just about everyone.  It speaks to the joys and problems of each of these groups without preaching or sugar coating.

Danny Collins is at the end of his career. He is  caught in an endless cycle of crowd pleasing, money making tours and has lost his artistic edge.  He has romantic disappointments, self destructive vices, family issues,  money problems, more charm than humanly possible and a heart of gold.  But this is no average soap opera plot.  It is so well written, acted and directed – that the movie shines.

This is an all star cast and doesn’t disappoint. Christopher Plummer, as Danny’s manager,  gets my vote for Best Supporting Actor right now.  This may be a star turn for Bobby Cannavale, who has been a familiar face on TV and films, but seldom the center attraction.  Annette Bening and Jennifer Garner are perfect, as you would expect.  But it is Al Pacino who really brings the movie it’s verve and vivality, living the audience satisfied, with the imperfections and possibilities of their lives and ours.

A note on the score – it is real John Lennon.   Yoko Ono gave the writer and  director, Jon Fogelman, permission to use the actual tracks.  It was absolutely wonderful to hear it again and a perfect backdrop to the plot and feeling of the movie.
Be sure to stay for the credits when the real incident of John Lennon’s letter is revealed.

Watch the Danny Collins trailer below.

Danny Collins Trailer

Starring: Melissa Benoist,Al Pacino,Jennifer Garner,Josh Peck,Bobby Cannavale,Annette Bening,Christopher Plummer,Aarti Mann,Katarina Cas,Anne McDaniels,Eric Lange,Michael Patrick McGill,Brian Smith,Giselle Eisenberg,Cassandra Starr,Scott Lawrence,Linda Wang,Meghan Aruffo,Kiff VandenHeuvel,Kodi Baker,Tim Jo,Ron Bottitta,Laura Krystine,Eric Newnham,Justin Sandler,Richard Allan Jones,Eric Michael Roy,Julia Eisenberg,Romina Laino,Patrick Pedraza
Genres: ComedyDrama
Directed By: Dan Fogelman
Runtime: 106 minutes
Studio: Bleecker Street
Total Box Office: 5.3 MIL
MPAA Rating R