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John Denver achieved fame, fortune and acclaim for his soaring music, but his sunny personality masked private pain and dark secrets that his celebrity could never heal. His relationship with his father was as challenging as the mountains he sang about. The sweetness of his love songs disguised the turbulence in his marriage and as musical tastes changed, he found himself trapped in a spiral of destructiveness. Chad Lowe and Kristin Davis star in this gripping drama about his life, which features 15 of Denver's original recordings. Experience his unlikely rise to stardom - and the music that lives on after his tragic death.
Whatever one thinks of John Denver's music, this 2000 biopic is an effective, emotionally compelling drama that's hard to shake. Chad Lowe may not look or sound all that much like the late, Colorado troubadour, but his tender performance as the idealistic and troubled singer-songwriter pulls at the heart with unexpected vigor. Based on Denver's autobiography of the same title, the film begins in the mid-'60s, when the rising star embarked on a solo career much to the chagrin of his military father (Gerald R. McRaney) and the delight of his new wife, Annie (Kristin Davis). The story of Denver's fame and success is thoroughly covered, but so are behind-the-scenes details about marital strain, Denver's growing alcoholism and curious isolation, and his interrupted dream of developing a world-class retreat for environmentalists. This is a real paradox: a sad tale of a man whose natural high kept so many hurt and doubting people going. --Tom Keogh
Chad Lowe ... John Denver
Kristin Davis ... Annie Denver
Gerald McRaney ... Dutch
Brian Markinson ... Hal Thau
Susan Hogan ... Irma
Wezley Morris ... Zak
Stefanie Walmsley ... Anna Kate
Gage Giles ... Young John Denver