The Beatles said that Harry Nilsson was their favorite American musician. Nilsson won two Grammys® and was the recipient of seventeen gold records, yet he is relatively unknown today. Who is Harry Nilsson?, a wildly entertaining, star-studded documentary, tells the story of one of the most talented singer-songwriters in pop music history. His hits included the Grammy® winning “Everybody’s Talkin'” and “Without You,” as well as “Coconut” and “One (Is the Loneliest Number).” Nilsson also created the children’s film “The Point”, an animated classic that has achieved cult status.

This film reveals to what extent his personal life was as complex and contradictory as his music, from his spirited relationship with John Lennon to his close bond with Ringo Starr.

Director John Scheinfeld (The U.S. vs. John Lennon) paints a detailed and revelatory portrait of an extraordinary artist featuring over fifty Nilsson recordings, as well as rare or never-before-seen film clips, home movies, photos from the Nilsson family album and interviews with those who knew him well. As film reviewer Leonard Maltin noted, “Who is Harry Nilsson? is a vivid portrait of a gifted man… what a great reminder of his talent.”

Star-studded interviews with Randy Newman, Yoko Ono, Ringo Star, The Smothers Brothers, Three Dog Nights, Terry Gilliam, Brian Wilson, Robin Williams, Eric Idle and many more serve to paint the picture. The result is “Everything a great documentary needs to be” – Ain’t It Cool News.

The physical media version (avail on DVD and Bluray) includes originally deleted scenes as well as a music video for “Loneliness” with an introduction by Yoko Ono.

Music documentary / 116 minutes / 2010 / A film by John Scheinfeld


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