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Danny Collins (2015)



Critic Consensus: Thanks to Al Pacino's stirring central performance - and excellent work from an esteemed supporting cast -- Danny Collins manages to overcome its more predictable and heavy-handed moments to deliver a heartfelt tale of redemption.

Movie Info

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. -- (C) Bleecker Street Mediamore
Rating: R (for language, drug use and some nudity)
Genre: Drama, Musical & Performing Arts, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Dan Fogelman
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 30, 2015
Bleecker Street Films - Official Site


Al Pacino
as Danny Collins
Annette Bening
as Mary Sinclair
Jennifer Garner
as Samantha Leigh Donne...
Bobby Cannavale
as Tom Donnelly
Christopher Plummer
as Frank Grubman
Giselle Eisenberg
as Hope Donnelly
Josh Peck
as Nicky Ernst
Scott Lawrence
as Dr. Ryan Kurz
Nick Offerman
as Guy DeLoach
Eric Schneider
as Young Danny Collins
Davide Donatiello
as Young Danny Collins
Eric Lange
as Dr. Silverman
Joshua Sternlicht
as Josh the Bartender
Tim Jo
as Tim
Hiroshi Morotomi
as Autograph Seeker
Margy Stein
as Hotel Bar Patron
Hiroshi Moroto
as Autograph Seeker
Eric Daniel Newnham
as Hotel Bar Patron
Francine Levinson
as Night Club Fan
Hal Alpert
as Night Club Fan
Henri C. Wittelsohn
as Night Club Fan
Patrick Kudej
as Chime in Magazine In...
Carmel Echols
as Danny's Background S...
Judith Hill
as Danny's Background S...
Kari Kimmel
as Danny's Background S...
Don Was
as Danny's Band
C.J. Vanston
as Danny's Band
Kenny Aronoff
as Danny's Band
Tim Pierce
as Danny's Band
Mindi Abair
as Danny's Band
Bill Cantos
as Danny's Band
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Critic Reviews for Danny Collins

All Critics (122) | Top Critics (35)

Danny Collins is, at times, an engaging and downright hilarious comedy drama that will have you laughing through the tears but this is simply owing to the sublime performances from its cast...

Full Review… | May 12, 2016
Film Ireland Magazine

There's undeniable humanity and gentle humor running through this tale of redemption.

Full Review… | April 22, 2016

Even if Pacino's singing voice leaves much to desired, his performance doesn't. Much like the film itself, it's all in the execution.

Full Review… | April 9, 2016

There is so much goodwill in Danny Collins that even its characters' struggles are made to feel frothy.

Full Review… | April 6, 2016
South China Morning Post

Al Pacino gives it his barnstorming all.

Full Review… | January 1, 2016
The Arts Desk

This lost-letter episode actually happened to British folk musician Steve Tilston - who seems more grounded, and more interesting, than the caricature that is Danny Collins.

Full Review… | January 1, 2016
SF Weekly

Audience Reviews for Danny Collins


"Danny Collins" has Al Pacino at his best in years as the title role, and boy did I not expect this movie to be so great. I have seen biopics about rockstars of the past before and most of them turn out to be a little pretentious and overdone, but not this picture. Filled with wit, heart, real human drama, and a lot of love, "Danny Collins" is a terrific film. I do wish the film explored a little more of him personally, rather than his sons family, but that is me just being nit-picky. This is a terrific film from start to finish, filled with great music and superb performances all around. I really believed Bobby Carnavale as Al Pacino's son in this film. "Danny Collins" is one of the most heartwarming stories of 2015, and Al Pacino deserves every bit of praise he is receiving for his portrayal of Mr. Collins. This film moved me.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

A real crowd-pleaser. A beautifully crafted and handsomely performed film. Al Pacino gives one of his best performances in years. A true star in top form delivering humor and charm.

Al S

Super Reviewer

Inspired by a true story, Danny Collins is a fun comedy that delivers some good laughs. After receiving a letter from John Lennon 37 years late, washed up rock star Danny Collins decides to make some changes to his life, and begins by reconnecting with his estranged son; which lead him to start to write music again. Starring Al Pacino, Annette Bening, Bobby Cannavale, and Jennifer Garner, the film has a solid cast. However, the plot's a little formulaic; with all the standard tropes about fallen rock stars and estranged fathers and sons. Yet they kind of work, and made for some touching moments. While it may want for originality, Danny Collins an entertaining and heartfelt film about second chances.

Dann Michalski
Dann Michalski

Super Reviewer

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