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A film about Mark David Chapman in the days leading up to the infamous murder of Beatle John Lennon.



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A film about Mark David Chapman in the days leading up to the infamous murder of Beatle John Lennon.

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He came to New York to meet John Lennon...and the world changed forever See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

15 December 2007 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Capítulo 27  »

Box Office


CAD 5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$13,910 (USA) (28 March 2008)


$55,704 (USA) (2 May 2008)

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Jared Leto gained 67 pounds for the role. At times he was confined to a wheelchair due to so much added weight. See more »


[first lines]
Mark David Chapman: I believe in Holden Caulfield. And in the book, and what he was saying, what he was saying to a lost generation of phony people.
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Crazy Credits

In the credits, all of the people are credited for their characters, however the final listings are as follows: John Lennon..................Mark Lindsay Chapman and Jared Leto See more »


Featured in Siskel & Ebert: Episode dated 29 March 2008 (2008) See more »


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Written by Marvin Brodie and Johnny Marks
Performed by Chuck Berry
Published by St. Nicholas Music Inc. (ASCAP)
Courtesy of Geffen Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Excellent portrayals of both Chapman and Lennon
11 July 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Step into the mind of a deranged stalker…Listen to the tortured, obsessive, thoughts as he rambles on and on.

That's the premise of this strange but well-done film about the man who killed John Lennon. If you're looking for a good date movie, forget it—unless your date is a forensic psychologist or a CSI fan. This film is not "entertainment." The director's intent was to explore the internal state of Mark David Chapman in the three days leading up to his murder of Lennon.

For those who are upset that this film was ever made, be assured that it in no way glorifies Chapman. Though the director wants us to empathize, i.e., understand the mind of the killer, he does not try for sympathy. Chapman is presented as the pathetic loser he actually was. Jared Leto, who gained 60 pounds for the role (the resemblance is eerie) gives us a portrayal of a weird, annoying pest. So annoying in fact that it's hard to believe that Jude, the Lindsay Lohan character (who may nor may not have existed), would want to pal around with him. I guess she is supposed to feel sorry for him.

The other Chapman—Mark Lindsay Chapman (no comment on the name, that's been done to death, pardon the expression, elsewhere) is equally good in his all too brief role as John Lennon. As the director, J.P. Shaefer, has said elsewhere, he wanted someone to play Lennon as a real person, not an icon. Mark Lindsay Chapman's portrayal is down-to-earth and matter of fact—just like the real Lennon. He sounds eerily like the real Lennon too. MLC is a brilliant choice and cosmically appropriate. He was chosen from a field of 200 to play Lennon in a TV movie back in 1988 (when he was calling himself Mark Lindsay). When Yoko Ono found out his real name, she fired him—bad karma. Now it has come full circle and MLC finally gets to play the role--almost as if it was his destiny.

The film is somewhat artsy (which is both good and bad) but it is fairly good at capturing the essence the obsessive stalker mentality. Leto is excellent in the role, making you believe that you are actually seeing Mark David Chapman. But if you want to know why he did it, you'll have to look elsewhere. It does not explore Chapman's background—his religious fanaticism, his teenage obsession with Lennon, or the crushing disappointment when Lennon announced jokingly that the Beatles were more popular than Jesus.

Chapter 27 won't be everyone's cup of mocha latte. It's disturbing and weird—just like Mark David Chapman. It's not a film you will "like," but it is a film that you may find interesting. It may not give insight in to the "why" but it does paint a striking picture of the "how." Arcania

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