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Jonas Ball ... Mark Chapman
Mie Omori ... Gloria Chapman
Krisha Fairchild ... Chapman's Mother
Gail Kay Bell ... Psychiatrist
Gunter Stern ... Psych
Tom Zolandz ... Goresh
Joe Abbate ... Cab Driver

Hernan Lucero ... Doorman (as Hernan C. Lucero)
Dean Goldman ... Doorman

Robert C. Kirk ... Detective John Sullivan
Richard Padro ... Sheriff
Anthony Solis ... Gun Salesman
Sofia Dubrawsky ... Jude
Richard Sherman ... Lennon UK
Tom J. Raider ... Lennon US
Yuka Sonobe ... Yoko UK

Yan Xi ... Yoko US
Sarah Jo Jones ... Girlfriend
Tony Pascarella ... Cab Driver
Zero Angelo Laprest ... Scientologist

Howard Bishop ... Chapman's Father

Eric Nemoto ... Doctor
Makana ... Beach Boy
Jane Fox ... Prostitute (as Vera Felice)
J. Francis Curley ... Security Guard (as J. Francis Curly)

I.N. Sierros ... Reporter (as John Sierros)
Ben Killberg ... Reporter

Thomas A. McMahon ... Spiro (as Tom Macmahon)
Robert Scott ... Cullen
Rick Tashima ... Travel Agent
Peniamina Malufau ... Security Guard

Alan Adler ... Officer (as Allan Adler)
Chuck Schnetzer ... Officer
John Watson ... Officer
James Campion ... Officer

Jamie Harris ... Gay Man

Tony Spinosa ... Gay Man
Nicole Delorey ... Recordshop Girl
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
James Hadde ... Scientologist (uncredited)

Zero Kazama ... Scientologist Leader (uncredited)

Ryan O'Connell ... Police Officer (uncredited)

Joe Rosario ... Police Inspector (uncredited)

Directed by
Andrew Piddington 
Writing credits
Andrew Piddington (written by)

Produced by
Roger Carey .... co-executive producer
Peter Kershaw .... executive producer
Rod Pearson .... executive producer
Joe Shashou .... co-executive producer
Rakha Singh .... producer
Sabrina Tubio-Cid .... line producer
Original Music by
Martin Kiszko 
Cinematography by
Roger Eaton 
Film Editing by
Jon Costelloe (additional editing)
Tony Palmer 
Casting by
Doreen Frumkin 
Production Design by
Tora Peterson 
Art Direction by
Anu Schwartz 
Christopher Stanback  (as Skeeter Stanback)
Costume Design by
Michael Bevins 
Makeup Department
Loretta Alston .... hair stylist: New York
Loretta Alston .... makeup artist: New York
Joanne Ottaviano .... makeup artist
Debra Rego .... hair stylist: Hawaii
Debra Rego .... makeup artist: Hawaii
Lotus Seki .... makeup artist and wardrobe: Hawaii location
Production Management
Tom Emery .... unit production manager (as Tommy Emery)
Connie Florez .... pre-production manager
Susan Harris .... unit production manager
Charlotte Piddington .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Nick Justin .... first assistant director
Jeffrey Lazar .... first assistant director (as Jeff Lazar)
Scott Lazar .... second assistant director
Scott Markus .... second assistant director: Hawaii
Tristan Prescott .... first assistant director
George Russell .... first assistant director
Sound Department
Julie Ankerson .... foley artist
Ben Brazier .... sound editor
Kevin Brazier .... supervising sound editor
Robert Brazier .... foley editor
Gregory Doi .... sound mixer
Craig Feldman .... boom operator
John Fewell .... foley artist
Mathew Knights .... sound re-recording mixer
Colin Martin .... sound re-recording mixer
Chris Roberts .... dialogue editor
Louise Sinclair .... sound effects editor
Anna Sulley .... sound effects editor
Dane Thomsen .... sound mixer
Visual Effects by
Louie Alexander .... titles designer: Framestore-CFC
Ben Baker .... head of digital lab: Framestore CFC
Turea Blyth .... visual effects editorial: Framestore
Andy Burrow .... scanning and recording manager: Framestore CFC
Eric D'Souza .... digital lab engineer: Framestore CFC
Jerome Dewhurst .... digital lab engineer: Framestore CFC
Richard Edwards .... data operator: Framestore CFC
Joe Godfrey .... conform editor: Framestore CFC
Charlie Habanananda .... conform editor: Framestore CFC
Alistair Hamer .... film mastering engineer
Adam Hawkes .... title designers: Framestore-CFC
Jan Hogevold .... executive producer: Framestore CFC
John Inch .... retouch and restoration: Framestore/CFC
Yan Jennings .... film mastering engineer: Framestore CFC
David Johnston .... data operator
David Johnston .... visual effects
Rafiqur Khan .... data operator: Framestore CFC
Brian Krijgsman .... colourist: Framestore CFC
Aaron Lear .... retouch and restoration: Framestore CFC
Esme Long .... production assistant: Framestore CFC
Kevin Lowery .... film mastering engineer: Framestore CFC
Veronica Marcano .... scanning and recording operator: Framestore
Mike Morrison .... digital intermediate producer: Framestore CFC
Ian Redmond .... digital lab engineer: Framestore CFC
Jimmy Saul .... scanning and recording: Framestore CFC
Nick Stanley .... retouch and restoration
Odean Thompson .... retouch and restoration: Framestore-CFC
Simon Wessely .... head of data operations: Framestore CFC
Francesca Canducci .... retouch and restoration (uncredited)
Joji Yoshida .... stunt driver
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert Campbell .... grip
Pete Carrier .... gaffer: UK
David Churchyard .... second assistant camera
Ron Condon .... steadicam operator
Joseph Czerw .... key grip: New York
Joe Foley .... gaffer
John J. Galloway .... assistant camera
Scott Lisetor .... key grip
Bill Maheras .... gaffer: Hawaii
Colin Oberschmidt .... first assistant camera
Urszula Pontikos .... assistant camera
Frank Stubblefield .... gaffer: New York
Waris Supanpong .... assistant camera
Jason Vandermer .... additional first assistant camera
Nathan Wiley .... first assistant camera
Casting Department
George Russell .... casting: Hawaii
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ric Renae Hughes .... set costumer
Janet Jordan .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Mike Morrison .... digital intermediate producer
Vaughn Mullady .... negative cutter
Music Department
Don Gallacher .... music supervisor
David Hamill .... co-orchestrator
David Hamill .... digital programmer
Martin Kiszko .... conductor
Martin Kiszko .... orchestrator
Other crew
John Baker .... armourer: BaptyUK
Katri Billard .... script supervisor
Rebecca Breckel .... script supervisor
Shannon Dennard .... location manager: New York
Connie Florez .... key location scout
Diane Frauenholz .... script supervisor
Hannah Judah .... assistant to producer
Gerry Kaman .... location manager: Hawaii
Jennifer Kennedy .... production assistant
Crystal Kenrick .... production assistant
Lisa M. Mundy .... production secretary: New York
Bill Stephens Nexus .... producers consultant
Michael Tarat .... publicist
Peter M. Kershaw .... special thanks (as Peter Kershaw)
David Mowbray .... thanks
Vanessa Myrie .... thanks

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114 min
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Errors in geography: During his first taxi ride in New York, they are driving through Times Square and Chapman eventually is dropped off at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. During the ride, the driver says they're about to pass John Lennon's home, but the Dakota building is on Central Park West and 72 Street. Times Square is in the lower to mid 40s at 7th Avenue and Broadway and the Waldorf-Astoria is on Park Avenue in the upper 40s, so to get there all you have to do is go across town a few blocks. The taxi never would be anywhere near the Dakota.See more »
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14 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
The first celebrity stalker, 6 February 2007
Author: Camera Obscura from The Dutch Mountains

Seen at the IFF Rotterdam, 1 February 2007.

Expecting little more than an arty exercise in film-making, this turned out to be an exceptional film. Despite its low-budget, this independent feature is a supremely well-made, handsomely filmed and fascinating psychological journey into Mark Chapman's twisted mindset, from his background in Hawaii till his dramatic encounter with John Lennon outside the Dakota building.

Piddington largely based the film on Chapman's detailed diary entries and makes extensive use of voice-over, turning the film into an almost dream-like experience. Shot entirely on locations in Hawaii, Georgia and New York, it's remarkable how he achieved to give the locale - New York in particular - the necessary sleazy and grim 1980 look. In one scene, we see Manhattan through the dirty windows of a taxi cab. When looking carefully, some modern cars can be spotted and some modern neon signs, not around in 1980, but the photography is such, even these small anomalies don't matter at all.

Newcomer Jonas Ball captivates completely as Mark Chapman, filled with narcissistic resentment and anger, desperately looking for a way out of Honolulu, destined to make some kind of claim to the outside world. Although we know exactly what's going to happen, his every encounter he has becomes frightening, even when we know the only person he ever harmed was Lennon. When he picks up a copy of J.D. Salinger's "A Catcher in the Rye", this becomes his everyday bible and its main protagonist, Holden Caulfield's, loathing of 'phoneys', leads Chapman to think Lennon is the biggest phoney of all.

In an interesting Q & A with the director afterwards, Piddington said he based everything on firm, hard evidence and tried to make the film as factually accurate as possible. He even challenged the audience to find factual errors in the film. Not that factual accuracy is that important to me, but he surely set out to make this with a clear factual approach, largely based on press cuttings, police files and books about Chapman.

One of the interesting things about Chapman's psychology is that he didn't have a lifelong obsession with John Lennon. He randomly picked up a book from the shelf in the local library with photos from John Lennon, but if he would have read a book about The Rolling Stones at that time, 'it would have been Mick Jagger all over the sidewalk', according to Piddington. His obsession was largely self-centered. He wanted to be famous. The murder didn't follow out of any reasoned hatred against the person of Lennon himself. Lennon was a phoney, but George C. Scott was on his list too.

Mark Chapman is also the first known case of a celebrity stalker. I'm sure there were cases of stalking before, but no-one was even convicted for stalking before this case, let alone murdering a celebrity. In a certain way, Chapman might be the first true example of a 'modern stalker', a media-driven obsessed man, longing for media fame himself. 'I was nobody', he claimed,'until I killed the biggest somebody in the world.' When incarcerated and watching the news about Reagan's assassination attempt, he exclaimed they got the idea from him. Actually, it was Jodie Foster in TAXI DRIVER that sparked that one, but Chapman's actions might have given the definitive push.

If there's any minor knit-picking, keeping this from hitting the bulls-eye completely, is would be the ending. It seemed like the last half hour consisted of one climax after another, like Piddington wasn't sure how to wrap it up. It didn't really matter to me, because the film kept me in a state of trance till the very end, but if I were the producer or a potential distributor, I would demand some reworking of the ending. But this a very minute reservation about an otherwise great film, that clearly deserves a run at bigger markets. Highly recommended.

Camera Obscura --- 9/10

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