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Director:
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Andrew Piddington (written by)
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Release Date:
7 December 2007 (Ireland) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
I was nobody until I killed the biggest somebody on earth.
Plot:
A dramatization of Mark Champman's plan to murder John Lennon. | Full synopsis »
Awards:
1 win & 1 nomination See more »
NewsDesk:
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Nonfiction drama about Lennon's killer is very well made See more (27 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

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
Vera Felice ... Prostitute
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 
Makana 
 
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
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)
 
Stunts
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
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
 
Thanks
Peter M. Kershaw .... special thanks (as Peter Kershaw)
David Mowbray .... thanks
Vanessa Myrie .... thanks
 

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114 min
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Did You Know?

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Crew or equipment visible: In the flashback of Mark Chapman riding through the city in the cab near the end of the film, the camera is clearly visible in the reflection of the rear windshield.See more »
Soundtrack:
Strutt Your Funky StuffSee more »

FAQ

why did he shoot John Lennon?
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19 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
Nonfiction drama about Lennon's killer is very well made, 7 February 2007
Author: ridleyrules from Netherlands

I saw this movie at the 2007 International Film Festival of Rotterdam. The director was present at the screening for a Q&A. I saw a finished cut, "straight from the Avid", but with at least partly a temp soundtrack.

Plot summary: This is a dramatized telling of the events surrounding the murder of John Lennon by Mark David Chapman. Chapman (Jonas Ball) is the central character here. We follow his footsteps in the months before and after the killing.

I have recently seen the documentary The US vs John Lennon (2006), It filled a gap in my knowledge about Lennon in the 70's.

This movie, "The Killing of John Lennon" is not a documentary, rather a nonfiction drama. It answers some of the questions about Lennon's death that I still had ofter seeing "The US..." The challenge with this type of story is of course: how do you keep a movie interesting when the protagonist is so obviously not a very nice character. I like how this was handled here. There is a good balance between keeping a healthy emotional distance from this criminal, while keeping things interesting. Ted Demme's"Blow" (2001), a similar type of movie about a famous drugs criminal did not have this balance,. I think, where "The Killing..." does.

Director Andrew Piddington states in the opening titles "All of Mark David Chapman's words are his own." This is important to know, I think, because we get to hear Chapman's words during most of the movie. In dialogs and in voice-over as he recalls the events. It is clear that Piddington has put a lot of research into this, though , He obviously used other sources besides Chapman's testimony.

The end result is a well-made film. Jonas Ball is almost constantly on-screen, and he gives a very believable performance.

Even though this was (as the director told later) made with a very low budget, it feels very well produced and expensive. The creation of the time period is very well done. The cinema scope photography is flawless. I also liked the score, but what I heard was at least partly a temporary soundtrack. E,g, for scenes in the car and taxicab a piece from "The Thin Red Line" (composer Hans Zimmer) was used. The director said this would not be in the final film.

The only flaw that I can see, is that after 3/4 of the movie, it started to feel a bit longish. All in all a very worthwhile watch: 8/10.

Screenplay Trivia: The movie was made without cooperation by Chapman (or Ono, for that matter. All of Chapman's testimonies are public, so that was used to get Chapman's words.

Production Trivia: The entire project took 4 years to realize. Much of that went into research and getting financing.

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