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Killing Bono (2011)

R | | Comedy, Music | 1 April 2011 (UK)
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Two brothers attempt to become global rock stars but can only look on as old school friends U2 become the biggest band in the world.

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Neil McCormick
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Leo
Jason Byrne ...
Hotel Receptionist
Sam Corry ...
Paul McGuinness
Seán Doyle ...
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Liam
David Fennelly ...
Frankie
Mark Griffin ...
The Edge
Aoife Holton ...
Stella McCormick
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Joss
Thomas Kelly ...
Hopeless Eric
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U2 Security Guard
James Lonergan ...
Keith
Lisa McAllister ...
Erika
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Bill McCormick
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Two brothers attempt to become global rock stars but can only look on as old school friends U2 become the biggest band in the world.

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Sex, Drugs, and Rock 'n Roll Rivalry

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Comedy | Music

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Rated R for pervasive language, some sexuality/nudity and drug use | See all certifications »

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1 April 2011 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

I Was Bono's Doppelgänger  »

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£112,206 (UK) (1 April 2011)
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Final film of Pete Postlethwaite. It was originally planned that Postlethwaite would have a larger role, but when director Nick Hamm saw how ill he was, he wrote him "a new role that allowed them to film around [his] physical needs and abilities... a very funny, ridiculous part". Three months later Postlethwaite came in to do voice work on the film. Hamm later commented: "It was very apparent when I saw him at that moment that there was no way that this guy was ever going to go on screen or stage again." See more »

Goofs

At the bands first practice (in 1976) Ivan McCormick suggests playing a song by Dire Straits. Dire Straits recorded their first album in 1978, so none of them would have known any songs by Dire Straits, let alone have even heard of them. See more »

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Ivan McCormick: So, fill me in, brother, how much are we into Danny Machin for?
Neil McCormick: All in all? Thirteen grand. Give or take.
Ivan McCormick: Thirteen grand? What is that? Five grand a kneecap and three for our heads?
Neil McCormick: ...That doesn't add up, Ivan.
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Connections

Featured in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #2.16 (2011) See more »

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Great Beyond
Written & performed by Edward Kowalczyk
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A close shave with fame
3 April 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

To truly appreciate this film you'll either have to be 40 something plus or be heavily involved in your own peer group's music scene. The League of Gentleman have a failed musician character that they play for the pathos type of comedy. Here, a real 'failed' musician finds comedy in rewriting his own aborted attempt at snatching fame and fortune in the fickle music industry. It's a very affectionate account - skating gently over the less pleasant aspects of the industry. Robert Sheehan is a dream as Ivan - oooh yes you could really see him in the U2 line up - something brother Neil prevented from happening. I honestly was transported back to the 1980's and dodgy music venues and half baked bands performing as if their lives depended on it. Fabulous. Not everyone's cup of tea though. Pure nostalgia for me - but oh I do wish they'd managed to sneak in a bit more of actual U2 music.


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