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Killing Bono (2011)

 -  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
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Liam
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Frankie
Mark Griffin ...
The Edge
Aoife Holton ...
Stella McCormick
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Joss
Thomas Kelly ...
Hopeless Eric
Packy Lee ...
U2 Security Guard
James Lonergan ...
Keith
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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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band | u2 | long hair | two word title | 1980s | See more »

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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  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£112,206 (UK) (1 April 2011)

Gross:

£112,206 (UK) (1 April 2011)
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Trivia

When the project was still titled "I was Bono's Doppelganer" and it was scheduled to start filming in August 2009, it had attached to star Romola Garai, Charlie Cox and Bill Nighy. 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 »

Quotes

Neil McCormick: Hello? Hi, where is Hammond?
Rick: Are you the new runners?
Neil McCormick: No, no no, of course we are not the new runners. We're the McCormicks! We're Hammond's new act, we're just here to sign the old contracts.
Rick: Hammond is history. Axed. Kept spunking cash into Kajagoogoo. I'm the new Hammond.
Neil McCormick: No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no. What was the last thing he said before he left?
Rick: Let me think uh... "I'm gonna sue you bastards right through the arsehole". Then he sort of... broke down. It was all very uncool.
Ivan McCormick: Yeah but he ...
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Plays like an episode of Grange Hill
28 May 2011 | by (japan) – See all my reviews

I think the story this movie tells actually had some legs on it. It was interesting, there was depth and insight in it, but the director chose exactly the wrong tone for telling it and the result is an addition to the list of failures associated with the central figure. The tone is a mediocre wanting-to-please-everyone Grange Hill TV vibe with none of the serious themes coming through well because everything is played for light, obvious, almost slapstick laughs; it's delivery so rooted in dated TV stylings that you wonder what the production team were thinking. Sure the story is from the 80's but cinema has grown leaps and bounds since then. Look to the documentary Anvil for how something like this could better be handled. Some of the cast were well chosen but their delivery was well off, in keeping with the bad choice of feel. I wish this film was better, and another production team may well milk it for the good it has in its story, if it gets another shot at its 15 mins of fame. On a side note original videos of the real band shook up show them to be something quite terrible, so that kind of ruins everything.


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