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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
Seán Doyle ...
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Liam
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The Edge
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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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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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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£112,206 (UK) (1 April 2011)

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£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

When Neil & Ivan first arrive in London it is the early 1980's yet a taxi can be seen being driven on the other side of the road with the registration plate "L" which was not issued until 1993. See more »

Quotes

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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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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