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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
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Paul McGuinness
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Liam
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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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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£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

Karl: A word to the wise from an old man before you go. Remember only this: the measure of a man is what's left when fame falls away... oh, and another thing: get as much sex as you can!
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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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