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Chapter 27 (2007)

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A film about Mark David Chapman in the days leading up to the infamous murder of Beatle John Lennon.

Director:

J.P. Schaefer

Writers:

J.P. Schaefer, Jack Jones (inspired by the book "Let Me Take You Down")
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chuck Cooper ... Cabbie
Victor Verhaeghe ... Cop #1
Robert Gerard Larkin Robert Gerard Larkin ... Cop #2
Lindsay Lohan ... Jude
Ursula Abbott ... Jeri
Roy Milton Davis ... Homeless Man
Brian Bell Brian Bell ... Cabbie#2
Dan Schultz Dan Schultz ... Steve
Adam Scarimbolo ... Clerk Riley
Molly Griffith ... Centerfold Model
Spiro Malas Spiro Malas ... Elevator Man
Jeane Fournier Jeane Fournier ... Prostitute
Kate Higgins ... Gloria
Matthew Nardozzi ... Little Kid
Brian O'Neill ... Patrick
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A film about Mark David Chapman in the days leading up to the infamous murder of Beatle John Lennon.

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No one can survive becoming a legend. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some sexual content | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 December 2007 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Capitolul 27 See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

CAD 5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,910, 30 March 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$55,704, 4 May 2008
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The character of Paul is based on the photographer Paul Goresh, who photographed John Lennon signing an autograph for Mark David Chapman. See more »

Goofs

Chapman offers to take Paul Goreshs photo with John Lennon saying "I bet you've never had that!" Paul confirms this saying "No, I've never had that!" In real life Paul Goresh had his photo taken with John Lennon on the 17th November 1980. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Mark David Chapman: I believe in Holden Caulfield. And in the book, and what he was saying, what he was saying to a lost generation of phony people.
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Crazy Credits

In the credits, all of the people are credited for their characters, however the final listings are as follows: John Lennon..................Mark Lindsay Chapman and Jared Leto See more »

Connections

References Rosemary's Baby (1968) See more »

Soundtracks

Run Rudolph Run
Written by Marvin Brodie and Johnny Marks
Performed by Chuck Berry
Published by St. Nicholas Music Inc. (ASCAP)
Courtesy of Geffen Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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"This is my statement"...but what of the filmmakers?
3 August 2010 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

A rather contemptible recreation of events in the disturbing life of John Lennon's killer, Mark David Chapman. As portrayed by Jared Leto (a disciplined, dedicated actor who gained some 60 pounds for the role), Chapman is a suicidal, overweight ex-student from Georgia by way of Texas who believed himself to be the embodiment of Holden Caulfield, the anti-hero celebrated by J. D. Salinger in his book "The Catcher in the Rye". By killing a celebrity, Chapman felt he would finally gain all the attention he'd been deprived of in life. Leto plays him as a schizophrenic drifter with a short fuse, a man so alienated from the real world that he puts down the rich and famous for being phony without ever realizing his own deluded behavior. Without a doubt, extremely queasy and disturbing material, yet the film isn't particularly enlightening or incisive on any level. Writer-director J.P. Schaefer stages the entire picture as a build-up to Chapman's final release of fury, sort of like 'the ultimate event'. We get nothing in the wake of the senseless killing except actual news footage from December 1980 (with pictures of the real John Lennon held up by the crowds). Schaefer exploits the grief in these archival clips simply to cap his own movie off, while the actor playing Lennon (briefly glimpsed) is named Mark Lindsay Chapman... Is nothing sacred for filmmakers anymore? The melodrama on display here is meant to squeeze and prod us, and to keep us in suspense, but the sensationalistic tactics come through loudly and cheaply. *1/2 from ****


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