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The Killing of John Lennon (2006)

A dramatization of Mark Champman's plan to murder John Lennon.

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Andrew Piddington

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jonas Ball ... Mark Chapman
Mie Omori Mie Omori ... Gloria
Krisha Fairchild ... Mother
Gail Kay Bell Gail Kay Bell ... Psych Bellevue
Gunter Stern Gunter Stern ... Psych
Tom Zolandz Tom Zolandz ... Goresh
Joe Abbate ... Cab Driver
Hernan Lucero Hernan Lucero ... Doorman (as Hernan C. Lucero)
Dean Goldman Dean Goldman ... Doorman
Robert C. Kirk ... Detective
Richard Padro Richard Padro ... Sheriff
Anthony Solis Anthony Solis ... Gun Salesman
Sofia Dubrawsky Sofia Dubrawsky ... Jude
Richard Sherman Richard Sherman ... Lennon UK
Tom J. Raider Tom J. Raider ... Lennon US
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A dramatization of Mark Champman's plan to murder John Lennon.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

I was nobody until I killed the biggest somebody on earth.

Genres:

Crime | Drama

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Official Sites:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 December 2007 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Asasinul lui John Lennon See more »

Filming Locations:

Hawaii, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,077, 6 January 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$6,672, 20 January 2008
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Goofs

(at around 30 mins) When Chapman is riding in a taxi at the start of his first trip to New York, he is driven through Times Square. A number of stores that weren't in Times Square in 1980 clearly can be seen, including Foot Locker, a Virgin Megastore and Planet Hollywood. See more »

Connections

References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

Café del Mar (Michael Woods Remix)
Written by Paul Schmitz-Moormann (as Paul Schmitz-Moorman)
Published by Interzone Music Publishing Ltd. / Cosmic-Enterprises Publishing Ltd.
Performed by Energy 52
Courtesy of Grand Casino Records
Licensed courtesy of AATW Recordings Ltd.
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Nonfiction drama about Lennon's killer is very well made
7 February 2007 | by ridleyrulesSee all my reviews

I saw this movie at the 2007 International Film Festival of Rotterdam. The director was present at the screening for a Q&A. I saw a finished cut, "straight from the Avid", but with at least partly a temp soundtrack.

Plot summary: This is a dramatized telling of the events surrounding the murder of John Lennon by Mark David Chapman. Chapman (Jonas Ball) is the central character here. We follow his footsteps in the months before and after the killing.

I have recently seen the documentary The US vs John Lennon (2006), It filled a gap in my knowledge about Lennon in the 70's.

This movie, "The Killing of John Lennon" is not a documentary, rather a nonfiction drama. It answers some of the questions about Lennon's death that I still had ofter seeing "The US..." The challenge with this type of story is of course: how do you keep a movie interesting when the protagonist is so obviously not a very nice character. I like how this was handled here. There is a good balance between keeping a healthy emotional distance from this criminal, while keeping things interesting. Ted Demme's"Blow" (2001), a similar type of movie about a famous drugs criminal did not have this balance,. I think, where "The Killing..." does.

Director Andrew Piddington states in the opening titles "All of Mark David Chapman's words are his own." This is important to know, I think, because we get to hear Chapman's words during most of the movie. In dialogs and in voice-over as he recalls the events. It is clear that Piddington has put a lot of research into this, though , He obviously used other sources besides Chapman's testimony.

The end result is a well-made film. Jonas Ball is almost constantly on-screen, and he gives a very believable performance.

Even though this was (as the director told later) made with a very low budget, it feels very well produced and expensive. The creation of the time period is very well done. The cinema scope photography is flawless. I also liked the score, but what I heard was at least partly a temporary soundtrack. E,g, for scenes in the car and taxicab a piece from "The Thin Red Line" (composer Hans Zimmer) was used. The director said this would not be in the final film.

The only flaw that I can see, is that after 3/4 of the movie, it started to feel a bit longish. All in all a very worthwhile watch: 8/10.

Screenplay Trivia: The movie was made without cooperation by Chapman (or Ono, for that matter. All of Chapman's testimonies are public, so that was used to get Chapman's words.

Production Trivia: The entire project took 4 years to realize. Much of that went into research and getting financing.


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