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The Killing of John Lennon (2006)

Unrated | | Crime, Drama | 7 December 2007 (UK)
A dramatization of Mark Chapman's plan to murder John Lennon.


Andrew Piddington
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jonas Ball ... Mark Chapman
Mie Omori Mie Omori ... Gloria
Krisha Fairchild 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


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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


Crime | Drama


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(at around 24 mins) After Chapman signs his name as John Lennon, his co-worker notices it and starts to walk out after him. The next shot is a long shot from outside the building, showing the co-worker still standing behind the desk. Then in the next shot he is walking out the door again. See more »


Written and Performed by Makana
Published by Makana Music 2002
from the album "Koi'au"
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A superficial, slightly silly rendering of a horrible event.
23 February 2009 | by S-LanawaySee all my reviews

I have read many Lennon biographies as well as numerous detailed accounts of Chapman's life. The books that I have read go deep into his background and they explore what conclusions can be made about his thought process and motivations.

In that regard, this film presents a strikingly superficial rendering of who Chapman was and what was motivating him. While skipping realistic depth and detail, the film uses atmospheric shots, music, and creative editing to conjure an atmosphere that is in effect, an art project.

Given the subject matter, I find it distasteful.

The shots of Chapman walking around in a clearly 21st-century time square (the film is set in 1980) are silly. The randomly sped-up shots of him maniacally grimacing are irritating, and, honestly, a bit cheesy.

I will give the film credit for it's depiction of Lennon at the end, I found him strikingly life-like.

If you really want to learn about Chapman, get one of the recognized books on the subject matter and delve deep.

This film is an art-school project that reveals nothing and presents a superficial, unbelievable caricature of Lennon's murderer.

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Release Date:

7 December 2007 (UK) See more »

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Hawaii, USA See more »


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Opening Weekend USA:

$3,077, 6 January 2008

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2.35 : 1
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