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Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father (2008)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Biography, Crime | January 2008 (USA)
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A filmmaker decides to memorialize a murdered friend when his friend's ex-girlfriend announces she is expecting his son.

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Kurt Kuenne

Writer:

Kurt Kuenne
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Cast

Credited cast:
Kurt Kuenne Kurt Kuenne ... Himself (voice)
Andrew Bagby Andrew Bagby ... Himself (archive footage) (as Dr. Andrew Bagby)
David Bagby ... Himself - Father
Kathleen Bagby Kathleen Bagby ... Herself - Mother
Shirley Turner Shirley Turner ... Herself - Ex-Girlfriend (archive footage) (as Dr. Shirley Turner)
Zachary Andrew Turner Zachary Andrew Turner ... Himself - Son (archive footage) (as Zachary Andrew Bagby)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Heather Arnold ... Herself - Former Fiance (as Dr. Heather Arnold)
Jon Atkinson Jon Atkinson ... Himself - Friend
Bob Bagby Bob Bagby ... Himself - Uncle (archive footage)
Earlene Bagby Earlene Bagby ... Herself - Bob's Widow
James Bagby James Bagby ... Himself - Cousin
Linda Bagby Linda Bagby ... Herself - Aunt
Pat Bagby Pat Bagby ... Himself - Uncle
Jason Baldwin Jason Baldwin ... Himself - Highschool Friend
Derek Barnard Derek Barnard ... Himself - Uncle
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Storyline

In 2001, Andrew Bagby, a medical resident, is murdered not long after breaking up with his girlfriend. Soon after, when she announces she's pregnant, one of Andrew's many close friends, Kurt Kuenne, begins this film, a gift to the child. Friends, relatives, and colleagues say warm and loving things about Andrew, home movies confirm his exuberance. Andrew's parents, Kathleen and David, move to Newfoundland, Canada where the ex-girlfriend has gone. They await an arrest and trial of the murderer. They negotiate with the ex-girlfriend to visit their grandchild, Zachary, and they seek custody. Is there any justice; is Zachary a sweet and innocent consolation for the loss of their son? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Certificate:

Not Rated

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

January 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father See more »

Filming Locations:

Pittsburgh ,Pennsylvania, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,886, 2 November 2008

Gross USA:

$18,334

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$18,334
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Production Co:

MSNBC Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Kurt Kuenne: On the afternoon on November 7th 2001 my sister called to tell me that doctor Andrew Bagby, my closest friend since the age of 7, had been killed. My name is Kurt and I'm a filmmaker. Andrew appeared in every movie I made growing up. I decided to make a movie, to travel far and wide, to interview everyone who ever knew and loved Andrew.
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Alternate Versions

The original cut of the documentary had a run time of over two hours and contains numerous other short scenes, most notably a segment in which Kuenne travels to England to interview Andrew's maternal relatives during a wedding. See more »

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References Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »

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An absolute Must See
15 March 2008 | by mysticwitSee all my reviews

I cannot praise this heartfelt documentary enough. Too often documentaries with such a personal tie have touch (or more) of vanity. Not Dear Zachary.

Kurt Kuenne could have easily turn this tribute to a dead friend into a vanity project, or overly sentimental. The evolution of this project is full of sentiment, indeed, but is done so in such a way that the viewer is completely engaged in the story and feels the loss on a personal level.

This is the hardest film to review because to explain it, is to spoil the experience of it. Let's just say that Andrew Bagby was a very loved person, and this tribute to a man whose life was brutally cut short could have easily been a depressing, dark tale. Instead, while it has some wrenching moments, it's ultimately a love story of family and friends, and the powerful influence people can have in each others lives, for good and for ill.

If you have the opportunity to catch this film, do not hesitate to do it. This is one I'm adding to my DVD collection as soon as it's available.


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