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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Credited cast:
Kurt Kuenne Kurt Kuenne ... Self (voice)
Andrew Bagby Andrew Bagby ... Self (archive footage) (as Dr. Andrew Bagby)
David Bagby ... Self - Father
Kathleen Bagby Kathleen Bagby ... Self - Mother
Shirley Turner Shirley Turner ... Self - Ex-Girlfriend (archive footage) (as Dr. Shirley Turner)
Zachary Andrew Turner Zachary Andrew Turner ... Self - Son (archive footage) (as Zachary Andrew Bagby)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Heather Arnold ... Self - Former Fiance (as Dr. Heather Arnold)
Jon Atkinson Jon Atkinson ... Self - Friend
Bob Bagby Bob Bagby ... Self - Uncle (archive footage)
Earlene Bagby Earlene Bagby ... Self - Bob's Widow
James Bagby James Bagby ... Self - Cousin
Linda Bagby Linda Bagby ... Self - Aunt
Pat Bagby Pat Bagby ... Self - Uncle
Jason Baldwin Jason Baldwin ... Self - Highschool Friend
Derek Barnard Derek Barnard ... Self - 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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Not Rated

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In 2013, the Director of this film Kurt Kuenne, posted a video on his YouTube channel talking about what happened after the movie. This includes his and the grandparents activism to change the bail law in Canada. Video title The Legacy of Dear Zachary: A Journey to Change the Law (2013). See more »

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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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It's a Wonderful Life as reimagined by Charles Manson
30 April 2009 | by egomozSee all my reviews

Wow, I certainly wasn't expecting it to be this overwhelming. It's the emotional equivalent of having your head kicked in against the curb.

I thought I knew where the story was going but I couldn't shake the sense of sinister dread. I didn't think the story could get any bleaker but then... Maybe I'm doing it a disservice but I would strongly recommend this film to anyone who isn't in an already too fragile state. Because once you invest your own emotions in the story, you are screwed - within minutes I went from sad to angry to shocked and depressed and back and forth etc.

That's quite an achievement. Yes, the film is flawed but you know what? I don't mind that films are flawed, it's the emotional punch that I'm going for. The film is made by someone on a mission (albeit a confused one at times) but the end result is a film that is raw and intimate.

Oh, there is a special place reserved in heaven for all the Bagbys. And a special place in hell for the murderer and the judge who set the murderer loose.


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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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MSNBC Films See more »
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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