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Death Note (2017)

TV-MA | | Adventure, Crime, Drama | 25 August 2017 (USA)
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A high school student named Light Turner discovers a mysterious notebook that has the power to kill anyone whose name is written within its pages, and launches a secret crusade to rid the world of criminals.


Adam Wingard


Charley Parlapanides (screenplay by) (as Charles Parlapanides), Vlas Parlapanides (screenplay by) | 3 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nat Wolff ... Light Turner
Lakeith Stanfield ... L
Margaret Qualley ... Mia Sutton
Shea Whigham ... James Turner
Willem Dafoe ... Ryuk (voice)
Jason Liles ... Ryuk
Paul Nakauchi Paul Nakauchi ... Watari
Jack Ettlinger ... Kenny Doyle
Matthew Kevin Anderson ... Agent Young
Chris Britton ... Peltz
Timothy Lambert Timothy Lambert ... Dr. Norman Ludlam
Kwesi Ameyaw ... Undercover Agent #1
Justin Stone ... Undercover Agent #2
Christian Sloan ... Agent Franks
Artin John ... Antony Skomal


Light Turner, a bright student, stumbles across a mystical notebook that has the power to kill any person whose name he writes in it. Light decides to launch a secret crusade to rid the streets of criminals. Soon, the student-turned-vigilante finds himself pursued by a famous detective known only by the alias L. Written by Warner Bros. Pictures

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Release Date:

25 August 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Death Note: Il quaderno della morte See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Atmos

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Keep an eye out - Ryuk makes split-second appearances throughout the film. See more »


Ryuk says that nobody has been able to write his name in the Death Note, several times says that previous owners have only been able to write two of the four letters that make up his name, but when Ligth is reading the rules, the phrase "Ryuk is not to be trusted" is clearly seen.

Correction - Ryuk is referring to someone writing his name to be killed, since what we saw was just a warning this is why the writer wasn't killed before he/she could finish. See more »


Light Turner: If you fuck with me, I'll write your fucking name in it!
Ryuk: Hah! You could try. Let me tell you this, Light: my name has four letters, most anyone's ever gotten were two.
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Crazy Credits

The closing credits features brief clips of outtakes and behind-the-scenes footage. See more »


Referenced in Nostalgia Critic: Dragonball Evolution (2017) See more »


Reckless (Don't Be So...)
Written by James Reyne (as James Michael Reyne)
Performed by Australian Crawl
Courtesy of EMI Music Australia
Under license from Universal MUsic Enterprises
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Worst movie adaption of an anime EVER
25 August 2017 | by j_menendez-63289See all my reviews

I understand that movies can have different plots and endings than the original anime/book but this one stripped the entire essence of what was so great about Death Note.

The characters are not at all how they are in the series. Light was a stud, smart a sociopath genius who could manipulate and outsmart anyone with and unwaiverable goal to be God. L is almost autistic and incredibly smart, not emotional. He was logical and to the point. Mia is a groupie fan girl with Light, a celebrity on her own but never would try to kill unless ordered by Kira to carry out his true goal of being God for as long as possible and destroying everything in his way.

The scene were Ryuk appears makes me want to puke it is so bad, his relationship with Light is far from what we see in the series, the plot is plain stupid. IT is mostly about him and his gf fighting whether they took it too far him and him being dumb enough to know his gf didn't take the book and kill some cops.

I hate this movie so much and so mad I spent whatever time I spent watching it because it is not worth even 5 minutes. Whoever made this should be ashamed and never produce a movie again.

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