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Killing Bono (2011)

R | | Comedy, Music | 1 April 2011 (UK)
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Two brothers attempt to become global rock stars but can only look on as old school friends U2 become the biggest band in the world.

Director:

Nick Hamm

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ben Barnes ... Neil McCormick
Ralph Brown ... Leo
Jason Byrne Jason Byrne ... Hotel Receptionist
Sam Corry Sam Corry ... Paul McGuinness
Seán Doyle ... Larry Mullen Jr.
Sean Duggan ... Liam
David Fennelly David Fennelly ... Frankie
Mark Griffin Mark Griffin ... The Edge
Aoife Holton Aoife Holton ... Stella McCormick
Joni Kamen ... Joss
Thomas Kelly Thomas Kelly ... Hopeless Eric
Packy Lee ... U2 Security Guard
James Lonergan James Lonergan ... Keith
Lisa McAllister Lisa McAllister ... Erika
Aidan McArdle ... Bill McCormick
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Storyline

Two brothers attempt to become global rock stars but can only look on as old school friends U2 become the biggest band in the world.

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Taglines:

Sex, Drugs, and Rock 'n Roll Rivalry

Genres:

Comedy | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive language, some sexuality/nudity and drug use | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | Ireland

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 April 2011 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

I Was Bono's Doppelgänger See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£112,206 (United Kingdom), 3 April 2011, Limited Release
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Hammond mentions getting "the other one" from the duo Wham!, but doesn't know his name. He is referring to Andrew Ridgeley. See more »

Goofs

When Neil is about to leave the garage about discussing the bands future his collar is down. There is a cut in the shot and his collar is up. There is yet another shot from outside of the garage and his collar is down again. See more »

Quotes

Neil McCormick: Hello? Hi, where is Hammond?
Rick: Are you the new runners?
Neil McCormick: No, no no, of course we are not the new runners. We're the McCormicks! We're Hammond's new act, we're just here to sign the old contracts.
Rick: Hammond is history. Axed. Kept spunking cash into Kajagoogoo. I'm the new Hammond.
Neil McCormick: No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no. What was the last thing he said before he left?
Rick: Let me think uh... "I'm gonna sue you bastards right through the arsehole". Then he sort of... broke down. It was all very uncool.
Ivan McCormick: Yeah but he ...
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Spoofs Star Trek (1966) See more »

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Sleepwalking
Written by Ivan McCormick, Neil McCormick & Ciaran Gribbin
Performed by Ben Barnes and Yeah! Yeah!
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Plays like an episode of Grange Hill
28 May 2011 | by Rob-O-CopSee all my reviews

I think the story this movie tells actually had some legs on it. It was interesting, there was depth and insight in it, but the director chose exactly the wrong tone for telling it and the result is an addition to the list of failures associated with the central figure. The tone is a mediocre wanting-to-please-everyone Grange Hill TV vibe with none of the serious themes coming through well because everything is played for light, obvious, almost slapstick laughs; it's delivery so rooted in dated TV stylings that you wonder what the production team were thinking. Sure the story is from the 80's but cinema has grown leaps and bounds since then. Look to the documentary Anvil for how something like this could better be handled. Some of the cast were well chosen but their delivery was well off, in keeping with the bad choice of feel. I wish this film was better, and another production team may well milk it for the good it has in its story, if it gets another shot at its 15 mins of fame. On a side note original videos of the real band shook up show them to be something quite terrible, so that kind of ruins everything.


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