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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.

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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 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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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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Official Sites:

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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

The real brothers Ivan and Neil McCormick made a cameo in this movie. They are the folks watching one of the first gigs in an empty bar. See more »

Goofs

At the bands first practice (in 1976) Ivan McCormick suggests playing a song by Dire Straits. Dire Straits recorded their first album in 1978, so none of them would have known any songs by Dire Straits, let alone have even heard of them. 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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Connections

References Sid and Nancy (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

Better Way
Written by Ciaran Gribbin
Performed by Ben Barnes & Shook Up!
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"Ok Tiger, Let's get you socially lubricated"
5 April 2011 | by elbesSee all my reviews

I really wanted to like this film, I really did, but in reality it was simply mediocre. However, it is worth saying that I went into this film not knowing anything about it, and most of the criticisms I formed whilst watching it were made before I found-out that the whole thing was actually based on a true story , which somehow absolves the film of a lot of its sins: The plot was long and meandering, yet bore an uncanny resemblance to the film "Rock Star" (Mark Wahlberg at his finest...?). The acting was questionable bar a great performance from Pete Postlethwaite as the lovable gay landlord. It really bothered me that the band's music (the McCormick Brothers +Shook-up) was actually really good up until their point of stardom when suddenly their musical style was transformed into something that sounded about as 80s as Fall Out Boy... I don't know how much of the soundtrack were original songs written by the band, but I'd be shocked if I found out that the song "Where we want to be" (for example) was an eighties classic. However, there are some criticisms that cannot be excused by the story's supposed authenticity and origins in fact... For example, the film didn't seem to know what it was, too funny to be taken seriously, too dramatic to be a comedy. Therefore many of the jokes were wasted. Despite my aspersions, it has to be said that the casting for the character of "Bono" was impeccable and that added dramatically to the quality of the film- grounding it in reality. Overall, I would say - Questionable acting - Brilliant Casting - A bit on the long side


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