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Killing Bono (2011)

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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 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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Details

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

Featured in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #2.16 (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
Written & performed by U2
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An enjoyable surprise
2 October 2011 | by AgirlonlineSee all my reviews

I really enjoyed this movie. I have to admit, I initially had NO interest in the story, and only set out to see it to check out Ben Barnes' latest project. But within 10 minutes I forgot about watching "the lovely Mr. Barnes" (which he is not, in this movie) and was genuinely captivated by and became engaged in the story, the characters and the humor. I'd seen clips and responded with a yawn; thought the comedy portrayed in them was obvious and heavy-handed. But the trailer doesn't do it justice. The laughs were real and unexpected and the dialogue quick, natural and enjoyable. All of the supporting characters were excellent. Robert Sheehan, whom I'd never seen in anything prior, did a good job and Barnes disappears into and owns his character. All in all a fun watch, I'd recommend it.


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