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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 ... Larry Mullen Jr.
Sean Duggan ... Liam
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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Trivia

Final film of Pete Postlethwaite. It was originally planned that Postlethwaite would have a larger role, but when director Nick Hamm saw how ill he was, he wrote him "a new role that allowed them to film around [his] physical needs and abilities... a very funny, ridiculous part". Three months later Postlethwaite came in to do voice work on the film. Hamm later commented: "It was very apparent when I saw him at that moment that there was no way that this guy was ever going to go on screen or stage again." See more »

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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 did ...
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Connections

References Sid and Nancy (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
Written & performed by U2
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A close shave with fame
3 April 2011 | by PipAndSqueakSee all my reviews

To truly appreciate this film you'll either have to be 40 something plus or be heavily involved in your own peer group's music scene. The League of Gentleman have a failed musician character that they play for the pathos type of comedy. Here, a real 'failed' musician finds comedy in rewriting his own aborted attempt at snatching fame and fortune in the fickle music industry. It's a very affectionate account - skating gently over the less pleasant aspects of the industry. Robert Sheehan is a dream as Ivan - oooh yes you could really see him in the U2 line up - something brother Neil prevented from happening. I honestly was transported back to the 1980's and dodgy music venues and half baked bands performing as if their lives depended on it. Fabulous. Not everyone's cup of tea though. Pure nostalgia for me - but oh I do wish they'd managed to sneak in a bit more of actual U2 music.


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Language:

English

Release Date:

1 April 2011 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$717,798
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Dolby Digital

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2.35 : 1
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