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The Death and Life of John F. Donovan (2018)

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Releases December 13, 2019
A decade after the death of an American television star, a young actor reminisces about the written correspondence he shared with him, as well as the impact those letters had on both their lives.

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Xavier Dolan
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kit Harington ... John F. Donovan
Natalie Portman ... Sam Turner
Jacob Tremblay ... Rupert Turner
Susan Sarandon ... Grace Donovan
Kathy Bates ... Barbara Haggermaker
Ben Schnetzer ... Rupert Turner (21 y.o.)
Thandie Newton ... Audrey Newhouse
Jared Keeso ... James Donovan
Chris Zylka ... Will Jefford Jr.
Amara Karan ... Mrs. Kureishi
Emily Hampshire ... Amy Bosworth
Michael Gambon ... Man in Diner
Sarah Gadon ... Liz Jones
Susan Almgren Susan Almgren ... Aunt Faith
Jane Wheeler Jane Wheeler ... Aunt Anne
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A decade after the death of an American television star, a young actor reminisces about the written correspondence he shared with him, as well as the impact those letters had on both their lives.

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language throughout and some sexual material | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

UK | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 December 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Death and Life of John F. Donovan See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$33,340, 25 August 2019

Gross USA:

$152,713

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,326,364
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Natalie Portman and Susan Sarandon appeared in Anywhere But Here (1999). See more »

Quotes

Sam Turner: You are never to write to that man again, do you understand?
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Sulk
Written by Robert Alfons and Maya Postepski
Performed by TR/ST
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Not Dolan's best but way better than the critics say
30 August 2019 | by morpheus_neo2290See all my reviews

The film is not Dolan's best movie to date, but is way better than the average quality of the movies I saw this year. The first hour is a 8/10 and the last hour is a 4/10, like if Dolan tried to be more mainstream, less artistic. The worst part of the film is easily Jacob Tremblay, particularly in the second half of the movie. I would really like to see a director's cut someday, if Dolan ever want to return to this movie.


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