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
2 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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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.)
Thandiwe Newton ... Journalist (as Thandie Newton)
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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Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

Ben Schnetzer and Sarah Gadon appeared in Happy Town (2010). See more »

Quotes

Audrey Newhouse: This last letter suggests he was full of hope...
Rupert Turner: Which is why I am sure you will understand that, for obvious reasons, that is the version that I chose to believe.
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Connections

References Jumanji (1995) See more »

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Silent Machine
Written by Cat Power
Performed by Cat Power
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It's ok
14 September 2019 | by Gordon-11See all my reviews

This film tells quite a complex story about a man who recalls his correspondence with an actor when he was a child. The story is mostly about the actor, and it's quite sad. The number of famous faces is pretty amazing as well. It can do with a quicker pace, but overall it's ok to watch.


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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

Canada | UK

Language:

Czech | English

Release Date:

13 December 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Death & 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

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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