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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 TV star, a young actor reminisces 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 TV star, a young actor reminisces 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

As he dubbed a lot of actors in French-Canadian versions of many international movies, director Xavier Dolan dubbed the voice of Kit Harrington in its Quebec-made French version. See more »

Quotes

Sam Turner: You are never to write to that man again, do you understand?
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Connections

References Jumanji (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

Rolling In the Deep
Written by Adele and Paul Epworth
Performed by Adele
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Tragic romantic
31 July 2019 | by madlife-87015See all my reviews

I thought this movie was a tragic romantic. I was in awe of Kit's performance as well as Bates and Portman. Wish it could make its debut in theaters in the US.


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