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

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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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Xavier Dolan
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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 ... Journalist
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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Drama

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

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Jessica Chastain filmed scenes as a villain-type character, which were cut from the completed movie due to timing and pacing. One of her scenes appears as a bonus feature on the DVD. 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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Referenced in The Art of Directing: Xavier Dolan (2017) See more »

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Written by Robert Alfons and Maya Postepski
Performed by TR/ST
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Humm ...
12 September 2019 | by uponsaleSee all my reviews

It's not because you hire a whole bunch of good and well-known actors that the movie will automatically be good ! Here's another example of what shouldn't be done in cinematography. The movie is probably some kind of egocentric autobiographical kinda fantasy of an over the top life that oneself has, living... and need to show off and express the fact that he somehow made it and would probably one day would want to end ,,, like " hey I am special, pay more attention to me"! ... portraying a confuse grown man with a child's dream of meeting a ''hero'' ... again fantasist. Poor popular once talented artists kinda crap sort things ... the casting is interesting, again more like a fantasy from the real protagonist ... leading actors, of course, were amazing, but this isn't enough. Could have been a good book to read, but not to watch. By all means. One hour and forty minutes too much.


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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

UK | Canada

Language:

English | Czech

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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2.35 : 1
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