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The Death and 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 ... 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]

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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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2.35 : 1
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The cast includes three Oscar winners, Kathy Bates, Susan Sarandon, and Natalie Portman. See more »

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Sam Turner: You are never to write to that man again, do you understand?
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So much potential and such a messy film.
16 September 2019 | by SnobReviewsSee all my reviews

It's a shame that "The Death And Life Of John F. Donovan" isn't as good as it should be. A messy, mismatched, and overly long film.

In this drama, years after the death of a TV star, a young man reminisces the written correspondence he shared with the famous actor, as well as the impact those letters had on both their lives.

As much as writer/director Xavier Dolan's latest effort isn't really confusing, it kind of feels like it is. After you're done watching "The Death And Life Of John F. Donovan" you feel as if you've spent hours and hours watching this film and it goes nowhere. The film does feature some good performances from the all-star cast but in the end the story is what is at fault here. The film does have a powerful moment which features the song "Hanging By A Moment" by Lifehouse; you wish "The Death And Life Of John F. Donavon" was that great throughout. It could've been a better drama but Dolan's film is just a disappointment.


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