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Casting JonBenet (2017)

The unsolved death of six-year-old American beauty queen JonBenet Ramsey remains the world's most sensational child murder case. Over 15 months, responses, reflections and performances were... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hannah Cagwin ... JonBenet Ramsey / JonBenet Ramsey Auditionee / Herself
Aeona Cruz Aeona Cruz ... JonBenet Ramsey Auditionee / Herself
Liv Bagley Liv Bagley ... JonBenet Ramsey Auditionee / Herself
Shylee Sagle Shylee Sagle ... JonBenet Ramsey Auditionee / Herself
Danika Toolson Danika Toolson ... JonBenet Ramsey Auditionee / Herself
Nicole Hamilton Nicole Hamilton ... JonBenet Ramsey Auditionee / JonBenet Ramsey Dance Double / Herself
Emma Winslow Emma Winslow ... JonBenet Ramsey Auditionee / Herself
Elle Walker Elle Walker ... JonBenet Ramsey Auditionee / Herself
Jerry Cortese ... Officer French / John Ramsey Auditionee / Himself
Kit Thompson Kit Thompson ... Patsy Ramsey / Patsy Ramsey Auditionee / Herself
Amy Dowd ... Patsy Ramsey / Patsy Ramsey Auditionee / Herself
Teresa Cocas Teresa Cocas ... Patsy Ramsey / Patsy Ramsey Auditionee / Herself
Stephanie Federico Stephanie Federico ... Patsy Ramsey Auditionee / Herself
Tamara Hutchins ... Patsy Ramsey Auditionee / Herself
Deb Hultgren ... Patsy Ramsey / Patsy Ramsey Auditionee / Herself
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The unsolved death of six-year-old American beauty queen JonBenet Ramsey remains the world's most sensational child murder case. Over 15 months, responses, reflections and performances were elicited from the Ramsey's Colorado hometown community, creating a bold work of art from the collective memories and mythologies the crime inspired.

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28 April 2017 (USA) See more »

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meta-film done right
10 May 2017 | by reid-hawkSee all my reviews

Out of the recent trend of documentaries of actual films that portray real stories, which are not as confusing as they sound (like "Katie Plays Christine"), "Casting JonBenet" is the best. I think I should say that before this movie I had never heard of the JonBenet murder and subsequent case; maybe I've been living under a rock or something. I say this due to the fact that it may have enhanced my experience with this film, and that people who are not entering it blindly might not enjoy it as much. After I watched the film I went online to judge the reactions of people, and far and away most general audience members seemed to dismiss this film as garbage. Many people stated that it added no new information to the case or that it was boring. To those people I would say that they missed the point, as pretentious as it sounds. This was a seemingly world famous case, what new information could they provide? What makes movies like "The Thin Blue Line" or "The Jinx" so good is that they actual had some real impact on the world by adding evidence not previously seen. Other movies/miniseries, like "The Imposter" or "Making a Murderer" show us cases that we otherwise never would have heard of. This movie has neither of those luxuries, so instead it does something different. It films the people in the community that Jonbenet Ramsey lived in and tasks them with playing the parts of members of the Ramsey family. All the while, the camera crew is filming these people and gleaning their insight into what they think about the murder. Their opinions range from insightful to off-the- wall batsh*t insane (think movies like "Room 237), and I enjoyed every second of it. Parts of this movie had me and my friends rolling on the floor with laughter due to just how peculiar and funny these characters playing characters really were. Other moments, like the ending montage I wont spoil, had me sitting in silence completely engrossed at what was on screen. Being able to have moments like that within the film make this movie truly special, as well as the first amazing film of the year. My only issue with it is that it lulls at some points towards the final 3rd, but even then it is still a very watchable film. Don't let negative reviews online discourage you from watching this movie. Watch it for yourself and make your own mind up


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