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Plot Summary
Disgruntled security guard Mark David Chapman (Jonas Ball) identifies so intensely with "The Catcher in the Rye" that he starts believing himself the novel's protagonist, Holden Caulfield. Like Holden, he hates phonies, and fixates on John Lennon as one of the worst. His contempt soon evolves into a murderous rage, and Chapman vows to kill Lennon. He flies from Hawaii to New York City twice, stalking the ex-Beatle until their fateful encounter outside the Dakota.

Cast: Jonas Ball , Mie Omori , Krisha Fairchild , Robert Kirk , Anthony Solis , Vera Felice ,

Director: Andrew Piddington

Genres: Drama

Distributor: IFC First Take

The Killing of John Lennon (2006)

Release Date: January 2nd, 2008|1 hr. 54 min.

critic reviews ( 3 )
fan reviews ( 4 )
  • Piddington does a beautiful balancing act, creating a movie that works both on the level of suspense and as a detailed factual chronicle. show more

  • Boasts an undeniable technical proficiency and historical authenticity, but this docudrama detailing assassin Mark David Chapman's obsession, stalking and eventual murder of the beloved Beatle nonetheless has an unavoidably exploitative feel. show more

  • It's a "Taxi Driver"-inspired odyssey into violence and insanity that runs close to two hours -- a long time to be riding shotgun with a madman. show more

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  • November 08, 2008 SingingChefArtie
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    You know what? This idiot'; no matter how deranged or whatever, deserves to be castrated so he oes not poison the world with his off spring. That may seem ungodly coming from a child of God, But this lame ass killed one of the most notworthy voices of the 20rst century!!!! oh what this world could be musically if this man had survived...kll the bastard!!!!! he does not deserve the air that he breathes!!!!!!!!

  • September 12, 2008 chomperstereofig
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    fair points he was a great musician. but to be honest the image the director was trying to persue was that of the idea mark chapman realised john lennon was a phony, he said in his song about how you dont need everything to be happy in the world yet he still wanted everything. hipocrite springs to mind? maybe mark chapman was one of the only ones to realise he was a fake and that the killing of him made people look at it in a different perspective. i say watch this film in terms of the budget put into the production it is excellent and dont read the naive critics who complain about times square not looking like it did in the 80's because thats near enough impossible

  • May 22, 2008 lpzmanuel
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    Being a fan of the Beatles since that Sunday night in 1964 I, and I'm sure other Beatle fans as well, think nothing can explain why that A-hole did what he did.The guy shot a Beatle! And not just any Beatle. John was the founder of the group that changed music forever. They influenced a whole decade. He preached peace and love only to have his life cut short in such a cowardly fashion.I hope nobody watches this movie.

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