• The Killing of John Lennon (2006)

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Release Date: January 2nd, 2008

DVD Release Date: August 5th, 2008

Not Yet Rated|1 hr 54 min

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 C. Kirk, Anthony Solis, Vera Felice

Director: Andrew Piddington

Genres: Drama

Distributors: IFC First Take

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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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