• The Killing of John Lennon (2008)

The Killing of John Lennon

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

Keywords: 1980s, Fall, Revenge, Police station, Mother, New York City, Wife

Ratings & Reviews

  • 75
    Jack MathewsNew York Daily News

    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

  • 63
    Ken FoxTV Guide Magazine

    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

  • 50
    Frank ScheckThe Hollywood Reporter

    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

See all critic reviews on metacritic.com

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Nominated Carl Foreman Award for Special Achievement by a British Director, Writer or Producer in Their First Feature Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2008)