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Killing of John Lennon [DVD] [2006] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Jonas Ball , Mie Omori , Andrew Piddington    DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jonas Ball, Mie Omori, Krisha Fairchild, Gail Kay Bell, Gunter Stern
  • Directors: Andrew Piddington
  • Writers: Andrew Piddington
  • Producers: Joe Shashou, Peter Kershaw, Rakha Singh, Rod Pearson, Roger Carey
  • Format: Colour, DVD-Video, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Ifc
  • DVD Release Date: 5 Aug 2008
  • Run Time: 114 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0018PH3K6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 392,682 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Synopsis

Writer-director Andrew Piddington (Shuttlecock, The Fall) delves deep into the mind of Mark David Chapman in The Killing of John Lennon. Jonas Ball makes his feature-film debut as Chapman, the crazed gunman who shot John Lennon on December 8, 1980. Basing his script on Chapman's own words from interviews, writings, court transcripts, and depositions, Piddington retraces the events leading up to the shooting, which reverberated around the world. He goes back three months, showing Chapman's dysfunctional relationship with his mother (Krishna Fairchild) and his inattentiveness to his wife (Mie Omori) in Honolulu, where he was living after leaving his hometown of Decatur, Georgia. Chapman soon becomes obsessed with J. D. Salinger's classic novel The Catcher in the Rye, seeing himself as fictional character Holden Caulfield, who must root out the phonies of the world. By accident, he chooses former Beatle John Lennon as his victim, ultimately reasoning that Lennon sings about imagining no possessions yet is a millionaire living in the ritzy Dakota building in New York City, so he must be brought down. Chapman buys a gun, heads to the Big Apple, and starts stalking the Dakota, gripping his copy of Lennon's comeback album, Double Fantasy. Through voice-over narration, dialogue, and poignant one-person scenes, Piddington follows Chapman's dark, dangerous descent that results in cold-blooded murder. The film is shot on location in Decatur, Honolulu, and Manhattan, at the exact spots where the actual events took place. Ball gives a quirky, deeply felt performance, part Travis Bickle in Taxi, part Rupert Pupkin in The King of Comedy, part Valerie Solanas in I Shot Andy Warhol, embodying Chapman, while Piddington manages to hold viewers in suspense even though they know what is going to happen.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking 10 Mar 2009
By SilentSinger TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
Mark Chapman is a fairly well known name in history due to the fact that he assinated John Lennon, but not a great number of people know exactly what motivated him to do such a thing. This film, using Chapman's diaries, testamonies and other things seeks to do just that and takes the viewer on a journey three months prior to the event and as a result, builds the tension nicely. Jonas Ball makes an impressive debut and his brooding portrayal of Chapman is nicely judged.

On the downside, I did find that the volume levels jumped around a bit and sometimes it was like watching a home video. However, this doesn't detract from an interesting film which sticks in your mind way after it ends.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing performance from Jonas Ball 18 May 2008
Format:DVD
The performance of newcomer Jonas Ball is utterly gripping. Whilst one always knows the outcome the film manages to keep you on the edge of your seat.
Very stylish direction and I gather a British funded film - it certainly deserved its Bafta nomination
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars good but not great 3 May 2008
Format:DVD
Intriguing more than engaging. This film is brooding and intense but relentlessy bleak. I wasn't expecting laughs but there are no modulations in tone and overall I found it hard to lose myself in this authentic-feeling, but overlong psychological study. I'd recommend renting it over buying it.
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