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The Killing of John Lennon
The Killing of John Lennon
Actors: Jonas Ball, Mie Omori, Krisha Fairchild, Gunther Stern, Robert Kirk
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Music Video & Concerts, Mystery & Suspense
UR     2008     1hr 54min

Mark David Chapman, a 25 year old security guard in Hawaii, bought a plane ticket to New York with the intention of killing the world's greatest musician and dreamer: The Beatles' John Lennon. Camping outside Lennon's apar...  more »


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Actors: Jonas Ball, Mie Omori, Krisha Fairchild, Gunther Stern, Robert Kirk
Creators: Roger Eaton, Makana, Martin Kiszko
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Music Video & Concerts, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Love & Romance, John Lennon, Classic Rock, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: Ifc
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen
DVD Release Date: 08/05/2008
Original Release Date: 01/01/2006
Theatrical Release Date: 00/00/2006
Release Year: 2008
Run Time: 1hr 54min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

It Took a Village...
jewessjen | Minneapolis, MN | 12/22/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"C'mon and ride on the Blame Train, shall we?
Was it the mental hospital that evidently released a criminally insane Chapman into society just 3 years before he killed Lennon despite the fact that he was diagnosed with severe schizophrenia? And hey, why didn't the Honolulu Scientology Center involve the cops when he was harassing them with death threats just 4 months before he shot Lennon? That would have at least initiated some sort of paper trail. Was it the mother who raised her son as a `best friend' (i.e. couldn't care less about him) instead of son? Perhaps a father who couldn't be bothered unless it was to push his face into a plate of spaghetti?
Look, I place most of the blame on the wife. She knew what her husband was up to, knew he was flying to NYC to kill John Lennon but never told anyone even though she knew he had a gun and stayed up all night listening to Beatles albums plotting against John, going on tirades about what a phony he was for owning prize Holstein cows. I would have had him reading 'Catcher in the Rye' in the state hospital quicker than you could say `annulment'.
I could go on and on but why? See the film yourself, I'm giving it 5 stars.
Finally, as important and influential as John Lennon is in our culture, for 25 years (since 4th grade, people) I've felt a lot of anguish around his passing. Even though I'm very spiritual and I know he was, too. This film goes a long way in explaining where MDC was at when this horrible act of violence took place. Now I'm not angry anymore."