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The Killing of John Lennon

The Killing of John Lennon
File:Killing of john lennon.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Andrew Piddington
Produced by Rakha Singh
Written by Andrew Piddington
Starring Jonas Ball
Robert C. Kirk
Thomas A. McMahon
Mie Omori
Krisha Fairchild
Music by Martin Kiszko
Cinematography Roger Eaton
Editing by Tony Palmer
Distributed by The Works (UK)
IFC Films (US)
Release date(s) July 15, 2006 (2006-19-15) (Edinburgh film festival)
December 7, 2007
Running time 114 min
Country United Kingdom
Language English

The Killing of John Lennon is a 2006 British non-fiction drama film about Mark Chapman's plot to kill musician John Lennon. The film was written and directed by Andrew Piddington, and stars Jonas Ball, Robert C. Kirk and Thomas A. McMahon.

British-produced, it was not released in the United States until 2008 and received much less attention than the similarly themed American-produced independent film Chapter 27 produced in 2007.

While Chapter 27 deals almost wholly with the actions of Mark Chapman during the three days before his murder of Lennon, this film chronicles his life three months prior and contains many flashbacks to his earlier life and upbringing, while exploring in detail his infatuation with J.D. Salinger's novel The Catcher in the Rye and the links between this and his motivation for killing Lennon.


  • Jonas Ball as Mark David Chapman
  • Richard Sherman as John Lennon
  • Joe Abbate as Taxi Driver
  • Gail Kay Bell as Psychiatrist
  • J. Francis Curley as Security Guard
  • Nicole Delorey as Record Shop Girl
  • Sofia Dubrawsky as Jude
  • Krisha Fairchild as Chapman's Mom
  • Vera Felice as Prostitute
  • James Hadde as Scientologist
  • Zero Kazama as Scientologist Leader
  • Robert C. Kirk as Det. John Sullivan
  • Thomas A. McMahon as Spiro
  • Mie Omori as Gloria Chapman
  • Joe Rosario as Police Inspector
  • John Sierros as Reporter
  • Anthony Solis as Gun Salesman
  • Tom Zolandz as Goresh

See also

External links

  • Internet Movie Database
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