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Killing Reagan is a 2016 American television drama film directed by Rod Lurie and written by Eric Simonson. It is based on the 2015 book of the same name by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard. The film stars Tim Matheson, Cynthia Nixon, Joe Chrest, Joel Murray, Kyle S. More, and Michael H. Cole. The film premiered on October 16, 2016, on the National Geographic Channel.[1]

Killing Reagan
Killing Reagan poster.jpg
Television release poster
Based onKilling Reagan
by Bill O'Reilly
Martin Dugard
Screenplay byEric Simonson
Directed byRod Lurie
StarringTim Matheson
Cynthia Nixon
Joe Chrest
Joel Murray
Kyle S. More
Michael H. Cole
Composer(s)David Buckley
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Producer(s)Diane L. Sabatini
Editor(s)Christal Khatib
Running time100 minutes
Production company(s)Scott Free Productions
Original networkNational Geographic Channel
Original release
  • October 16, 2016 (2016-10-16)



The film opens at a Jimmy Carter re-election campaign rally in Nashville, Tennessee.

William Casey is serving as Reagan's campaign manager in 1980.

Hinckley is seen purchasing a Rohm gun. On October 28, 1980, Reagan and Carter debate in Cleveland, Ohio. Later, Hinckley hears about the assassination of John Lennon and develops a fascination with Mark David Chapman.

After Ronald Reagan recovers from the assassination attempt, Nancy Reagan hires the astrologer Joan Quigley.



On September 22, 2015, the National Geographic Channel and Scott Free Productions acquired rights to the book Killing Reagan.[2] On May 6, 2016, Tim Matheson and Cynthia Nixon joined the cast to play Ronald Reagan and Nancy Reagan.[3]



Killing Reagan received three Critics' Choice Television Award nominations for its seventh annual awards.[4]

Year Association Category Nominee(s) Result
2017 Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Actor in a Movie or Limited Series Tim Matheson Nominated
Best Actress in a Movie or Limited Series Cynthia Nixon Nominated
Best Movie or Limited Series Killing Reagan Nominated


  1. ^ Hipes, Patrick (2016-08-02). "'Killing Reagan' Gets October Premiere Date On Nat Geo". Deadline. Retrieved 2016-10-13.
  2. ^ Whitney Friedlander (2015-09-22). "Bill O'Reily's 'Killing Reagan' to Be National Geographic Movie". Variety. Retrieved 2016-10-13.
  3. ^ Lisa de Moraes (2016-05-06). "Tim Matheson, Cynthia Nixon Cast As Ronald & Nancy Reagan In 'Killing Reagan'". Deadline. Retrieved 2016-10-13.
  4. ^ "Critics' Choice Television Awards: HBO Leads 22 Nominations". Indie Wire. November 14, 2016. Retrieved November 14, 2016.

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