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The Killing of John Lennon is a 2006 British biographical drama film about Mark David 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.

The Killing of John Lennon
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byAndrew Piddington
Produced byRakha Singh
Written byAndrew Piddington
StarringJonas Ball
Robert C. Kirk
Thomas A. McMahon
Mie Omori
Krisha Fairchild
Music byMartin Kiszko
CinematographyRoger Eaton
Edited byTony Palmer
Distributed byThe Works (UK)
IFC Films (US)
Release date
Running time
114 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

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 and Tom J. Raider 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 Mother
  • Howard Bishop as Chapman's Father
  • Jane Fox 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
  • Yuka Sanabe/Yan Xi as Yoko Ono

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