The Killing of John Lennon

Synopsis: A dramatization of Mark Champman's plan to murder John Lennon.
Genre: Crime, Drama
Director(s): Andrew Piddington
Production: IFC Films
  1 win & 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
114 min

[man] There was no emotion

in my blood.

There was no anger.

There was nothing.

It was dead silence in my brain.

Dead, cold quiet.

He looked at me,

he walked past me,

and then I heard my head.

It said,

"Do it, do it, do it, do it",

over and over again.


[man] The "Catcher in the Rye"

of my generation.

Chapter 27.


My whole life

has pointed in one direction.

I can see that now.

There's never been

any choice for me.

You never find your identity

by looking for it.

[air horns blare / people cheer]

[Reagan] They say the United States

has had its day in the sun,

that our nation

has passed its zenith.

They expect you

to tell your children

that the American people no longer

have the will to cope with their problems,

that the future will be one

of sacrifice and few opportunities.

My fellow citizens,

I utterly reject that view.


- Hey, man, you're late.

- I thought you weren't in till Monday.

The boss called. Arthur's ill.

The new guy ain't here yet.

You're kidding.

It's almost 11:

I know.

I've been here since seven.

[man on TV] ...will get things

under way there in the music hall.

What's going on over there?

Someone jammed gum in the locks.

- Animals.

- That's what I said.

[woman on TV] ...election day.

Before going to the polls,

voters want to understand the issues.

- Have you called in?

- It's all yours.

Voters will have an opportunity

to see and hear the major-party

candidates for the presidency

state their views

on issues that affect us all.

[man on TV] The candidates will debate

questions on domestic, economic,


and national-security issues.

The questions are going to be posed

by a panel of distinguished journalists

who are here with me.

- [phone rings]

- [man on TV] They are: Marvin Stone...

[phone continues to ring]

Yes, hello?


[man] Bang, bang.

You're dead.


[man] 12 hours of work

and I still can't sleep.

The days go on and on,

and they don't end.

My body fights me always.

It won't sleep, it won't eat.

The headaches are getting worse.

Thank you.

Hey. Mark.

- Hey.

- What are you doing?

Well, it's very nice

to see you too, Mark.

- Everything OK over here?

- Oh, yeah, sure. Fine.

This is Makana.

Makana, this is Mark. Mark is an old...

- I'm her son.

- [woman] Oh, you!

Oh, don't listen to him.

I was never much of a mother to him. We

were more like best friends. Weren't we?

Mind you, where we come from,

that can be one and the same.

- Makana's gonna take me surfing.

- [tyres squeal]

[mother] Bye.

[Mark] My mother

was a dreamer, moody,

right out of "The Glass Menagerie".

She was afraid of getting old and said

she'd commit suicide when she turned 50.

She felt romantic

about Charles Boyer,

but remote from my father.

I don't think

I ever hugged my father.

He never told me he loved me

and he never said he was sorry.

My mother always said

he couldn't show these kinds of things,

couldn't show

any kind of emotional love.

One time, he pushed my head

in a plate of spaghetti.

Sometimes I fantasised about

getting a gun and blowing him away.

She said she only married him

to have me.

Normal kids don't grow up

to shoot ex-Beatles.

All my life needed

was a sense of someplace to go.

I don't believe you should devote your life

to morbid self-attention.

I believe that one should

become a person like other people.

I was starting to hate people.

The slightest rebuff or rejection

would send me into a frenzy.

[phone rings]

Bang, bang.

You're dead.

Bang, bang.

You're dead.

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Andrew Piddington

Andrew J. Piddington (born October 18, 1949 in Romford, Essex) is an English film and television director, screenwriter, and producer. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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