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The Death and Life of John F. Donovan (2018)

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A decade after the death of an American TV star, a young actor reminisces the written correspondence he shared with him, as well as the impact those letters had on both their lives.

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Xavier Dolan
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Cast

Credited cast:
Natalie Portman ... Sam Turner
Jacob Tremblay ... Rupert Turner
Emily Hampshire ... Amy Bosworth
Sarah Gadon ... Liz Jones
Susan Sarandon ... Grace Donovan
Kit Harington ... John F. Donovan
Thandie Newton ... Audrey Newhouse
Jared Keeso ... James Donovan
Kathy Bates ... Barbara Haggermaker
Michael Gambon ... Narrator
Ben Schnetzer ... Rupert Turner (Adult)
Amara Karan ... Mrs. Kureishi
Chris Zylka ... Will Jefford Jr.
Sam Taylor Buck ... Young Daniel
Díana Bermudez ... Concierge
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A decade after the death of an American TV star, a young actor reminisces the written correspondence he shared with him, as well as the impact those letters had on both their lives.

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Drama

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Country:

Canada | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 March 2019 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Death and Life of John F. Donovan See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$33,340, 25 August 2019

Gross USA:

$141,149

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,294,034
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

As he dubbed a lot of actors in French-Canadian versions of many international movies, director Xavier Dolan dubbed the voice of Kit Harrington in its Quebec-made French version. See more »

Quotes

Sam Turner: You are never to write to that man again, do you understand?
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Much Ado About Nothing
18 March 2019 | by FrenchEddieFelsonSee all my reviews

I remain dubious and hungry: the movie globally lacks of achievement and seems unfinished.

Pros: the sensitivity of Xavier Dolan, the interpretation of the actors, the music, the photography, ...

Cons (only one actually, but a crippling one): the hubbub! I have the feeling that Xavier Dolan tries to artificially fill the relative emptiness of the script dealing with an epistolary relationship modestly reduced to a secret garden with a kaleidoscopic narrative, fuzzily alternating between Rupert and John on the one hand, the present and the past on the other hand.

To be watched again in a decade or two, with another look.


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