THE LENNON REPORT assembles a stellar cast to tell the story of the real men and women who tried in vain to save the life of the world’s most famous musician the night he was gunned down outside of the Dakota in New York City on December 8, 1980. For some, this movie is the first telling of their story, 36 years later. For others, it sets the record straight. For all, it reveals the emotional toll the loss of this icon had on these individuals.
Setting itself apart from other documentations from that fateful night, THE LENNON REPORT shares the behind-the-scenes look at the hospital where it all went down, for the first time. In many cases, this back story has reported inaccurately for more than 35 years. Though the movie does not focus on him, it’s also especially newsworthy right now given that his shooter, Mark David Chapman, was recently denied parole again.
What We Thought:
The Lennon Report is an interesting take on the night John Lennon was killed. It’s told from the point of view of those in the hospital and the news teams trying to break the story.
Lennon was shot and brought to the hospital by the police and not an ambulance. It was all hush-hush, but a reporter happened to be in the hospital because of an accident. He sees someone being rushed in and hears a name, but can’t confirm. No one at the hospital will tell him if it’s Lennon or not and he tries to call his news crew. This was 1980 so he had to rely on pay phones and the desk phone all while being injured himself.
It shows the doctor who claimed to be the doctor who tried to save Lennon’s life. It shows how the hospital handled the situation and how news and police starting showing up as the story started to leak.
I like that the film is around 90 minutes. It could have dragged if it was any longer. It did feel longer than what it was because not a lot does happen, but being short does help overall.
The cast is filled with faces you might recognize, but not necessarily names you know. Richard Kind might be the biggest name in the cast, but the cast does fine. I know Devin Ratray from meeting him on RIPD, you knew him when he was younger as Buzz in the Home Alone movies.
The Lennon Report won’t wow anyone and you might have a hard time even finding it now. I could see it being popular once it hits Netflix though. If you love The Beatles and watch anything about them, give this a shot if you can find it.
Cast & Crew:
- Adrienne C. Moore
- Evan Jonigkeit
- Richard Kind
- Devin Ratray
- David Zayas
- Stef Dawson
Recommended If You Like:
- The Beatles
- John Lennon