6.2/10
1,824
18 user 50 critic

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

Trailer
2:47 | Trailer
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.

Director:

Xavier Dolan
Reviews
Popularity
215 ( 1,432)
1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Sibyl (2019)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A jaded psychotherapist returns to her first passion of becoming a writer.

Director: Justine Triet
Stars: Virginie Efira, Adèle Exarchopoulos, Gaspard Ulliel
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A drama focusing on a group of friends in their late 20s.

Director: Xavier Dolan
Stars: Xavier Dolan, Harris Dickinson, Anne Dorval
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A man tries that his wife fall in love with him again, after to wake up in an alternate reality where she never knew him.

Director: Hugo Gélin
Stars: François Civil, Joséphine Japy, Benjamin Lavernhe
Pain & Glory (2019)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A film director reflects on the choices he's made in life as past and present come crashing down around him.

Director: Pedro Almodóvar
Stars: Antonio Banderas, Asier Etxeandia, Leonardo Sbaraglia
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Louis (Gaspard Ulliel), a terminally ill writer, returns home after a long absence to tell his family that he is dying.

Director: Xavier Dolan
Stars: Gaspard Ulliel, Marion Cotillard, Léa Seydoux
Comedy | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

The peaceful town of Centerville finds itself battling a zombie horde as the dead start rising from their graves.

Director: Jim Jarmusch
Stars: Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Tom Waits
Deerskin (2019)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A man's obsession with his designer deerskin jacket causes him to blow his life savings and turn to crime.

Director: Quentin Dupieux
Stars: Jean Dujardin, Adèle Haenel, Albert Delpy
Parasite (2019)
Comedy | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

All unemployed, Ki-taek's family takes peculiar interest in the wealthy and glamorous Parks for their livelihood until they get entangled in an unexpected incident.

Director: Joon-ho Bong
Stars: Kang-ho Song, Sun-kyun Lee, Yeo-jeong Jo
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

The result of the small handkerchiefs "Petits mouchoirs", 7 years later. The band, which erupted, is found on the occasion of the anniversary surprise organized for Max.

Director: Guillaume Canet
Stars: François Cluzet, Marion Cotillard, Gilles Lellouche
Fabulous (2019)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

There is Laurie, the girl next door, trying to become fabulous. There is Clara, the media social star living just for the "likes". And there is Elizabeth, rising up against everything. The ... See full summary »

Director: Mélanie Charbonneau
Stars: Mikhaïl Ahooja, Adrien Bletton, Geneviève Boivin-Roussy
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A semi-autobiographical story about Hubert as a young homosexual at odds with his mother.

Director: Xavier Dolan
Stars: Anne Dorval, Xavier Dolan, François Arnaud
Drama | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A grieving man meets his lover's family, who were not aware of their son's sexual orientation.

Director: Xavier Dolan
Stars: Xavier Dolan, Pierre-Yves Cardinal, Lise Roy
Edit

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
Edit

Storyline

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.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

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 »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$33,340, 25 August 2019

Gross USA:

$141,958

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,301,747
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The film cast includes three Oscar winners, Kathy Bates, Susan Sarandon, and Natalie Portman. See more »

Quotes

Audrey Newhouse: This last letter suggests he was full of hope...
Rupert Turner: Which is why I am sure you will understand that, for obvious reasons, that is the version that I chose to believe.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in WatchMojo: Top 10 Actors Completely Cut from Movies (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

Rolling In the Deep
Written by Adele and Paul Epworth
Performed by Adele
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Overblown and over-wrought
13 September 2019 | by ozjosh03See all my reviews

Dolan's movie creaks and groans and ultimately fizzles under the weight of it's own enormous ambition. And, to be fair, it's beautifully directed. Dolan has great visual stye, invests scenes with great energy and emotion, and gets wonderful performances from a very impressive cast. You can see why Sarandon and Bates and Portman would have placed their faith in him. Unfortunately, the script is too slight to withstand the epic treatment it's given, and the movie runs out of steam before even the halfway mark. It's at least 20 minutes, probably 30 minutes too long. But even a good hard edit wouldn't have saved it. Dolan is certainly a director to watch, but he's going to need better material than this.


2 of 3 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 18 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed