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Chapter 27 (2008)

Chapter 27



Drama, Crime

Release Date

March 28, 2008 (NY)

MPAA Rating



84 min.


Peace Arch Entertainment Group Inc

Official Site

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REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Not quite bad, but it's not recommended either.    Readers  4 of 5 [Rate It]

Cast and Crew


J.P. Schaefer


Robert Salerno, Naomi Despres, Alexandra Milchan


J.P. Schaefer



On December 8, 1980 Mark David Chapman shocked the world by murdering the beloved purveyor of peace, 40-year old musician and activist, John Lennon, outside The Dakota, his New York apartment building. Chapman's motives were fabricated from pure delusion, fueled by an obsession with the fictional character Holden Caulfield and his similar misadventures in J.D. Salinger's Catcher in the Rye. In one instant, an anonymous, mentally unstable 25-year old, socially awkward Beatles fan who had fluctuated between idealizing Lennon and being overcome with a desire to kill him - altered the course of history.

Jared Leto, 60 pounds heavier for the role, bears an uncanny physical resemblance to the real Chapman, who to this day, is incarcerated in Attica Prison, on a guilty plea. Aside from a Larry King interview in 1992, he has not spoken with the media. However, Chapman did reveal the mechanics of his unraveling during those three fateful days in New York City, to crime journalist Jack Jones. The interviews were published in 1992 as Let Me Take You Down: Inside the Mind of Mark David Chapman, a book of Chapman's recollections of his unthinkable act of violence. From this text, the film CHAPTER 27 is based. The film takes its title from the idea that through his actions in New York, Chapman was attempting to "write" his own additional, 27th chapter to Catcher in the Rye (which ends with chapter 26).

Leto's embodiment of a man whose painfully restless mind thrashes about uncontrollably between paranoia, socio-pathic lying and delusion is summed up in such character revealing comments as "I'm too vulnerable for a world full of pain and lies" and "Everyone is cracked and broken. You have to find something to fix you. To give you what you need. To make you whole again."

From his lies to cab drivers (identifying himself as the Beatles sound engineer) to his socially unacceptable behavior around Jude (Lindsay Lohan) a young fan he meets outside the Dakota -- to his argument with paparazzi photographer Paul (Judah Friedlander), Leto's Chapman keeps the psychoses bubbling below the surface as his grasp on reality deteriorates into a completely misguided rage.

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Jared Leto as Mark David Chapman in Peace Arch Entertainment's Chapter 27 (2008)
Lindsay Lohan as Jude and Jared Leto as Mark David Chapman in Peace Arch Entertainment's Chapter 27 (2008)

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“..a navel-gazing bore..”
by Maitland McDonagh [TV Guide]
“.."Chapter 27" is often dizzying, with leaps in time and logic that try to mirror its subject's mind-set..”
by Joe Neumaier [NY Daily News]
“.."Chapter 27" lacks poignancy and basically has no reason to exist..”
by Emanuel Levy [EmanuelLevy.Com]