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Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father (2008)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Biography, Crime | January 2008 (USA)
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A filmmaker decides to memorialize a murdered friend when his friend's ex-girlfriend announces she is expecting his son.

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Kurt Kuenne

Writer:

Kurt Kuenne
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Cast

Credited cast:
Kurt Kuenne Kurt Kuenne ... Himself (voice)
Andrew Bagby Andrew Bagby ... Himself (archive footage) (as Dr. Andrew Bagby)
David Bagby ... Himself - Father
Kathleen Bagby Kathleen Bagby ... Herself - Mother
Shirley Turner Shirley Turner ... Herself - Ex-Girlfriend (archive footage) (as Dr. Shirley Turner)
Zachary Andrew Turner Zachary Andrew Turner ... Himself - Son (archive footage) (as Zachary Andrew Bagby)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Heather Arnold ... Herself - Former Fiance (as Dr. Heather Arnold)
Jon Atkinson Jon Atkinson ... Himself - Friend
Bob Bagby Bob Bagby ... Himself - Uncle (archive footage)
Earlene Bagby Earlene Bagby ... Herself - Bob's Widow
James Bagby James Bagby ... Himself - Cousin
Linda Bagby Linda Bagby ... Herself - Aunt
Pat Bagby Pat Bagby ... Himself - Uncle
Jason Baldwin Jason Baldwin ... Himself - Highschool Friend
Derek Barnard Derek Barnard ... Himself - Uncle
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Storyline

In 2001, Andrew Bagby, a medical resident, is murdered not long after breaking up with his girlfriend. Soon after, when she announces she's pregnant, one of Andrew's many close friends, Kurt Kuenne, begins this film, a gift to the child. Friends, relatives, and colleagues say warm and loving things about Andrew, home movies confirm his exuberance. Andrew's parents, Kathleen and David, move to Newfoundland, Canada where the ex-girlfriend has gone. They await an arrest and trial of the murderer. They negotiate with the ex-girlfriend to visit their grandchild, Zachary, and they seek custody. Is there any justice; is Zachary a sweet and innocent consolation for the loss of their son? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Not Rated

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

January 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father See more »

Filming Locations:

Pittsburgh ,Pennsylvania, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,886, 2 November 2008

Gross USA:

$18,334

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$18,334
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MSNBC Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Kurt Kuenne: On the afternoon on November 7th 2001 my sister called to tell me that doctor Andrew Bagby, my closest friend since the age of 7, had been killed. My name is Kurt and I'm a filmmaker. Andrew appeared in every movie I made growing up. I decided to make a movie, to travel far and wide, to interview everyone who ever knew and loved Andrew.
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Alternate Versions

The original cut of the documentary had a run time of over two hours and contains numerous other short scenes, most notably a segment in which Kuenne travels to England to interview Andrew's maternal relatives during a wedding. See more »

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A stunner
12 July 2008 | by crappydooSee all my reviews

I just completed watching this harrowing documentary and it is only now that, having got the time to catch my breath, I am able to review it.

To begin with, I'd recommend not reading any of the other reviews so that you start watching it with absolutely no foreknowledge, and so that the film gets the opportunity to have the impact that it is designed to have, which, in my opinion, would only be fair to the director. Therefore without revealing the story I would only like to mention that this is a documentary that the film maker has made in remembrance of his close friend and his family; and its a bloody good watch.

The direction is great and the best part is that this documentary is made in 'real time'; which means that events unfold as the film progresses. This is probably something that I've never experienced in any other documentary before, since most of them are made in retrospect. It makes its point clean and crisp and it will certainly not be a waste of your time and money.

The film progresses in a quick and efficient manner and the time just seems to fly. The film is narrated in a very smart way with plenty of smash cuts. This documentary plays like a big budget commercial Hollywood film and will probably have you glued right up to the last minute.

So its good stuff. If you get the chance to watch it I'd recommend it. If you don't, well that's just too bad.


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