Casting JonBenét

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Casting JonBenét's unorthodox approach to its genre sets it apart in a crowded field, making for a uniquely thought-provoking true crime documentary hybrid.



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20 years after the highly-publicized and unsolved murder of JonBenet Ramsey, a casting call for young actresses to play the late child beauty pageant queen serves as the basis of this documentary by Kitty Green. Green interviews the young actresses and their parents about why the Ramsey murder case remains relevant.


Hannah Cagwin
as JonBenet Ramsey/JonBenet Ramsey Auditionee/Herself
Aeona Cruz
as JonBenet Ramsey Auditionee/Herself
Liv Bagley
as JonBenet Ramsey Auditionee/Herself
Shylee Sagle
as JonBenet Ramsey Auditionee/Herself
Danika Toolson
as JonBenet Ramsey Auditionee/Herself
Nicole Hamilton
as JonBenet Ramsey Auditionee/Herself
Emma Winslow
as JonBenet Ramsey Auditionee/Herself
Elle Walker
as JonBenet Ramsey Auditionee/Herself
Jerry Cortese
as Officer French/John Ramsey Auditionee/Himself
Kit Thompson
as Patsy Ramsey/Patsy Ramsey Auditionee/Herself
Laura Lee (IX)
as Patsy Ramsey / Patsy Ramsey Auditionee / Herself
Marian Rothschild
as Patsy Ramsey / Patsy Ramsey Auditionee / Herself
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  • Desperately, these people all want the truth -- as well as the gig -- and that tension is what makes Casting JonBenet provocative.

    May 17, 2017 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • It uses the Ramsey story as a prism for documenting our rabid rumor-mongering and far-away judgments of personalities hoisted onto a media stage. It is, oddly enough, about acting.

    May 17, 2017 | Full Review…
  • Scolding rather than revealing.

    May 12, 2017 | Full Review…
  • The strangest, most unnerving and, indeed, thoughtful approach to the case is currently streaming on Netflix. That's Casting JonBenét, which is neither ghoulish nor exploitive.

    May 8, 2017 | Full Review…
  • "Casting JonBenet," is in many ways a deeply unsatisfying, even infuriating film, but I wouldn't want not to have seen it.

    May 1, 2017 | Full Review…
  • Whereas crime docs typically seek to offer everything that is known about a crime, Casting JonBenet proves how little we will ever understand about that night.

    Apr 28, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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