American Playhouse: Season 3, Episode 3

True West (31 Jan. 1984)

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A videotaped stage performance of Sam Shepard's play



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Austin, a Hollywood screenwriter living comfortably in suburban Arizona, is interrupted by the unexpected arrival of his prodigal brother Lee, whose menacing demeanor and pugilistic attitude draws Austin further and further into conflict until he must finally engage his brother in an intense psychological battle for his ideals, and perhaps even his life. Written by Maria Nicholas <>

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The teleplay was produced for Broadway and opened at the Circle in the Square Theater in New York on March 2, 2000, ran for 154 performances and Sam Shepard's script was nominated for the 2000 Tony Award for the Best Play. See more »


Lee: Do you think... there is enough... Goddamn gas... in your car?
Austin: Sure!
[He falls backward into the sink]
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Engrossing and Hilarious
3 August 2000 | by (San Carlos, CA) – See all my reviews

More a filmed play than a movie, as you watch this you feel as if you're really up at 2 am on a cool summer night with crickets out the window. Watching it reminded me how over-produced movies are with incidental music and camera changes every 5 seconds.

There are scenes in this movie that caused me to laugh harder than I can ever remember laughing before. Great plot, besides.

A must-see.

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