American Playhouse: Season 3, Episode 3

True West (31 Jan. 1984)

TV Episode  -   -  Comedy | Drama
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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 <mnich@freeside.scsd.k12.ny.us>

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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 »

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Austin: There's going to be a general lack of toast in the neighbourhood this morning. Many many bewildered breakfast faces.
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Powerful
27 December 2001 | by (Virginia Beach) – See all my reviews

What more can you say about the performances that launched two great careers- Malkovich and Sinise. The quality of the filming is poor, but that is to be expected when trying to translate the live experience to film. It feels very TV studio. But this still doesn't detract from two very visceral performances that should be studied by every actor.


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