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 »


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About the most original, and odd, screenplay ever filmed
23 January 2000 | by (Santa Fe, NM) – See all my reviews

It is one of the most authentic depictions of brotherly "love" I've ever seen. The reversal of Austin's and Lee's roles during the course of the film, then their both sinking to a common level of animalistic degradation, overseen by an oblivious mother, is truly hilarious and hilariously true.

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