MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 1,486 this week

The Laramie Project (2002)

TV Movie  -   -  Drama | Crime  -  9 March 2002 (USA)
7.3
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.3/10 from 5,237 users  
Reviews: 72 user | 19 critic

The true story of an American town in the wake of the murder of Matthew Shepard.

Director:

Writers:

(play), (screenplay), 20 more credits »
Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

$0.00 with Prime Instant Video

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb Picks: October

IMDb's editors share the movies and TV shows they are excited to see in October.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 46 titles
created 04 Feb 2011
 
a list of 32 titles
created 24 Jul 2012
 
a list of 43 titles
created 14 Apr 2013
 
a list of 29 titles
created 4 months ago
 
a list of 47 titles
created 2 months ago
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Laramie Project (TV Movie 2002)

The Laramie Project (TV Movie 2002) on IMDb 7.3/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Laramie Project.
Nominated for 4 Primetime Emmys. Another 5 wins & 12 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Dear Jesse (1998)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Can you go home again? What if you're a gay man and home is a state where voters keep electing a homophobe to the US Senate? In 1996, at age 30, native son Tim Kirkman returns to North ... See full summary »

Director: Tim Kirkman
Stars: Nathan A. Barbour, Karen Brown, Patsy Clarke
The Matthew Shepard Story (TV Movie 2002)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Based on the true story of openly gay college student Matthew Shepard, killed in an act of senseless violence and cruelty, that attracted national attention.

Director: Roger Spottiswoode
Stars: Stockard Channing, Shane Meier, Wendy Crewson
Ronnie & Julie (TV Movie 1997)
Drama | Romance | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A remake of Romeo and Juliet, set in a modern day high school.

Director: Philip Spink
Stars: Teri Garr, Joshua Jackson, Margot Finley
Wild Iris (TV Movie 2001)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A woman and her teenage son move back in with her mother to work together in the family bridal business.

Director: Daniel Petrie
Stars: Gena Rowlands, Laura Linney, Emile Hirsch
Lush (1999)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

Among the rich in New Orleans, it's the lush life for Lionel Exley, a golf hustler and heavy drinker. Released from an Arkansas jail, "Ex" returns to the Big Easy and starts a friendship ... See full summary »

Director: Mark Gibson
Stars: Campbell Scott, Laura Linney, Jared Harris
Miranda (2002)
Comedy | Romance | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

A librarian begins a passionate affair with a mysterious woman who walks into his library. When she suddenly disappears he travels down to London to search for her only to discover that she... See full summary »

Director: Marc Munden
Stars: Christina Ricci, John Simm, Kyle MacLachlan
Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

The film follows fictional movie star Gray Evans through the disintegration of his marriage, his gradual mental breakdown, and his increasing obsession with a young film student who reminds... See full summary »

Director: Adam Goldberg
Stars: Marisa Coughlan, Judy Greer, Shalom Harlow
Americano (2005)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

"Americano" centers around Chris McKinley, a recent college graduate backpacking through Europe who savors his last three days of freedom before boarding the career fast track back in the ... See full summary »

Director: Kevin Noland
Stars: Joshua Jackson, Leonor Varela, Timm Sharp
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

"All Over The Guy" is a contemporary romantic comedy about the quest to find the "one" when "the one" doesn't know he's the "one." It explores the unlikely pairing of two 20-somethings ... See full summary »

Director: Julie Davis
Stars: Dan Bucatinsky, Richard Ruccolo, Sasha Alexander
No Vacancy (1999)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

Lillian is a 21-year-old drifter engaged to a philandering loser and locked in her room with a strange man. She lives next to a failed violinist who won't stop playing his instrument. He ... See full summary »

Director: Marius Balchunas
Stars: Olek Krupa, Lolita Davidovich, Timothy Olyphant
Capitol Law (TV Movie 2006)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Sharp legal associates at a Washington D.C. law firm struggle to get along with their ruthless, ethically-challenged managing partner.

Director: Danny Cannon
Stars: Kevin Pollak, Pat Skipper, Gabrielle Made
On the Edge of Innocence (TV Movie 1997)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Teenage Zoe Tyler suffers from manic-depression. With a musician father who is never around life seems hard. Zoe eventually lands up in a psychiatric ward for treatment. There she meets ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Werner
Stars: Kellie Martin, James Marsden, Karen Young
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
...
Andy Paris ...
...
Greg Pierotti (as Grant James Varjas)
Kelli Simpkins ...
...
Billie McBride ...
Bill Christ ...
...
Regina Krueger ...
...
Edit

Storyline

Moisés Kaufman and members of New York's Tectonic Theater Project went to Laramie, Wyoming after the murder of Matthew Shepard. This is a film version of the play they wrote based on more than 200 interviews they conducted in Laramie. It follows and in some cases re-enacts the chronology of Shepard's visit to a local bar, his kidnap and beating, the discovery of him tied to a fence, the vigil at the hospital, his death and funeral, and the trial of his killers. It mixes real news reports with actors portraying friends, family, cops, killers, and other Laramie residents in their own words. It concludes with a Laramie staging of "Angels in America" a year after Shephard's death. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Everyone Carries a Piece of the Truth. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Crime

Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

9 March 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Le projet Laramie  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The Jedadiah Schultz character (played by Jeremy Davies) talks about winning a competition by performing a scene from the play "Angels in America" by Tony Kushner. Kathleen Chalfant, another member of the "Laramie Project" cast, played Hannah Porter Pitt, Ethel Rosenberg, and other roles in the original Broadway production of "Angels in America". See more »

Quotes

Rulon Stacey: [ready to make a statement with the hospital staff looking at the gathered crowd outside] Oh, my God... Anybody else wanna do this?
See more »

Connections

Featured in The 54th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Moving Right Along
Written by Meg Christian
Performed by Meg Christian
Courtesy of Olivia Records
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A murder in Wyoming
2 November 2005 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

A young gay man brutally killed by two young men trying to make a point about their hatred of homosexuals is the basis of Moises Kaufman's brilliant play seen here a few years ago. On the stage the play is somewhat detached because of the limitations in the text, but as a film, adapted for the screen by Mr. Kaufman, the immediacy of the story is more shocking than in the theater.

"The Laramie Project" is seen in a documentary fashion. The director and his assistants went to Laramie to investigate the incident that caused a world wide uproar because of the savage way Matthew Shepard's death had caused. In recreating the facts, Mr. Kaufman has dramatized the story by having real actors play the different people in town with whom he and his collaborators talked during the days of the research trip.

What comes out about the story is that individually, the citizens of Laramie were as shocked as everyone else was. After all, they considerer themselves as pretty tolerant, so why a horrible tragedy like this could ever happened amongst them? In fact, it only takes a pair of misguided individuals, who think thought they would make a statement by inflicting on the unsuspecting Matthew Shepard a punishment he didn't deserve.

The ensemble cast that play the different parts is an inspired choice. Mr. Kaufman was lucky in amassing such talent that respond so well to his commands. Steve Buscemi, Camryn Manhein, Laura Linney, Amy Madigan, Frances Sternhagen, Christina Ricci, Margo Martindale, Kathleen Chalfant, Terry Kinney, just to name a few, give excellent readings about what really occurred in Laramie.

Ultimately, Mr. Kaufman makes his point by just letting the citizens of Laramie come to terms with the horrible tragedy that shook their town.


27 of 30 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
what do you think about homosexuality? makrisem25
wept a lot.... reg_barclay
Rated 7.4 !!?!?! boy_in_radiator
What if it was an old lady? homerthompsonman
Parts cut out McPearson
Fred Phelps may be coming to picket our production... monkipottumus
Discuss The Laramie Project (2002) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page