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The Laramie Project (2002)

TV-14 | | Drama, Crime | TV Movie 9 March 2002
The true story of an American town in the wake of the murder of Matthew Shepard.

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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>

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When a small town comes face to face with murder, everybody has a tale to tell. See more »

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Based on the actual people and events connected to the tragic death of a young gay student Matthew Shepard who became the victim of a widespread homophobia back in October 1998. His death led to a global acceptance of LGBT population as equal citizens. See more »

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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?
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Fight Wyoming Fight
Written by Edgar Lewis
Performed by The University of Wyoming Band
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Thoughtful, Stunning.
10 September 2003 | by (Boston, MA) – See all my reviews

A work that is exceptional both in terms of its structure and in terms of the unique nature of the presentation. It brings into sharp focus many of the complex elements of a horror like this and the profound effects which it has on the many disparate participants.

The quality of the acting is superb evidencing a dedication to the material that goes beyond mere craftwork; many of the performances are obviously from the heart and the soul. Dylan Baker, Amy Madigan, Jeremy Davies, Peter Fonda, Joshua Jackson, and Camryn Manheim are stellar. The courtroom speech by Matthew's Father is historical. The direction is challenging and engaging.

It takes a truly cold, trite, and hardened heart to dismiss such a moving film predicated solely upon the prejudices, regressive political posturing, and obvious homophobia brought to such dismissals.


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