MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 827 this week

The Matthew Shepard Story (2002)

TV Movie  -   -  Drama  -  4 June 2006 (Sweden)
7.6
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.6/10 from 1,016 users  
Reviews: 26 user | 3 critic

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:

0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 507 titles
created 13 Mar 2011
 
a list of 1729 titles
created 23 Jul 2011
 
a list of 240 titles
created 13 Sep 2011
 
a list of 159 titles
created 22 Sep 2011
 
a list of 43 titles
created 24 Jul 2013
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Matthew Shepard Story (TV Movie 2002)

The Matthew Shepard Story (TV Movie 2002) on IMDb 7.6/10

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

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Matthew Shepard Story.
Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 5 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Dear Jesse (1998)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 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
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

The true story of Gwen Araujo, a young transgendered woman who was brutally murdered by four men in 2002.

Director: Agnieszka Holland
Stars: Mercedes Ruehl, JD Pardo, Lupe Ontiveros
The Laramie Project (TV Movie 2002)
Drama | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

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

Director: Moisés Kaufman
Stars: Christina Ricci, Steve Buscemi, Kathleen Chalfant
Documentary | Biography | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

MATT SHEPARD IS A FRIEND OF MINE is a film about the Matthew Shepard behind the headlines. An honest and intimate portrait of Matt as he is remembered by those who knew him, it is the story... See full summary »

Director: Michele Josue
Close to Leo (TV Movie 2002)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

When 21 year-old Leo, the oldest of four brothers, announces to his rural French family that he's HIV+ family bonds are tested. The family decides that 11 year Marcel, the youngest, is too ... See full summary »

Director: Christophe Honoré
Stars: Yaniss Lespert, Pierre Mignard, Marie Bunel
The Last Innocent Man (TV Movie 1987)
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A criminal defense attorney is seduced by a beautiful woman and reluctantly takes on the defense of her estranged husband who is charged with murder, but finds his career threatened because... See full summary »

Director: Roger Spottiswoode
Stars: Ed Harris, Roxanne Hart, David Suchet
Clapham Junction (TV Movie 2007)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

36 hours in the lives of a number of gay men in Clapham, South London.

Director: Adrian Shergold
Stars: Tom Beard, James Bellamy, Robin Berry
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A tale revolving around the carefree and bon-vivant, Felix, who is content living with his boyfriend, Daniel in the town of Dieppe in Northern France. When Felix is laid off from his job, ... See full summary »

Directors: Olivier Ducastel, Jacques Martineau
Stars: Sami Bouajila, Patachou, Ariane Ascaride
Tan Lines (2007)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

From the sun-drenched beaches of Australia comes this sexy coming-of-age romance. Cute teen Midget Hollow (Jack Baxter) wanders through life riding big waves and partying with surfer boys. ... See full summary »

Director: Ed Aldridge
Stars: Jack Baxter, Lorena Arancibia, Jed Clarke
A Love to Hide (TV Movie 2005)
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

A young Jewish girl looking to escape the clutches of the Third Reich after seeing her parents and sister brutally slain while attempting to make their way to England is sheltered by an old... See full summary »

Director: Christian Faure
Stars: Jérémie Renier, Louise Monot, Bruno Todeschini
Anatomy of a Hate Crime (TV Movie 2001)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Fact-based drama centering on the brutal 1998 murder of Matthew Shepard, an openly homosexual college student in Wyoming, by two homophobic, trouble-making teens and their co-conspirator ... See full summary »

Director: Tim Hunter
Stars: Cy Carter, Brendan Fletcher, Ian Somerhalder
A Girl Like Me II (2005)
Documentary | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  

I wanted to make a film that explored the standards of beauty imposed on today's black girls. How do these standards affect her self-esteem or self-image. Through making this film I learned... See full summary »

Director: Kiri Davis
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
Sarah
...
...
Cal
...
Pablo
...
Damien Atkins ...
Donny
Philip Eddolls ...
Aaron McKinney (as Philip Edolls)
Paul Robbins ...
Russell Henderson
...
Defense Attorney
...
Lance
...
Shima
Makyla Smith ...
Casey
...
Matthew's Date
Edit

Storyline

In 1998, a young gay man by the name of Matthew Shepard was robbed, viciously beaten and left tied to a fence to die. Although he was soon found by the police and hospitalized, he soon expired. This film recounts the events after the conviction of the two men responsible for this hate motivated murder. Matthew's parents, though satisfied by the conviction, are finding the sentencing phase of the trial more difficult. The parents initially want to request the death penalty for their son's murderers, but the mother, Judy, starts to reconsider. As they struggle with their decision, they decide to reexamine the life of their son and rediscover his personality, his struggle to accept his homosexual sexual orientation as a natural part of his being and above all, his generous humanity to others. All of this leads the parents to appeal to the court the way their son would have wanted, not out of vengeance but to represent best of what their son was and the tragedy of his loss. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@rogers.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

A hate crime that forever changed the nation.

Genres:

Drama

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

4 June 2006 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

L'affaire Matthew Shepard  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Version of Anatomy of a Hate Crime (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Good Vibration
Written by Mladen Borosak and Tom Barlow
Performed by Twigg
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A great Story for a tragic incident
20 March 2002 | by (San Jose, CA) – See all my reviews

Why does it take something this idiotic to create such a fantastic story. The fact that this story is true, is truly sad. Stockard Channing and Sam W. did a great job portraying a couple torn over the senseless loss of a son. The fact that Matthew Shepard was portrayed as a less than perfect human was well done. To demonstrate that we are all imperfect, but deserved to be loved for the beings we are. God loves all of us, and anyone who say other wise is Wrong, Ignorant, Stupid, or Blind!


9 of 11 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Westboro Baptist Church commercial_hater
Is this a tear-jerker? techdaemon
RIP MATTHEW!!! star1230530
MTV Movie? hip_hop_qween
JESSE DIRKHISING J-Streicher
The Laramie Project yemo
Discuss The Matthew Shepard Story (2002) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?