MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 1,393 this week

This So-Called Disaster: Sam Shepard Directs the Late Henry Moss (2003)

6.2
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.2/10 from 201 users   Metascore: 76/100
Reviews: 10 user | 18 critic | 18 from Metacritic.com

Director Michael Almereyda's documentary on the weeks just prior to Sam Shepard's stage production of his play "The Late Henry Moss."

Director:

Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

Related News

Hawke Hits Dublin Stage
| WENN

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 70 titles
created 01 Feb 2011
 
a list of 46 titles
created 11 Apr 2011
 
a list of 1243 titles
created 02 Jan 2012
 
a list of 10000 titles
created 26 Jun 2012
 
list image
a list of 2255 titles
created 23 Apr 2013
 

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: This So-Called Disaster: Sam Shepard Directs the Late Henry Moss (2003)

This So-Called Disaster: Sam Shepard Directs the Late Henry Moss (2003) on IMDb 6.2/10

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

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Hamlet (2000)
Drama | Romance | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Modern-day New York City adaptation of Shakespeare's immortal story about Hamlet's plight to avenge his father's murder.

Director: Michael Almereyda
Stars: Ethan Hawke, Kyle MacLachlan, Diane Venora
Twister (1989)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

An oddball family on a Kansas farm are trapped in their farmhouse by an impending storm. The patriarch of the clan is a retired soda pop tycoon. He is currently dating a children's TV ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Almereyda
Stars: Harry Dean Stanton, Suzy Amis, Crispin Glover
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Director: Michael Almereyda
Stars: Barry Del Sherman, Isabel Gillies, Bob Gosse
Anarchy (2014)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Academy Award® nominees Ethan Hawke (Best Supporting Actor, Training Day, 2001) and Ed Harris (Best Actor, Pollock, 2000) lead a powerhouse cast including Milla Jovovich, John Leguizamo, Penn Badgley, Dakota Johnson, Anton Yelchin, with Bill Pullman, and Delroy Lindo in a gritty story of a take-no-prisoners war between dirty cops and an outlaw biker gang. Now, a drug kingpin (Harris) is driven to... See full summary »

Director: Michael Almereyda
Stars: Ethan Hawke, Ed Harris, Milla Jovovich
Comedy | Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  

Poet and pundit Andrei Codrescu (Road Scholar 1992) is once again taking the pulse of America, trading his Cadillac convertible for a variety of water craft as he explores, with typical ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Almereyda
Stars: Andrei Codrescu
Paradise II (2009)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Director: Michael Almereyda
Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The Fitzgerald classic as you've never seen it, transposed to a Los Angeles of sleek modern architecture and strip-mall foot clinics.

Director: Michael Almereyda
Stars: James Benning, Jay Hernandez, Kristin Malko
Skinningrove (2013)
Documentary | Short | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A photographer shares unpublished images chronicling time spent among the 'fiercely independent' residents of a remote English fishing village.

Director: Michael Almereyda
Short | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  

A young man sets out to bring back one of the Ogre's feathers, to save the dying King. Complications arise when he encounters the Ogre's Wife. A story about virtue and selflessness, adapted from a folk tale by Italo Calvino.

Director: Michael Almereyda
Stars: Frank Harts, Rachel Chandler, Samuel R. Delany
Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Michael Almereyda
Stars: James Ransone, Rachel Rossin, Lois Smith
Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A gambler comes to live with his sister and discovers his young nephew can predict the winner of horse races by riding on his rocking horse.

Director: Michael Almereyda
Stars: Jesse Forrestal, Eric Stoltz, Paula Malcomson
Aliens (1993)
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  
Director: Michael Almereyda
Stars: Christopher Norcross, Jonathan Norcross
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
...
Ray
...
Earl
...
Esteban
Sheila Tousey ...
Chonchella
...
Himself (as T-Bone Burnett)
...
Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
...
Himself
...
Taxi Driver
Ann Militello ...
Herself
Edit

Storyline

After the American playwright and actor Sam Shepard had played the role of the ghost in Michael Almereyda's Hamlet, Shepard invited the filmmaker to document rehearsals for his The Late Henry Moss, that he staged with Nick Nolte and Sean Penn in leading roles. Almereyda and his crew filmed the last three weeks before the première. The film combines interviews with Shepard, his actors and staff with images of the rehearsals. The result is both a portrait and a unique glimpse of top actors seeking their way through the material. The film also offers a survey of the career of Shepard, including a report of his stormy relationship with his father, who died in 1984. Written by Sujit R. Varma

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Documentary

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some language | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

21 April 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Late Henry Moss  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$8,435 (USA) (23 April 2004)

Gross:

$45,195 (USA) (25 June 2004)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente)

Color:

See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
intriguing behind the scenes documentary
22 May 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The documentary "This So-Called Disaster" is a behind-the-scenes look at the making of Sam Sheppard's semi-autobiographical play "The Late Henry Moss," which debuted in San Francisco in 2000. Being himself the son of an alcoholic father, Sheppard drew upon his own personal experience for this cathartic tale of two brothers' coming to terms with the death of their own alcoholic father. The actors in this production include Sean Penn, Nick Nolte, Cheech Marin and Woody Harrelson. As Penn says at one point, Sheppard's plays often deal with the theme of men trying to forge their identities in a world with no clear-cut definition of what a man is supposed to be. This theme filters through in both the snippets of the play we see being worked on in the rehearsals and in the on-camera interviews with Sheppard and many of the principal performers in the production.

It's a tribute to both the power of Sheppard's writing and the talent of the actors playing the roles that we find ourselves wanting to see this play merely from the glimpses we get of it in rough-cut form. Anyone interested in playwriting and fine acting will be mesmerized by the nuts-and-bolts aspects of this film, as it shows us just how a theatrical work, involving some of the greatest talents in modern drama, ultimately comes to fruition.

It's no "Looking for Richard," but "This So-Called Disaster" has much to offer the serious theaterphile.


4 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?