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Director Michael Almereyda's documentary on the weeks just prior to Sam Shepard's stage production of his play "The Late Henry Moss." Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Hawke Hits Dublin Stage
 (From WENN. 6 March 2003)

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  (in credits order)

Sean Penn ... Ray

Nick Nolte ... Earl

Cheech Marin ... Esteban
Sheila Tousey ... Chonchella

T Bone Burnett ... Himself (as T-Bone Burnett)

Sam Shepard ... Himself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

James Gammon ... Himself

Woody Harrelson ... Taxi Driver
Ann Militello ... Herself

Directed by
Michael Almereyda 
Produced by
Holly Becker .... executive producer
Callum Greene .... producer
Anthony Katagas .... producer
Cinematography by
Andrew Black 
Adam Keker 
Michael McDonough 
Film Editing by
Kate Williams 
Sound Department
Antonio L. Arroyo .... sound editor
Editorial Department
Laurie Butler .... additional editor
Michael Taylor .... additional editor
Aimée Toledano .... assistant editor
Jonah Zeiger .... special thanks

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"This So-Called Disaster" - USA (short title)
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Rated R for some language
USA:89 min | Argentina:90 min (Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente)


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intriguing behind the scenes documentary, 22 May 2005
Author: Roland E. Zwick ( from United States

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.

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