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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 »
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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
Shona Mitchell ... Assistant Stage Manager

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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Also Known As:
"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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Jumbled, 1 February 2008
Author: dbborroughs from Glen Cove, New York

Documentary about Sam Shepard and the star studded production of Shepard's play the Late Henry Moss.

This was one of the choices on IFC in Theaters cable service and since I'm a huge theater fan as well as a fan of most of the people involved I figured I would give the film a shot. While its great to see how play is rehearsed and put together I found it all very disjointed and ultimately a mess. I know part of my problem going in was that I was completely unfamiliar with the play. Now having seen this film I feel I'm considerably less so. I'm sure that had I had some clue as to what the play was about the scenes we see being worked on might have had some resonance, instead of just seeming to be random.Many people have compared this to Looking For Richard, Al Pacino's film about Richard the Third, while that film had what seemed like random scenes, the play is part of our cultural heritage and so the plot is known by most people. Also that earlier film deals with Shakepeare and interpreting the Bard, things are put into a context. Thats not the case here. Here we have a good many talking heads talking about the production, Shepard, and Shepard's plays, and the autobiographical nature of what Shepard writes (and biographical stories). Its a jumbled mess that never really seemed to come together. Half an hour in I started to fast forward. It just never grabbed me or made me know what I was watching.

A miss.

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