MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 1,424 this week

Hate Crime (2005)

 -  Crime | Drama | Mystery  -  14 January 2005 (USA)
6.4
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.4/10 from 989 users   Metascore: 41/100
Reviews: 41 user | 14 critic | 9 from Metacritic.com

Robbie Levinson and Trey McCoy suddenly encounter intolerance and hostility at the hands of their new neighbor, Chris Boyd, the son of a fundamentalist preacher. One evening, Trey sets out ... See full summary »

Director:

Writer:

0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $1.99 on Amazon Instant Video

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 75 titles
created 25 Sep 2011
 
a list of 38 titles
created 10 Nov 2011
 
a list of 80 titles
created 18 Mar 2012
 
a list of 55 titles
created 25 Dec 2012
 
a list of 43 titles
created 30 Jul 2013
 

Related Items

Search for "Hate Crime" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Hate Crime (2005)

Hate Crime (2005) on IMDb 6.4/10

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

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Hate Crime.
9 wins. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Altitude Falling (Video 2010)
Romance | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.1/10 X  
Director: Paul Bright
Stars: Heath Allyn, Matt Beene, Paul Bright
Red Hook (2009)
Comedy | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.1/10 X  

Agoraphobic freshman in New York City must join a scavenger hunt to save her boyfriend from a murderous gamemaster.

Director: Elizabeth Lucas
Stars: Terrence Mann, Christina Brucato, Tate Ellington
Drama | Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Drew (Aaron Orr) is a forest ranger who meets yuppie Mark (Matthew Montgomery) after he falls while rock climbing... See full synopsis »

Director: Michael D. Akers
Stars: Matthew Montgomery, Aaron Orr, Ariadne Shaffer
The Man I Love (TV Movie 1997)
Drama | Romance | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

This is a combination coming out and first love story. The swimmer and diver Lucard is interested in attractive Martin. The film follows the characters' coming out with all its difficulties... See full summary »

Director: Stéphane Giusti
Stars: Jean-Michel Portal, Marcial Di Fonzo Bo, Mathilde Seigner
Drama | Music | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A modern gay drama about falling in and out of love, and the rocky road in between.

Director: Casper Andreas
Stars: Simon Miller, Justin Tensen, Rob Harmon
Sedona (2011)
Adventure | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Visitors to the mystical town of Sedona encounter eccentric characters and a series of calamities that lead them to unexpected miracles.

Director: Tommy Stovall
Stars: Frances Fisher, Seth Peterson, Beth Grant
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Chris and RJ reunite five years after coming out to their families and their church as gay men, where the factors that led to their separation are revealed as they mourn the death of their mutual friend Rodney.

Director: Jon Garcia
Stars: Nick Ferrucci, Benjamin Farmer, Hannah Barefoot
The Falls II (2012)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

The Falls is a feature film about two missionaries that fall in love while on their mission. RJ travels to a small town in Oregon with Elder Merrill to serve their mission and teach the ... See full summary »

Director: Jon Garcia
Stars: Quinn Allan, Brian Allard, Zach Carter
The Trip (2002)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

When 19-year-old gay-rights activist Tommy and 24-year-old Alan first meet in 1973, they find themselves on the opposite sides of the political coin. Despite their many differences, they ... See full summary »

Director: Miles Swain
Stars: Larry Sullivan, Steve Braun, Ray Baker
A Warm Wind (2011)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Buck, a Marine, has returned from the Iraq war. With physical disabilities, PTSD, and no real family to care for him, he can't seem to fit into society. His cousin David puts his own life ... See full summary »

Director: Jeff London
Stars: Tyler Haines, Zac Titus, Brent King
Redwoods (2009)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

An unfulfilled gay man in a stagnant relationship finds his life changed forever when he meets a struggling writer visiting the Redwoods Country.

Director: David Lewis
Stars: Matthew Montgomery, Tad Coughenour, Caleb Dorfman
Somefarwhere (2011)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Price (Bryce Blais)goes to a Middle East country on a pretext of being a tourist. However his real purpose is to find his best friend/lover Bo (Drew Boylan) who suddenly disappear without a... See full summary »

Director: Everett Lewis
Stars: Bryce Blais, Khaled Haider, Dale Dymkoski
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Robbie Levinson
...
Pastor Boyd
...
Chris Boyd
...
Barbara McCoy
...
Trey McCoy
...
Martha Boyd
...
Kathleen Slansky
...
Det. Elizabeth Fisher
...
Sean Hennigan ...
...
Stella
Ben Bathman ...
Connor Davis
Luke King ...
Alton Kachim
...
Detective Loy
...
Doctor Kucera
Edit

Storyline

Robbie Levinson and Trey McCoy suddenly encounter intolerance and hostility at the hands of their new neighbor, Chris Boyd, the son of a fundamentalist preacher. One evening, Trey sets out on his nightly walk with their dog and never returns. Immediately, fingers are pointed and Chris and Robbie become the prime suspects. With no support from the authorities, Robbie receives help from some unlikely sources to execute a desperate and dangerous plan that uncovers secrets that will turn many lives upside-down and ultimately bring the perpetrator to justice, regardless of the consequences. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Do unto others. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some violence, language and sexual content
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

14 January 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Eglima misous  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office

Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$3,303 (USA) (12 May 2006)

Gross:

$40,758 (USA) (8 September 2006)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Director Tommy Stovall, a former wedding videographer, had never been on a movie set before filming Hate Crime. See more »

Quotes

Det. Elizabeth Fisher: When did you see him?
Kathleen Slansky: It was after Dr. Phil.
Det. Elizabeth Fisher: You're gonna have to help me.
Kathleen Slansky: Dr. Phil is over at seven. Where've you been?
See more »

Connections

Featured in 2006 Glitter Awards (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

The Life
Written by Ebony Tay
Performed by Ebony Tay
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
The antidote for hate
27 May 2013 | by (Texas) – See all my reviews

Anyone out there know how the writer/director of this film got this gig with no proved track record or cinematic experience? And why, after hitting a home run on his first time at bat, he's only done one other film??? You have to give it to writer/director Tommy Stovall. He pulls off the impossible: the suspension of your disbelief as this convoluted plot unfolds to it's climactic, then unresolved, ending. There is no good reason to look at this screenplay and think that there is any way to get an audience to go along with this story, and yet, it works. During the filming of "The Birds", Tippy Hedren famously told Alfred Hitchcock that it made no sense that her character would walk upstairs and open the door to a room where she would be attacked by birds, for a second time, nearly to death. Hitchcock responded, "do as I say", and everyone knows how that turned out.

So, Tommy Stovall has delivered, with purpose, the tragic story of a brutal hate crime with a shocking ending that should by all standards of common sense, be unbelievable. It's not. Without spoiling the ending I will only say that what he does, he does for affect, and it works. In this film he plays out the rage, and hunger for justice, that the loved ones of murder victims feel down to their bones. He constructs the story in a way that will never play out in real life. And you don't care that it doesn't happen that way in real life. His characters just want the world to be right again. And yet, they come to realize that it never will be. And justice may not be served.

Here are four reasons why this film works. First: it plays on the inevitable feelings of grief, anger, and a yearning for justice, that are so powerful and universal when someone we love, or just know, or have even only read about, is brutally and senselessly murdered. Second reason: Tommy Stovall knows how to handle the story he's written (which is as unbelievable in itself since he'd never made a movie before this one). From the camera angles, to the rhythm and pace of the whole movie, scene by scene, and frame by frame, he has the audience in the palm of his hand. If I were to tell someone the plot line of this film even I wouldn't believe the words coming out of my own mouth. But he makes it work and justifies it, with his committed and skillful directing, to the end. Third reason: the cast is brilliant (mostly). Those who aren't, are easily good enough. The power parts are written for the mother of the victim and his killer. In my opinion, Stovall, for reasons of identifiability, underplayed the role of the surviving boyfriend of the victim in favor of the role of the mother. Again, for affect. As she sees law enforcement fail her son, Cindy Picket, who plays the mother, handles the evolution from "grief stricken mother" to "mother bear", with an intensity and realism that makes you wonder if she might have actually lived this at some point in her own life. Her face is worn. Her soul is crushed. She doesn't care if she lives or dies and you believe that she is capable of anything. Bruce Davison, who's career spans over forty years, has never given a bad performance. He is, in fact, one of the most consistently effective actors, no matter the role, the film, the director, or the lack of all three. And here, he gives a terrific performance with very little screen time. At the point in the film where he growls from the his gut, "are you people insane???", you know who the crazy one is.

Also effective are Seth Peterson and Brian J. Smith who play a loving, and lovable, couple about to take big steps together into their future. Their relationship is adorably normal. The tragedy that happens to them is brutal and it's senselessness is jarring. Lin Shaye gives a quirky and endearing performance as their best friend/neighbor that's good for lightening the story. That is, until it's time for her to put down the hammer. Which she does very well - using a sledge hammer by the way.

In the end, a film succeeds or fails based on how it's written. A good film never comes from a bad script. And this is a challenging script. Very challenging. I'm not sure that anyone but the writer of this story could have directed it as well. All credit has to go to Tommy Stovall, his vision, and his talent as a writer/director. He was able to envision how this could work. And it does. And, about the ending (the fourth reason)... there isn't one. And that, more than anything, is it's, and Stovall's, genius.


2 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Havent seen the film..before i watch it, what happens to the dog? juliegill
Did You Like the Ending? mastavic
Hate Crime Appears to Be Doing Its Job hypersquared
Gay film or something else? tommy-158
Movie: HateCrime 2005 lankyvw
A bit more complicated? beadier
Discuss Hate Crime (2005) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?