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A videotaped stage performance of Sam Shepard's play

Director:

Allan A. Goldstein

Writer:

Sam Shepard
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Cast

Episode credited cast:
John Malkovich ... Lee
Sam Schacht Sam Schacht ... Saul
Gary Sinise ... Austin
Margaret Thomson Margaret Thomson ... Mom
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Storyline

Austin, a Hollywood screenwriter living comfortably in suburban Arizona, is interrupted by the unexpected arrival of his prodigal brother Lee, whose menacing demeanor and pugilistic attitude draws Austin further and further into conflict until he must finally engage his brother in an intense psychological battle for his ideals, and perhaps even his life. Written by Maria Nicholas <mnich@freeside.scsd.k12.ny.us>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 January 1984 (USA) See more »

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Sixteen years after this TV adaptation first aired, and twenty years after he wrote it, Sam Shepard's stage play True West premiered on Broadway. It opened at the Circle in the Square Theater in New York on March 2, 2000, and ran for 154 performances. Sam Shepard's script was nominated for the 2000 Tony Award for the Best Play. See more »

Quotes

Lee: She had green eyes. You know what green eyes do to me.
Austin: Yeah, I know.
Lee: Well then... shut up.
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Referenced in Adaptation. (2002) See more »

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A Great Movie
5 June 1999 | by Zack-25See all my reviews

I happened to see this movie late one night and it was great. The performances by Sinise and Malkovich were brilliant. You just become intrapped by this movie. If you have the opportunity to see DO!


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