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The Laramie Project (2002)

TV-14 | | Crime, Drama, History | TV Movie 9 March 2002
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The true story of an American town in the wake of the murder of Matthew Shepard.

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Nominated for 4 Primetime Emmys. Another 5 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »

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... Anonymous Female Rancher
... Sherry Johnson
... Doctor Cantway
... Jedadiah Schultz
... Moisés Kaufman
... Rebecca Hilliker
Andy Paris ... Stephen Belber
... Greg Pierotti (as Grant James Varjas)
Kelli Simpkins ... Leigh Fondakowski
... Amanda Gronich
Billie McBride ... Waitress
Bill Christ ... Man on the Porch
... Marge Murray
Regina Krueger ... Alison Mears
... Reverend
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Moisés Kaufman and members of New York's Tectonic Theater Project went to Laramie, Wyoming after the murder of Matthew Shepard. This is a film version of the play they wrote based on more than 200 interviews they conducted in Laramie. It follows and in some cases re-enacts the chronology of Shepard's visit to a local bar, his kidnap and beating, the discovery of him tied to a fence, the vigil at the hospital, his death and funeral, and the trial of his killers. It mixes real news reports with actors portraying friends, family, cops, killers, and other Laramie residents in their own words. It concludes with a Laramie staging of "Angels in America" a year after Shephard's death. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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When a small town comes face to face with murder, everybody has a tale to tell. See more »

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Crime | Drama | History

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9 March 2002 (USA)  »

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Le projet Laramie  »

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Members of the Tectonic company who originally conducted the interviews in Laramie are featured in the movie. See more »

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Stephen Belber: 'Live and let live' is, at best, a load of crap. It basically boils down to: 'If I don't tell you I'm a fag, you won't beat the crap out of me'. What kind of philosophy is that?
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Referenced in Brows Held High: Otto, or Up with Dead People (2011) See more »

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Let's Dream in the Moonlight
Written by Raoul Walsh and Matty Malneck (as Matt Malnick)
Performed by Billie Holiday
Courtesy of Drive Entertainment
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Thoughtful, Stunning.
10 September 2003 | by See all my reviews

A work that is exceptional both in terms of its structure and in terms of the unique nature of the presentation. It brings into sharp focus many of the complex elements of a horror like this and the profound effects which it has on the many disparate participants.

The quality of the acting is superb evidencing a dedication to the material that goes beyond mere craftwork; many of the performances are obviously from the heart and the soul. Dylan Baker, Amy Madigan, Jeremy Davies, Peter Fonda, Joshua Jackson, and Camryn Manheim are stellar. The courtroom speech by Matthew's Father is historical. The direction is challenging and engaging.

It takes a truly cold, trite, and hardened heart to dismiss such a moving film predicated solely upon the prejudices, regressive political posturing, and obvious homophobia brought to such dismissals.


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