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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.

Director:

Moisés Kaufman

Writers:

Moisés Kaufman (play), Moisés Kaufman (screenplay) | 20 more credits »
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Nominated for 4 Primetime Emmys. Another 5 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kathleen Chalfant ... Anonymous Female Rancher
Laura Linney ... Sherry Johnson
Peter Fonda ... Doctor Cantway
Jeremy Davies ... Jedadiah Schultz
Nestor Carbonell ... Moisés Kaufman
Camryn Manheim ... Rebecca Hilliker
Andy Paris Andy Paris ... Stephen Belber
Grant Varjas ... Greg Pierotti (as Grant James Varjas)
Kelli Simpkins ... Leigh Fondakowski
Clea DuVall ... Amanda Gronich
Billie McBride Billie McBride ... Waitress
Bill Christ Bill Christ ... Man on the Porch
Frances Sternhagen ... Marge Murray
Regina Krueger Regina Krueger ... Alison Mears
Michael Emerson ... 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 March 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Laramie Project See more »

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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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The Jedadiah Schultz character (played by Jeremy Davies) talks about winning a competition by performing a scene from the play "Angels in America" by Tony Kushner. Kathleen Chalfant, another member of the "Laramie Project" cast, played Hannah Porter Pitt, Ethel Rosenberg, and other roles in the original Broadway production of "Angels in America". See more »

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[last lines]
Doc O'Conner: I remembered something to myself. The night he and I drove around together, he said, 'Laramie sparkles, doesn't it?' And where he was in that spot up there, if you sit exactly in that spot up there, Laramie sparkles. With the low-lying clouds, it's - uh - it's the blue lights that bounce off the clouds. And it goes over the whole city. I mean, I mean, it blows you away. And Matt was right there in that spot. And I can just picture - in his eyes - what he was seeing. And the last ...
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Features NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt (1970) 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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another worthwhile HBO movie..
14 August 2002 | by EmbleySee all my reviews

i was very impressed with this documentary-style tv movie. i appreciated the fact that the filmmaker took this approach, giving a sense (at least i hope) of the people on whom these interviews are based, while allowing a buffer zone so that the real people are not subjected to more publicity OR made to look stupid because of their personal beliefs. i thought it was a very wise approach to take and allows more of an unbiased POV in many ways than would a straight up documentary. not to say that this piece was unbiased - it wasn't - and i don't think it should have been. but the filmmaker did not take any low blows and that was refreshing. the way the whole piece was put together was different - i could feel the theatrical aspect coming in, the visuals were much more fractured than a standard tv movie, and i could REALLY appreciate that this was not just another murder story come to life on screen.

thank you for not doing a re-enactment of the crime! i think it was WAY more effective to hear it described by people. i found the laramie project to be horrifying and touching, and i wish more pieces were made that hit at such a gut level. i won't forget this movie.


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