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The Matthew Shepard Story (2002)

TV-14 | | Drama | TV Movie 4 June 2006
Based on the true story of openly gay college student Matthew Shepard killed in an act of a hate crime by senseless violence and such cruelty that attracted global attention.Matthew's tragic death back in 1998 soon has changed the whole world forever.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Judy Shepard
... Matthew Shepard
... Sarah
... Romaine Patterson
... Cal
... Pablo
... Dennis Shepard
Damien Atkins ... Donny
Philip Eddolls ... Aaron McKinney (as Philip Edolls)
Paul Robbins ... Russell Henderson
... Defense Attorney
... Lance
... Shima
Makyla Smith ... Casey
... Matthew's Date
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In 1998, a young gay man by the name of Matthew Shepard was robbed, viciously beaten and left tied to a fence to die. Although he was soon found by the police and hospitalized, he soon expired. This film recounts the events after the conviction of the two men responsible for this hate motivated murder. Matthew's parents, though satisfied by the conviction, are finding the sentencing phase of the trial more difficult. The parents initially want to request the death penalty for their son's murderers, but the mother, Judy, starts to reconsider. As they struggle with their decision, they decide to reexamine the life of their son and rediscover his personality, his struggle to accept his homosexual sexual orientation as a natural part of his being and above all, his generous humanity to others. All of this leads the parents to appeal to the court the way their son would have wanted, not out of vengeance but to represent best of what their son was and the tragedy of his loss. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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A hate crime that forever changed the nation.

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4 June 2006 (Sweden)  »

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Despite the fact it was based on a true story that happened on October 1998 which forever changed the world,some details have been altered.The real Judy Shepard, Matt's mom, is a blonde, not a brunette & Matt's best friend Romaine was Asian-American girl. See more »

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Matthew Shepard: I'm gay, Dad.
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Version of Anatomy of a Hate Crime (2001) See more »

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American Triangle
Written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin
Performed by Elton John
Published by WB Music Corp
Happenstance Limited and Wretched Music
Courtesy of Universal Music
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A great Story for a tragic incident
20 March 2002 | by See all my reviews

Why does it take something this idiotic to create such a fantastic story. The fact that this story is true, is truly sad. Stockard Channing and Sam W. did a great job portraying a couple torn over the senseless loss of a son. The fact that Matthew Shepard was portrayed as a less than perfect human was well done. To demonstrate that we are all imperfect, but deserved to be loved for the beings we are. God loves all of us, and anyone who say other wise is Wrong, Ignorant, Stupid, or Blind!


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