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True West (2002)

Filmed play about two very different brothers, one a criminal and the other a screen-writing family man who becomes appalled by his wayward brother's relationship with a producer.





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Credited cast:
... Lee
... Austin
Andrew Alburger ... Saul Kimmer
... Mom
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rohit Bal
Wendell Rodricks
Hemant Trivedi


Lee is a drifter and small-time criminal, while his brother Austin is a Hollywood screenwriter and family man appalled by Lee's efforts to ingratiate himself with a movie producer in this stage version of Sam Shepard's dark comedy, taped live at the Liberty Theatre in Hailey, Idaho. Written by Showtime PR

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The play premiered at the Magic Theatre in San Francisco in the 1980s, then moved to the Public Theatre in New York. A few years later, the Steppenwolf Theatre of Chicago's hit production, featuring Gary Sinise and John Malkovich, played on Broadway for 762 performances, then was taped by PBS for American Playhouse. This production opened at the Circle in the Square Theater in New York on March 2, 2000, ran for 154 performances and Sam Shepard's script was nominated for the 2000 Tony Award for the Best Play. See more »


Austin: Now that's a true story. True to life.
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Version of American Playhouse: True West (1984) See more »

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True West
15 July 2006 | by See all my reviews

Not only did I see the movie I saw the play in Hailey, Idaho. I enjoyed the play more than the movie and the movie was great. I have been to many plays, performed by many "name" actors. Many times I have been disappointed; left with the feeling that these people can't act without doing a "take" a number of times; also with the need for perfect camera angles. In a live performance you get one chance. I went to see "True West" with the same expectation, after all it was "Yipee-ki-yay" Bruce, but I was astonished. Bruce's portrayal of "Lee" was amazing. I forgot I was watching Bruce Willis the actor. I was watching the sometime funny, sometime violent, relationship between two very different brothers; Lee (Bruce Willis) and Austin (played perfectly by Chad Smith). Bruce Willis has an acting range that I believe is not acknowledged nor appreciated by the public. I know; I was one of them.

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