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The Matthew Shepard Story (2002)

TV-14 | | Drama | TV Movie 4 June 2006
Openly gay college student Matthew Shepard murdered in an act of a hate crime with a senseless violence and such cruelty that attracted global attention. His death has changed the whole world forever.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Stockard Channing ... Judy Shepard
Shane Meier ... Matthew Shepard
Wendy Crewson ... Sarah
Kristen Thomson ... Romaine Patterson
Joseph Ziegler ... Cal
Yani Gellman ... Pablo
Sam Waterston ... Dennis Shepard
Damien Atkins Damien Atkins ... Donny
Philip Eddolls Philip Eddolls ... Aaron McKinney (as Philip Edolls)
Paul Robbins Paul Robbins ... Russell Henderson
Judah Katz ... Defense Attorney
Drew Nelson ... Lance
Nazneen Contractor ... Shima
Makyla Smith Makyla Smith ... Casey
Lindsay Murrell ... 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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English

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4 June 2006 (Sweden) See more »

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Dolby

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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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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If it really happened that way...
16 March 2002 | by antares74See all my reviews

Then my crying after the movie was completely justified. I had no idea! I did not really follow the entire case (scary, huh? especially since I *am* gay and was in school -- okay, graduate school) which is probably why I didn't get caught up with the story, back then or subsequently.

I'm glad NBC decided to air the movie (which does not surprise me, since "Will & Grace" is also aired on the same network, as are several other shows with gay characters).

I liked the acting in it very much -- Stockard Channing and Sam Waterston were really good. Shane Meier (sidebar: yum!) was excellent and convincing and really knew how to elicit sympathy from the viewer. I hope this comes out on video or gets packaged for sale on video soon. I am not a human rights or gay rights expert, or even activist, by any stretch of the imagination, and will not pretend to be one now, but the movie really was quite human and tugs at your heartstrings. Clearly, for other than sentimental reasons, this is a good movie to have been made and aired -- perhaps in some small way, it would contribute to fair and respectful treatment of others who are of a different persuasion altogeter.


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