Hate Crime

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Overview

A quiet community reveals an ugly underside in the wake of a horrible crime in this independent drama. Robbie Levinson Seth Peterson and Trey McCoy Brian J. Smith are a gay couple who've been together for six years; they've been sharing a comfortable home in suburban Dallas most of that time, and are planning to get married once the legalities work themselves. Robbie and Trey are good neighbors who get along well with the other folks in the community until Chris Boyd Chad Donella moves in next door. Chris is a ...
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Overview

A quiet community reveals an ugly underside in the wake of a horrible crime in this independent drama. Robbie Levinson Seth Peterson and Trey McCoy Brian J. Smith are a gay couple who've been together for six years; they've been sharing a comfortable home in suburban Dallas most of that time, and are planning to get married once the legalities work themselves. Robbie and Trey are good neighbors who get along well with the other folks in the community until Chris Boyd Chad Donella moves in next door. Chris is a youth pastor at a church run by his father Bruce Davison, a fundamentalist Christian who preaches often and with great vehemence about the evils of homosexuality. Chris doesn't keep his feelings about gays to himself, and when Trey is found dead in a nearby park, the victim of a sadistic beating with a baseball bat, Robbie believes Chris may be involved. However, Chris' father and mother provide an alibi for him, and the police hand the case from Detective Fisher Farah White, who investigates hate crimes, to Sgt. Esposito Giancarlo Esposito in the homicide department. Robbie is appalled to discover he's now the leading suspect in the murder, and begins making his own investigation into Trey's death. Hate Crime was the first feature film from writer and director Tommy Stovall.
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Special Features

Audio commentary by Tommy Stovall; "Project Hate Crime" featurette; Deleted scenes; "The Making of Hate Crime"; Still gallery; San Francisco premiere; "Jesus By 45" music video (top Billboard hit); Trailer; And more
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/14/2006
  • UPC: 014381343922
  • Original Release: 2005
  • Rating:

  • Source: Image Entertainment
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:44:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Seth Peterson Robbie Levinson
Chad E. Donella Chris Boyd
Brian J. Smith Trey McCoy
Bruce Davison Pastor Boyd
Susan Blakely Martha Boyd
Giancarlo Esposito Sgt. Esposito
Farah White Detective Fisher
Lin Shaye Kathleen Slansky
Cindy Pickett Barbara McCoy
Brandy Little Stella Davis
Sean Hennigan Jim McCoy
Luke King Alton Kachim
Scarlett McAlister Dr. Kucera
Technical Credits
Tommy Stovall Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Lindsay Chag Casting
Ebony Tay Score Composer, Co-producer
Ian W. Ellis Cinematographer
P. Dirk Higdon Producer
Darrin Navarro Editor
Marc Sterling Executive Producer
Joey Stewart Co-producer
Sabina Winningham Costumes/Costume Designer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Hate Crime
1. Main Title; The New Neighbor [6:40]
2. One Thing at a Time [12:27]
3. Home of the Gospel Truth [4:08]
4. An Act of Violence [8:20]
5. Gathering Evidence [8:43]
6. The Holy Ghost [10:31]
7. God Hates Homos [12:27]
8. Digging in the Dirt [7:22]
9. Living a Lie [11:10]
10. Retribution [1:32]
12. Not Perfect [2:51]
13. End Credits [4:27]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Hate Crime
   Feature Start
   Scene Selections
   Special Features
      Play All
      The Making of Hate Crime
      Music Video: Jesus By 45 By Ebony Tay
      Deleted Scenes: Before the Funeral
      Deleted Scenes: Robbie Goes to Jail
      Deleted Scenes: Robbie Looks for Fisher
      Deleted Scenes: Robbie & Stella
      Project Hate Crime
      Theatrical Trailer
      PSA: International Day Against Homophobia
      Hate Crime: San Fracisco Premiere (Benefiting CUAV)
      Production Stills
   Set-Up
      Dolby Digital 5.1
      Dolby Digital 2.0
      Audio Commentary By Director Tommy Stovall
      Subtitles for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing: On
      Subtitles for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing: Off
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Everyone should see it.

    I saw this movie before its final cut and it was so amazing. The final cut, if I remember correctly is equally just as amazing. Tommy and Mark worked together on such an amazing film that should be shown to everyone. It shows how dangerous a closed mind towards people can be. It is a film that doesn't force emotion because it is so evident in the love these two men have for each other and the tragedy that is force upon them. See this movie, even if you don't agree with its morals and understandings....just see it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Love, Intolerance, Justice

    Tommy Stovall makes a stunning debut as a writer and director for the very insightful, sensitive, and courageous film HATE CRIME. It is difficult to believe that this is his first attempt at cinematic communication, the film just works that well. Robbie Levinson (Seth Peterson) and Trey McCoy (Brian J. Smith) have been in a successful relationship for six years, complete with home, cute and devoted dog, supportive parents and siblings, and especially funky supportive neighbor Kathleen Slansky (a major turn for veteran character actress Lin Shaye). They are approaching their commitment ceremony and even talking about adopting children when the sky darkens with the moving in of next door neighbor Chris Boyd (Chad Donella), a stormy right wing bible-thumping homophobe who catches a glimpse of Robbie's and Trey's affection. When Trey is walking their dog in the park one evening he is beaten severely with a baseball bat: the obvious suspect is neighbor Chris. Kathleen warns Robbie that justice will never be achieved in the hands of the law and sets of a sense of revenge in Robbie's mind. Trey lies in a coma in the hospital while his mother (a superb Cindy Pickett) is shaken not only form her only son's tenuous condition but also from her recovering alcoholic husband's (Sean Hennigan) flat affect and continued lack of communication. A fine young detective Elizabeth Fisher (Farah White) does what she can to attempt to gather the shaky facts of evidence of Chris' guilt, but is thwarted by the entry of Detective Esposito (Giancarlo Esposito) who has homophobic issues of his own. Chris' father, Pastor Boyd (Bruce Davison) rants from his pulpit that all sinners - especially fornicators - must be punished by God and Chris supports his father's preachings and actions, as does his beautiful bimbo mother Martha (Susan Blakely). As facts are found and everyone surrounding Trey's beating is suspect, the story gathers momentum in the true fashion of the best detective mysteries. Dark secrets appear from every corner and eventually the crime is 'resolved', but not without many surprises as to the perpetrator and the motivation. The entire cast is excellent from the leading roles to the cameos and Stovall keeps the pace at a breathtaking speed. Yes, there are some gaping holes in the script, giving us the feeling that Stovall had to pare down his story to the 104 minutes it takes. But what he does accomplish is a masterly look at strident right wing religious views of gays while balancing those with compassionate religious views by the more moderate and love-oriented factions. He raises a lot of issues, leaves many concepts unresolved intentionally, and draws performances from his committed cast that rank with the finest. This is a film that SHOULD be viewed by a wide audience. Highly recommended. Grady Harp

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