The Matthew Shepard Story

Overview

This fact-based TV movie explores the story behind the infamous Matthew Shepard gay-bashing case, in which a Laramie, WY, college student was brutally murdered by a pair of local boys in 1998. Sam Waterson and Stockard Channing star as Judy and Dennis Shepard, the parents whose agonizing decision over whether to ask for the death penalty for one of their son's killers provides the movie with its dramatic structure. Beginning with a slow-motion re-creation of the attack on young Matthew Shane Meier, the script ...
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Overview

This fact-based TV movie explores the story behind the infamous Matthew Shepard gay-bashing case, in which a Laramie, WY, college student was brutally murdered by a pair of local boys in 1998. Sam Waterson and Stockard Channing star as Judy and Dennis Shepard, the parents whose agonizing decision over whether to ask for the death penalty for one of their son's killers provides the movie with its dramatic structure. Beginning with a slow-motion re-creation of the attack on young Matthew Shane Meier, the script moves back in time to encompass the boy's troubled adolescent romance with another boarding-school student, his previous attack at the hands of a gang while on vacation, and his tentative shot at self-actualization among like-minded friends. These flashbacks are interspersed with the central drama, in which Shepard's parents sift through their son's belongings and slowly come to a surprising decision about what to say at his killer's trial. The Matthew Shepard Story premiered on NBC on March 12, 2002, a week after HBO's The Laramie Project first aired.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/3/2010
  • UPC: 096009900298
  • Original Release: 2002
  • Rating:

  • Source: Platinum Disc
  • Presentation: Pan & Scan
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:32:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 4,469

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Stockard Channing Judy
Shane Meier
Sam Waterston
Technical Credits
Roger Spottiswoode Director
John S. Bartley Cinematographer
Mychael Danna Score Composer
Jeff Danna Score Composer
Dominique Fortin Editor
Clara George Producer
Ed Gernon Executive Producer
Goldie Hawn Executive Producer
Diana Irwin Costumes/Costume Designer
Jacob Krueger Screenwriter
Sandra Kybartas Production Designer
Peter Sussman Executive Producer
Shanna Tyndall Executive Producer
John Wierick Screenwriter
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Matthew Shepard Story
1. Hate Crime [4:38]
2. Guilty [8:41]
3. First Signs [4:54]
4. Scared to Death [7:54]
5. Showing Mercy [8:15]
6. Abroad [3:26]
7. On Your Own [6:21]
8. Protect Him in Death [4:58]
9. Life of the Party [7:55]
10. Out on His Own [5:58]
11. The Last Word [7:33]
12. Ride Home [5:05]
13. Beautiful [4:36]
14. Humble Plea [8:14]
15. Sea of Angels [3:32]
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