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The Laramie Project (2002)




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Required watching on many college campuses, this film shows a New York theatre troupe as they shed light on the hate crime/murder of University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard. The script was created from hundreds of hours of testimony from the people involved: Matthewís family and friends, the policewoman who found Matthew's body, and the two young men found guilty of beating him to death.

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Nestor Carbonell
as Moises Kaufman
Christina Ricci
as Romaine Patterson
Steve Buscemi
as Doc O'Connor
Laura Linney
as Sherry Johnson
Dylan Baker
as Rulon Stacey
Tom Bower
as Father Roger Schmit
Clancy Brown
as Rob Debree
Jeremy Davies
as Jedediah Schultz
Peter Fonda
as Dr. Cantway
Ben Foster
as Aaron Kreifels
Janeane Garofalo
as Catherine Connolly
Bill Irwin
as Harry Woods
Joshua Jackson
as Matt Galloway
Terry Kinney
as Dennis Shepard
Amy Madigan
as Off. Reggie Fluty
Camryn Manheim
as Rebecca Hilliker
Lois Smith
as Lucy Thompson
Frances Sternhagen
as Marge Murray
Mark Webber
as Aaron McKinney
Garrett Neergaard
as Russell Henderson
Noah Fleiss
as Shannon
Amanda Gronich
as Zackie Salmon
Margo Martindale
as Trish Steger
John McAdams
as Jonas Slonaker
James Murtaugh
as Reverend Fred Phelps
Andy Paris
as Stephen Belber
Greg Pierotti
as John Peacock
Kelli Simpkins
as Leigh Fondakowski
Grant Vargas
as Greg Pierotti
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Critic Reviews for The Laramie Project

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (1)

The bottom line is the piece works brilliantly.

April 8, 2002

The Laramie Project is not really about Matthew Shepard but about this question of identification with Matthew, and of identification with the larger community of Laramie that admitted, sustained, eliminated, grieved, and civilly avenged Matthew.

February 5, 2012 | Rating: B | Full Review…

A fascinating chorus of outrage and sadness, hatred and hope.

September 24, 2007 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Though well-intentioned, dealing with the relevant issues of hate crimes and gay bashing, artisticaly speaking, Moises Kaufman's film, the opening night of 2001 Sundance Fest, is quite disappointing.

November 15, 2006 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

a potent, thought-provoking drama that offers insight not only into Shepard's case, but into the changing attitudes of Americans in general.

December 27, 2005 | Full Review…

questions our basic humanity, and gives an accurate picture of the current state of affairs of tolerance in America's schizoid version of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness

May 27, 2003 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Laramie Project

Some unbelievably beautiful acting and words. I found myself sympathizing with every character, regardless of their ideologies. This project is the ultimate representation of each person's own "universal truths," no matter how flawed or different from my own. As a film, the cinematography at the beginning is a bit cloying, with the extreme close-ups and camera angles for optimal emotional impact, and the "frame story" seems forced and unnecessary. Most natural performances come from Fonda, Madigan, Linney, Davies, Baker, Irwin, and Kinney.

Alice Shen
Alice Shen

Super Reviewer


Moving and important story. Great cast.

Christian C
Christian C

Super Reviewer


The Laramie Project is the movie to watch on the Matthew Shepard ordeal. Although far from perfect, this is a well acted and directed docu drama that tells a remarkable true story. Although far from perfect, the story is compelling and is worth seeing if you want to watch something truly engaging. This is a must see film for people interested in this poignant story. I thought that it was a well made movie that could have been a bit better, but it is much better than The Matthew Shepard story. The performances are pretty good and the story is engaging from start to finish, and there are some very good cast members here that give some good performances. There are things that could have been changed to make the film better, but for what it is, it works as an interesting docudrama. Although not perfect, it's still well acted and tells a great story. What Happened to Matthew Shepard should never happened, but it also opened the door to much needed action against hate crimes and equality. This is the film to watch if you're interested in the Matthew Shepard ordeal, and it is entertaining with good, memorable performances and well written story. However like I said, it could have been reworked slightly just to make it better. The Laramie Project will most likely have an impact on any viewer that will watch the film, and it is a film that you can't forget. The film has its flaws of course, but it is a well made movie that brings to light an important issue.

Alex roy
Alex roy

Super Reviewer

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