The Laramie Project (Widescreen/Full Screen)
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Laramie Project, The (DVD)
Even though The Laramie Project has been edited down from almost three hours (the original length of the play) to a lean 96 minutes, the harrowing nature of the subject matter--the brutal murder of Matthew Shepard--and the clarity of the voices of the inhabitants of Laramie, Wyoming, give this film a remarkable emotional power. The Laramie Project was created from over 200 interviews conducted with Laramie residents before, during, and after the trials of the two boys who killed Shepard; the interviews create an amazing cross-section of American views on homosexuality, religion, class, privacy, and so much more besides. Even though it features an all-star cast--Steve Buscemi, Janeane Garofalo, Christina Ricci, Peter Fonda, and Laura Linney are only a few of the recognizable faces--the material has not been glamorized and the performances are both honest and intimate. Even abbreviated, it's a remarkable piece of work. --Bret Fetzer
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Matthew died due to the injuries received in what was defined as a hate crime. He was gay, and two men took exception to it, beating him up and leaving him tied to a fence. The man that discovered him the following day thought at first he was a scarecrow. He was so disfigured that he just didn't seem a person any more. Matthew was taken to a hospital, where he stayed in a comma until he died, a week later.
The interviews allow us to witness what the people of Laramie were thinking regarding this event, something closely linked to their views on religion, homosexuality, tolerance and a lot more. One character said something that made a big impact on me, and that explains a lot: "I guess I didn't understand the magnitude with which some people hate".
On the whole, I think this is an excellent film, and I am sorry I didn't watch it before. I strongly recommend it to you, as a great film with a good message.
It is a powerful film and it seems to constantly be a timely subject matter. When it was first released, I honestly thought that within a few years people in North America would see past sexuality, and that gay marriage would be allowed in most states and provinces.
Unfortunately, things really haven't improved much at all, with states recently banning gay marriage, the Prop 8 vote in California, and so forth - it's very disheartening.
After viewing this film, one hopes that people can see the pain caused by hatred, and that it can very easily lead to ruined lives. It is a moving film, and one that touches on many different emotions felt by everyone involved.
The Laramie Project is a story of a town trying to cope with the aftermath of a young homosexual man who was beaten to death by two local youths.
As I said the DVD cover, with it's great photos of the large ensemble cast was the very first thing that made me check this movie out. I am attracted to films that have a large cast in it and this one was no exception. Everyone in this film had something going on for them; they signed on to this project not because they just wanted to work with other people but, they signed on to this because they belived in it so much. Each person had their time to shine. I felt that this film is one big monologue of the same idea. Each actor/actresses were given a monologue and had to present them and each and everyone of them presented their parts perfectly. I cannot even imagine how big this cast was. It's truly something to be seen. The editing and music of the film is great and so is the story. I belive that there is at least one charatcer in the movie that a viewer can relate to. I felt like I was looking through a telescope and watching these people just present their souls to you. It's very intimate and real, and you feel like you are part of the whole story.
Overall, if you like movies that are dramatic, real and one that has an enormous amount of actors/actresses who want to make a good film, then The Laramie Project is the one for you. GO CHECK IT OUT.
I have never, never, have seen a movie like this before.
i am not a person who cries in any movie, its on an extremely rare occasion that i will cry in a movie, but this movie....
this movie.... had me bawling.
i have not seen a movie that has moved me this way , .... ever.
it is an extremely, important film, that(in my opinion, EVERYONE SHOULD WATCH.
it really shows not only about what happened to matthew shepard, but it brings to life the viewpoints of the whole town. both the good and the bad.. it' raw, and unforgiving. it conveys the realistic nature of the actors portraying their real life counterparts of the people of laramie, wyoming. they have done this task, very well.
what i have learned , watching this movie, is that no matter what your belief is on homosexuality, nobody, and i mean nobody , deserves that kind of violence. i believe that violence is never an absolution. this movie proves that when people who make bad desicions ,their actions can have a ripple effect through other people.in this case,the ripple effect not only spread through the people of laramie but to people throughout the world.
I want to be an angel not only to america, but to the world.
HATE IS NOT THE ANSWER.
You will understand what i just wrote above by watching the movie
so without making this review too long.
GET THIS MOVIE... YOU WILL BE TOUCHED
STOP THE HATE. STOP THE VIOLENCE. BE COMPASSIONATE AND FORGIVING. ....AND PRAY.
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There were just scenes in the movie that made me start crying. and it was just an amazing and beautiful experience. Read morePublished on June 28 2004
Matthew Shepard is a 22 year old college student, who is gay, and is brutally beat and tortured because of it. Read morePublished on June 12 2004 by Spencer
The Emmy and Golden Globe nominated "The Laramie Project" is a powerful film that originally aired in October, 2001. Read morePublished on April 2 2004 by David Anderson
EXCELLENT movie. Higly recommend to anyone who is still "in the closet". The film makes you never want to "come out" because of things that happen like this but... Read morePublished on March 21 2004 by Chris
THE LARAMIE PROJECT (USA 2002): Following the murder of Matthew Shepard by a couple of homophobic thugs in the nondescript town of Laramie, Wyoming, a theater troupe descends on... Read morePublished on March 18 2004 by Libretio
Last year I had the supreme fortune and privelage to act in the play that this film is gleaned from, and as research and character help we watched the HBO movie while producing the... Read morePublished on March 5 2004 by Alex