The Laramie Project (2002)




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Laramie, WY, is a small town which became infamous overnight in the fall of 1998, when Matthew Shepard, a gay college student, was found tied to a fence after being brutally beaten and left to die, setting off a nationwide debate about hate crimes and homophobia. A month after the crime, Moises Kaufman, a writer and director with the New York City theater troupe the Tectonic Theater Project, traveled to Laramie with a handful of actors to interview people who lived in and around Laramie in … More

Rating: R (adult situations)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Stephen Belber, Leigh Fondakowski, Jeffrey LaHoste, Stephen Wangh, Barbara Pitts
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 25, 2002
HBO Films


as Moises Kaufman

as Amanda

as Romaine Patterson

as Doc O'Connor

as Sherry Johnson

as Rulon Stacey

as Father Roger Schmit

as Rob Debree

as Jedediah Schultz

as Dr. Cantway

as Aaron Kreifels

as Catherine Connolly

as Harry Woods

as Matt Galloway

as Dennis Shepard

as Off. Reggie Fluty

as Rebecca Hilliker

as Lucy Thompson

as Marge Murray

as Aaron McKinney

as Russell Henderson

as Reverend

as Shannon

as Zackie Salmon

as Trish Steger

as Jonas Slonaker

as Reverend Fred Phelps

as Stephen Belber

as John Peacock

as Leigh Fondakowski

as Greg Pierotti
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Critic Reviews for The Laramie Project

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (3)

The bottom line is the piece works brilliantly.

April 8, 2002
Hollywood Reporter
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Full Review… | March 26, 2009
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Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | February 5, 2012
Nick's Flick Picks

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

Full Review… | September 24, 2007

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.

Full Review… | November 15, 2006

Audience Reviews for The Laramie Project


Moving and important story. Great cast.

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

Super Reviewer

The story is sad & tragic since it happened for real, but it doesn't work too well as a docudrama. I mean, it's just about okay. I thought that it was a documentary before I went for it, but later realized (after seeing Christina Ricci) that it's a docudrama.

Don't have high expectations & you might be able to sit through it.

familiar stranger

Super Reviewer

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