Anatomy of a Hate Crime

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Presented in three half-hour "acts" by the MTV cable network on January 10, 2001, the fact-based Anatomy of a Hate Crime was the opening volley of MTV's year-long campaign "Fight For Your Rights: Take a Stand Against Discrimination." In recalling the horrendous torture-murder of 21-year-old Matthew Shepard near Laramie, WY in 1998, the film focuses as much on the twisted logic and motivations of Matthew's killers Russell Henderson and Aaron McKinney as it does on the victim and the crime. Cy Carter stars as the unfortunate Shepard, with Ian Somerhelder and Brendan Fletcher, respectively, cast as Henderson and McKinney. Filmed in Alberta, Anatomy of a Hate Crime was originally bookended by a marathon recital of recent examples of sexual and racial persecution, delivered by an impressive list of unseen celebrities. Curiously, the Shepard Foundation, formed after Matthew's murder, would not endorse the MTV film, preferring instead to put their clout behind the 2002 NBC TV movie The Matthew Shepard Story. (See also separate website entry for The Laramie Project.)


Cy Carter
as Matthew Shepard
Busy Philipps
as Chasity Pasley
Amanda Fuller
as Kristen Price
Brendan Fletcher
as Aaron McKinney
Ian Somerhalder
as Russell Henderson
Richard Stroh
as Carter Grey
Grant Linneberg
as Officer John Ryan
Doug MacLeod
as Darren Fox
Kevin McNulty
as Carl Mazani
Chris Enright
as Wayne Barnes
Valerie Planche
as Russell's Aunt
Rainer Kahl
as Justin Clowes
John Innes
as Judge Kramer
Aaron Goettel
as Public Defender
Carrie Schiffler
as Officer Vicki Reese
Scott Urquart
as Paul Dupree
Terry Lawrence
as Construction Boss
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