Anatomy of a Hate Crime (2001)





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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.)
Drama , Special Interest , Television
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Lawrence Bender Productions


Ian Somerhalder
as Russell Henderson
Busy Philipps
as Chasity Pasley
Brendan Fletcher
as Aaron McKinney
Kevin McNulty
as Carl Mazani
Amanda Fuller
as Kristen Price
Chris Enright
as Wayne Barnes
Rainer Kahl
as Justin Clowes
Richard Stroh
as Carter Grey
Cy Carter
as Matthew Shepard
John Innes
as Judge Kramer
Carrie Schiffler
as Officer Vicki Reese
Grant Linneberg
as Officer John Ryan
Valerie Planche
as Russell's Aunt
Doug MacLeod
as Darren Fox
Terry Lawrence
as Construction Boss
Scott Urquart
as Paul Dupree
Aaron Goettel
as Public Defender
Valerie Planche
as Russell's Aunt
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This shocking account of the 1998 murder of Matthew Shepard is a film which should be shown to every middle school student. It's a shame the film did not have receive the exposure it is entitled to. Cy Carter did a wonderful job portraying Shepard and Ian Somerhalder made a credible loser as Russell Henderson.

Larry Jenkins
Larry Jenkins

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