The Laramie Project


The Laramie Project

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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)

Audience Reviews for The Laramie Project

  • May 20, 2013
    Moving and important story. Great cast.
    Christian C Super Reviewer
  • Mar 07, 2013
    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 r Super Reviewer
  • Jan 02, 2011
    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 s Super Reviewer
  • Sep 14, 2010
    I am not a huge fan of documentaries. I have nothing against them, but I guess there are other things that I would rather watch. Like a movie...and this is a movie made in documentary style with real actors playing the parts. A very interesting concept. Mostly, though, the fact that this movie is about a real crime made it even more interesting. The horrible, horrific, and appalling story of the murder of this poor young man needed to be told
    Cynthia S Super Reviewer

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