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Killed in a senseless act of hatred, openly gay college student Matthew Shepard was murdered in 1998. In this critically-acclaimed, moving film, the final days of Matthew's killers' trial--and the weeks leading to Matthew's death--are recounted with unnerving detail. Stockard Channing delivers an unforgettable, Emmy® Award winning performance as Matthew's grieving mother, Judy, in a story of a murder that moved a nation to action. Also starring Law & Order's Sam Waterston.

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"Waterston and Channing shine" --Variety


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  • Actors: Stockard Channing, Sam Waterston, Shane Meier, Wendy Crewson
  • Directors: Roger Spottiswoode
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Echo Bridge Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: June 1, 2010
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003IG06PM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,148 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Matthew Shepard Story" on IMDb

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51 of 52 people found the following review helpful By S. Hines on October 19, 2010
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I bought this movie for my children to show how far bulling can go. Hate has got to stop and teaching our children is where it starts. My boys had no idea of what words could do. This son, brother, friend should not have had to loose his life but because he did I hope his story helps others change their way. My heart goes out to this family. I would say this is a great movie to show how far hate can go and how love is never wrong!
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63 of 66 people found the following review helpful By Tony's reviews on August 19, 2010
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I've watched this film a few times before, but never owned it until now. I have a special connection to Matthew that I can't explain. I have so much compassion for him and his family although I'm not sure I could've been as merciful towards the bigoted killers. Listen to what Dennis/Sam Waterston says at his closing statement concerning the plea bargain, that shows how I feel about the case.I was also impressed with how Stockard Channing played Judy, she was very convincing and compassionate, and I commended Shane Meier for his portrayal of Matthew.
The beating, and the scenes with that stupid hate-monger of a preacher and his clan of bigots make me furious even now. To this day, being almost 30 years old, I can't understand why we have to tolerate homophobia. That bonehead Rev. Phelps and his team need to be shut down before they get someone killed, or indirectly cause more gay suicides.
Freedom of speech is important, but what happened to respect for the dead? Hollywood is coming around, but society is dragging its feet, although I've been openly accepted by most of my friends/family in my home town.
Matthew, I think would be impressed with how much his legacy has changed close-minded people, unless of course you're Fred Phelps or one of his ilk. I commend Judy Shepard for what she's trying to do as well.
I've said it before, and here it comes again-why did it take a young innocent boy being slaugthered to make close-minded people realize that homophobia is just as wrong as being racist? Weird analogy, I know, but to me, prejudice is hatred no matter how you swing it. As for the Bible, I do believe in God, but I also believe that even if he doesn't agree with the lifestyle, he's looking down on Rev.Phelps and his team with disgust. God loves everyone-but he doesn't always agree with what we do.
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49 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Charles B. Silsbee on June 27, 2010
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It is so sad this movie shows us how hateful we really are. It is sad but this still goes on today only we don't hear about it. The message the actors show is heart wrenching. The pain the family feels is well told in this movie. Just when will we learn. I think all churches should show the movie and maybe the wouldn't be so hateful to the gays in this wotld, but than again what can you expect.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 18, 2011
Format: DVD
THE MATTHEW SHEPARD STORY is a made for television movie made in 2002 and only recently released on DVD. It is time for us all to see this film again as a reminder of how heinous was this incident that rocked the world. Matthew Shepard (December 1, 1976 - October 12, 1998) as a student at the University of Wyoming who was tortured and beaten and left o die on a barbed wire fence in the prairie of Wyoming - because he was gay. Writers John Wierick and Jacob Krueger gathered the information surrounding this event and the subsequent events following his death, focusing on the trial and the difficult gesture his parents made concerning the fate of the murderers.

Roger Spottiswoode directed this compelling film, electing to engage the talents of Stockard Channing and Sam Waterston as the parents of Matthew (played with great dignity by Shane Meier). The remainder of the cast includes such touching portraits of the others involved in this tragedy as played by Tani Gellman, Wendy Crewson and Kristen Thompson. While the drama of this film is not in the same arena as 'The Laramie Project', it still is a potent reminder of an unnecessary injustice that unfortunately is still being played out across the country. Perhaps with the DVD now available for wider viewing the crime will affect more people to action begun by Judy Shepard. Grady Harp, April 11
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Doug Chango on November 4, 2007
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Matthew Shepard should be a household name... His tragic story is one that has sparked many Gay Rights groups, and brought the hatred in America to light. This story allows us to see what he and his family went through, not just hear about it, and try to put ourselves in their shoes. Granted, this is still a movie, and is probably elaborated in parts, but I think it aids in showing the real pain and suffering that they went through. I was able to watch this movie on Lifetime, and I cried in a couple of parts... I wish Amazon currently had it available cause if so, I would buy it. If you can find it, it is a must watch!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Nim the Wombat on October 24, 2008
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I was fortunate to be able to get a copy of this movie through amazon market place. The first time I watched it I was in shock that anyone could treat another human being this way. I was also in shock that Judy and Dennis Shepard could be so kind as to give the killers their lives rather than seek the death penalty.

Sam Waterston and Stockard Channing give the most moving performances of their careers as Matthew's parents and Shane Meijer is excellent as Matt. My only quibble is that I would have liked to have had Elton John's song "American Triangle" to be used more throughout.

This is one of the most moving stories that you will ever see. I highly recommend that if you can get a copy watch it. I only hope that it makes DVD soon!
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