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This So-Called Disaster: Sam Shepard Directs the Late Henry Moss (2003)

R | | Documentary | 7 May 2003 (USA)
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Director Michael Almereyda's documentary on the weeks just prior to Sam Shepard's stage production of his play "The Late Henry Moss."

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Michael Almereyda
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Cast

Credited cast:
Sean Penn ... Ray
Nick Nolte ... Earl
Cheech Marin ... Esteban
Sheila Tousey ... Chonchella
T Bone Burnett ... Himself (as T-Bone Burnett)
Sam Shepard ... Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
James Gammon ... Himself
Woody Harrelson ... Taxi Driver
Ann Militello Ann Militello ... Herself
Shona Mitchell Shona Mitchell ... Assistant Stage Manager
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Storyline

After the American playwright and actor Sam Shepard had played the role of the ghost in Michael Almereyda's Hamlet, Shepard invited the filmmaker to document rehearsals for his The Late Henry Moss, that he staged with Nick Nolte and Sean Penn in leading roles. Almereyda and his crew filmed the last three weeks before the première. The film combines interviews with Shepard, his actors and staff with images of the rehearsals. The result is both a portrait and a unique glimpse of top actors seeking their way through the material. The film also offers a survey of the career of Shepard, including a report of his stormy relationship with his father, who died in 1984. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Documentary

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some language | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 May 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Late Henry Moss See more »

Filming Locations:

San Francisco, California, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,435, 25 April 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$45,195, 27 June 2004
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente)

Color:

Color
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It's all About the work You see that these actors are really in love with the process
15 May 2006 | by michaelsavageSee all my reviews

I just wanted to say that if you want to see work that is raw simple and pure the this film will give you the truth about how these actors work...all different...but you will see the growth and the Ensemble world of acting...on a professional level...and Mr. Shepard is a very fine director with his cast...of stars...just doing their work...enjoy...it's clean and full of honesty...keep in mind it's a play not a film...and so the beauty is you will see actors you are familiar with in FILM doing the age old art of theater...the roots of their work and the opportunity to be live with an audience...it's what makes this such a great film to see ...it's not on the set of a movie...and that makes this a RARE opportunity for Would be and Could be actors to watch the PROCESS not only the performance...it's as I said about the work..

Sincerely Michael Savage


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