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R| 1 hr. 27 min.

Plot Summary
In this documentary, filmmaker Michael Almereyda chronicles the San Francisco production of "The Late Henry Moss," a play written and directed by noted scribe Sam Shepard. The film explores Shepard's artistic inspirations as well as his working relationships with the play's cast, which includes stars such as Sean Penn, Woody Harrelson, Cheech Marin and Nick Nolte. Much of the film is devoted to a detailed examination of the work that goes into readying a play for opening night.

Cast: T Bone Burnett , James Gammon , Woody Harrelson , Cheech Marin , Anne Militello , Nick Nolte , Sean Penn , Sam Shepard

Director: Michael Almereyda

Genres: Documentary

Distributor: IFC Films

This So-Called Disaster (2003)

Release Date: January 24th, 2003|1 hr. 27 min.

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  • 75
    Ruthe Stein San Francisco Chronicle

    Insightful but unfocused. show more

  • 75
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    Among the many skills required by a documentary maker is the ability to make reticent people blossom. Michael Almereyda has done that in This So-Called Disaster with several of the film industry's most notorious iconoclasts. show more

  • 70
    Frank Scheck The Hollywood Reporter

    Despite the often insightful comments by the various cast members and Shepard himself -- the film doesn't dig very deeply into the artistic process of putting on a new play. But it does offer a fascinating fly-on-the-wall perspective. show more

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