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This So-Called Disaster
This So-Called Disaster
Actors: Sam Shepard, Sean Penn, Nick Nolte, Cheech Marin, Sheila Tousey
Director: Michael Almereyda
Genres: Documentary
R     2004     1hr 29min

A "high-voltage Hollywood cast" (The Village Voice) featuring Academy Award(r) winner* Sean Penn and Oscar(r) nominees** Nick Nolte and Woody Harrelson offers up an exclusivelook into the rehearsal process in this "nakedly...  more »

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Actors: Sam Shepard, Sean Penn, Nick Nolte, Cheech Marin, Sheila Tousey
Director: Michael Almereyda
Creators: Adam Keker, Andrew Black, Michael McDonough, Kate Williams, Anthony Katagas, Callum Greene, Holly Becker
Genres: Documentary
Sub-Genres: Documentary
Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
Format: DVD - Color,Full Screen - Closed-captioned,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 12/14/2004
Release Year: 2004
Run Time: 1hr 29min
Screens: Color,Full Screen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 8
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English
Subtitles: English

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Member Movie Reviews

Marilyn K. from GRANTS PASS, OR
Reviewed on 3/9/2009...
This movie is a disaster, as far as I'm concerned. Someone in Hollywood is just jerking us around and I should have gotten the hint when I read the title. mjk
1 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.

Movie Reviews

Riveting theater treat
Barbara G. Lifton | New York | 01/17/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Contrary to the review published above, I saw this film at its premiere showing at the Film Forum in New York, and found it fascinating and exciting. The film was a riveting documentation of the organic artistic process in the theater. The film is far from a commercial for Sam Shepard - on the contrary, it demonstrates in part, the difficulty he had managing his volatile but brilliant cast for the production of his strange, fascinating play, The Late Henry Moss. Good for anyone in the theater or any of the arts."
Intriguing documentary
Roland E. Zwick | Valencia, Ca USA | 05/22/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)

"The documentary "This So-Called Disaster" is a behind-the-scenes look at the making of Sam Sheppard's semi-autobiographical play "The Late Henry Moss," which debuted in San Francisco in 2000. Being himself the son of an alcoholic father, Sheppard drew upon his own personal experience for this cathartic tale of two brothers' coming to terms with the death of their own alcoholic father. The actors in this production include Sean Penn, Nick Nolte, Cheech Marin and Woody Harrelson. As Penn says at one point, Sheppard's plays often deal with the theme of men trying to forge their identities in a world with no clear-cut definition of what a man is supposed to be. This theme filters through in both the snippets of the play we see being worked on in the rehearsals and in the on-camera interviews with Sheppard and many of the principal performers in the production.

It's a tribute to both the power of Sheppard's writing and the talent of the actors playing the roles that we find ourselves wanting to see this play merely from the glimpses we get of it in rough-cut form. Anyone interested in playwriting and fine acting will be mesmerized by the nuts-and-bolts aspects of this film, as it shows us just how a theatrical work, involving some of the greatest talents in modern drama, ultimately comes to fruition.

It's no "Looking for Richard," but "This So-Called Disaster" has much to offer the serious theaterphile.
Excellent ... especially if you've seen the play!
Christa Hillhouse | santa cruz, ca | 03/10/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"i could understand how this film might be a let-down for anyone not completed fascinated with the work of sam shepard, sean penn, and/or nick nolte. i respect the work of all three of them. and i am especially grateful for this film because i was lucky enough to see the play (and with the entire cast/no understudies) and the film lended a great deal to the experience. yay!"