Anatomy of a Hate Crime 21 years old

This MTV film dramatizes the horrific hate-crime killing of 21-year-old Matthew Shepard (Cy Carter) in Wyoming. In 1998, Shepard, a gay college student, was savagely beaten by Russell Henderson (Ian Somerhalder) and Aaron McKinney (Brendan Fletcher), who left their victim to die. Flashbacks paint a picture of Shepard's life and provide insight into why the killers, who initially set out to rob the young man, would commit such a brutal murder.


Anatomy of a Hate Crime Cast

Name Character
Busy Philipps She was 21, now 43 years old as Chasity Pasley
Amanda Fuller She was 16, now 37 years old as Kristen Price
Ian Somerhalder He was 22, now 43 years old as Russell Henderson
Gabrielle Miller She was 27, now 48 years old as Kara Dupree
Brendan Fletcher He was 19, now 40 years old as Aaron McKinney
Timothy Webber as Officer Slade
Richard Stroh as Carter Grey
David Haysom He was 20, now 41 years old as Barrett Cooper
Cy Carter as Matthew Shepard

Anatomy of a Hate Crime Crew

Name Department
Wendy Partridge as Costume Design. Costume & Make-Up
Danny Nowak as Director of Photography. Camera
Sunny Hodge as Editor. Editing
Candice Elzinga as Casting. Production
Bill Bannerman as Producer. He was 1 (now 22) years old Production
Tim Hunter as Director. He was 53 (now 75) years old Directing
Bette Chadwick as Casting. Production
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Anatomy of a Hate Crime (21 years)

  • Release day: Monday, January 01, 2001
  • Runtime: 90 minutes