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About the Movie
Shepard & Dark tells the story of the unlikely decades-spanning friendship between Academy Award-nominated actor and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Sam Shepard (The Right Stuff, Buried Child) and eccentric, reclusive deli clerk Johnny Dark. As the two men come together to publish their lifelong correspondence at the University of Texas Press - hundreds of eloquent handwritten letters dating back to the early 1960s - their shared memories, literary ties and one-time family bonds emerge in an indelible documentary portrait of a complex friendship rarely depicted on screen.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 14
- Fresh: 12
- Rotten: 2
- Average Rating: 7.4/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: Both good times and bad bubble back up to the surface, giving the film an unguarded honesty.
Fresh: There is just enough of Shepard's lyrical prose and Dark's depth and humor to whet the appetite. You walk out wanting to read at least a few of them beginning to end.
Fresh: A disarming but low-impact documentary that amounts to an odd dual biopic, "Shepard & Dark" can feel a bit like intruding on a conversation between two old friends.
Fresh: The stress of their reunion yields fascinating insights into Shepard's work.
Great, moving portraits of two very interesting ,different men
Highly recommended for Shepard fans and all interested in men's friendships.