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Torch Song Trilogy (1988)

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Tony Award-winning actor and playwright Harvey Fierstein re-creates his role as the unsinkable Arnold Beckoff in this film adaptation of the smash Broadway play TORCH SONG TRILOGY. A very ... See full summary »

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Tony Award-winning actor and playwright Harvey Fierstein re-creates his role as the unsinkable Arnold Beckoff in this film adaptation of the smash Broadway play TORCH SONG TRILOGY. A very personal story that is both funny and poignant, TORCH SONG TRILOGY chronicles a New Yorker's search for love, respect and tradition in a world that seems not especially made for him. From Arnold's hilarious steps toward domestic bliss with a reluctant school teacher, to his first truly promising love affair with a young fashion model, Arnold's greatest challenge remains his complicated relationship with his mother. But armed with a keenly developed sense of humor and oftentimes piercing wit, Arnold continues to test the commonly accepted terms of endearment--and endurance--in a universally affecting story that confirms that happiness is well worth carrying a torch for. Written by Michael Braem

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It takes a lot of guts and a helluva sense of humor to live life in Arnold's shoes.

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14 December 1988 (USA)  »

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$4,865,997 (USA)
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According to show-business trade paper 'Variety', the movie "originated as separately staged one-acts" with the full play "finally mounted as a unified work in 1982". See more »

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Arnold hires a car service to take him and Ma to the cemetery, and the car is seen waiting for them. But when Ma storms off and leaves in the car, it's not the same driver that brought them to the cemetery. See more »

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Bertha Vanation: Did your mother have any children that lived?
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References Song of the South (1946) See more »

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'S Wonderful
Music by George Gershwin
Lyrics by Ira Gershwin
Performed by Joe Williams with Count Basie and His Orchestra
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Harvey Fierstein's brilliant depiction of gay life in the late seventies
20 March 2000 | by (Detroit Metro, MI) – See all my reviews

A touching portrayal of the difficulties involved in family relationships among gays. Noteworthy performances by Fierstein, Broderick and Bancroft. Lotsa laughs and tears. An underground film that deserves more attention. Daring and disturbing, this film examines the trying reality of being rejected by family, friends and co-workers for no other reason than homosexuality.


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