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Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001)

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A transgender punk-rock girl from East Berlin tours the U.S. with her band as she tells her life story and follows the former lover/band-mate who stole her songs.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Stephen Trask ...
Theodore Liscinski ...
Ben Mayer-Goodman ...
Gene Pyrz ...
Tommy's Publicist
Max Toulch ...
Goth Menses Boy
Ermes Blarasin ...
Fat Man


Hedwig, born a boy named Hansel in East Berlin, fell in love with an American G.I. and underwent a sex-change operation in order to marry him and flee to the West. Unfortunately, nothing worked out quite as it was supposed to - years later, Hedwig is leading her rock band on a tour of the U.S., telling her life story through a series of concerts at Bilgewater Inn seafood restaurants. Her tour dates coincide with those of arena-rock star Tommy Gnosis, a wide-eyed boy who once loved Hedwig... but then left with all her songs. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


An anatomically incorrect rock odyssey


Comedy | Drama | Music | Musical

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

31 August 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cal do szczescia  »

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Box Office


$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$156,724 (USA) (20 July 2001)


$3,029,081 (USA) (28 September 2001)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Maggie Moore - who played the women singing Dolly Parton's "I Will Always Love You" - played the role of Yitzak in the stage version of "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" after Miriam Shor left the role. See more »


During Hedwig's story about Tommy Gnosis, the level of Zima in her bottle increases between shots. See more »


Hedwig: One day in the late mid-eighties, I was in my early late-twenties. I had just been dismissed from University after delivering a brilliant lecture on the aggressive influence of German philosophy on rock 'n' roll entitled 'You, Kant, Always Get What You Want.' At 26, my academic career was over, I had never kissed a boy, and I was still sleeping with mom. Such were the thoughts flooding my tiny head on the day that I was sunning myself... in an old bomb crater I had discovered near the Wall. I ...
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References Tommy (1975) See more »


Midnite Radio
Written and Produced by Stephen Trask
Performed by John Cameron Mitchell, Stephen Trask, Miriam Shor, Bob Mould,
Theodore Liscinski (as Ted Liscinski), Perry James (as Perry L. James), Alexis Fleisig and Eli Janney
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astoundingly brilliant, somewhat disturbing. A must see.
23 November 2005 | by (Davenport, IA, USA) – See all my reviews

This was a film I had planned to watch for an extremely long time, it was lent to me by an ethics professor and I was blown away. I was astounded. Never could I have imagined how visually and sonically pleasing Hedwig would be all at once, yet surprisingly disturbing. And this is coming from a homosexual man who has spent an enormous amount of time around persons who have had sex changes, and innumerable drag queens. Hedwig also gave a startling new look at the collapse of (and years previous to) the Berlin wall. EVEN IF YOU THINK YOU WON'T LIKE THIS FILM SEE IT ANYWAY, you will be surprised. What I took that was even more unexpected than anything else, was great joy in the songs. Each song, particularly "The Origin Of Love", and "Angry Inch" were songs I would listen to without prompting from the film.

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