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Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Music  |  31 August 2001 (USA)
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A transsexual 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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Storyline

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

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An anatomically incorrect rock odyssey

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Comedy | Drama | Music | Musical

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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

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

The date that Hedwig and Tommy are arrested for the accident is shown on the arrest photo as 8-13-01, exactly 40 years after the Berlin wall was erected. See more »

Goofs

In the Kansas City motel, Yitzhak wipes the left side of Hedwig's mouth; after the cut he's wiping the right side. See more »

Quotes

[someone is singing "I Will Always Love You" in the background]
Tommy: What do you think? Do you think love lasts forever?
Hedwig: No, but this song does.
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Referenced in Confessions of a Drag Queen (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Grey Clouds
Written by Stephen Trask
Performed by Dar Williams
Dar Williams appears courtesy of Razor & Tie
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A gem in the heap of garbage called "American film"
14 June 2003 | by (New Mexico) – See all my reviews

Without gushing, I think that this is the best film to come out of the US in several years. This is the type of movie which demands repeated viewing, and reveals itself a little each time. I'm surprised that the genius of this film didn't receive more accolades at the time, but I attribute that to the socially acceptable restraints of the mass culture.

Absolutely perfect production from top to bottom, makes you laugh out loud... then tears your heart out & puts it back in again. Multi layered & symbolic throughout.

Songwriting by Stephen Trask is sublime. But how the hell can a clown like Eminem get an Oscar & this guy was virtually ignored?! Sickening thought. Cameron Mitchell must have been born for this part... a brave & charismatic perf.

This movie achieves everything that "Velvet Goldmine" (yuck) could not... in a fraction of the time.

Anyway, anyone who's got a little freak in them will love this movie. And those who don't "get it" should be content watching the rest of American mass market trash cinema.


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