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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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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


On the poster advertising for auditions for a production of Rent, the character of Collins is described as 'Young, Edgy, Black, Aspiring Musician.' However, Collins is actually a philosophy professor. The 'aspiring musician' of Rent is Roger. See more »


Hedwig: It's a car wash, ladies and gentlemen!
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Referenced in A Decade Under the Influence (2003) See more »


The Origin of Love
(Tommy Gnosis version)
Written and Produced by Stephen Trask
Tommy Gnosis' Vocals by Stephen Trask
Performed by Stephen Trask, Bob Mould, Theodore Liscinski (as Ted Liscinski),
Perry James (as Perry L. James), Scott McCloud, Eli Janney, Alexis Fleisig and Johnny Temple
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Brilliant toe-tapping stuff
27 August 2001 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Already the winner of numerous awards including the Audience and Director awards at Sundance, this is the film of an original stage musical comedy that played off Broadway for over two years. It centres on Hedwig, whose only way of escaping from East Berlin is to undergo a sex-change and assume his mother's identity. Unfortunately the operation goes wrong and he is left with an `angry inch'. Escaping to America, he forms a rock band whilst seeking the soul partner that will fulfil his destiny. Loaded with songs that you will be humming all the way out of the cinema, Hedwig and the Angry Inch is the funniest, most outrageously entertaining movie of its kind since Rocky Horror. Unlike Rocky Horror, it does have some more serious philosophical reflections built into it (mostly via the songs), but it rocks, kicks ass and injects some seriously funny pizzaz into the transgender scene. I had the advantage not only of seeing the UK stage version a few days after the film, but also hearing the director speak about his work at the UK premiere. As a first time film effort it's quite an accomplishment, but as Cameron also played Hedwig in the stage version he had a starter for ten. On the down-side, the film is probably better on second or third viewing, when all the pieces would fit into place, and towards the end there is a tendency to tell the story only in songs and so at the expense of any serious script writing. But still it's a must-see movie.

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