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Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001)

 -  Comedy | Drama | Music  -  27 July 2001 (Canada)
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A transexual punk rock girl from East Berlin tours the US with her rock band as she tells her life story and follows the ex-boyfriend/bandmate who stole her songs.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Stephen Trask ...
Skszp - Band Member
Theodore Liscinski ...
Jacek - Band Member
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Krzysztof - Band Member
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Schlatko - Band Member
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Hansel's Dad
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Tommy's Publicist
Max Toulch ...
Goth Menses Boy
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Ermes Blarasin ...
Fat Man
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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

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An anatomically incorrect rock odyssey

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

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Release Date:

27 July 2001 (Canada)  »

Also Known As:

Hedwig and the Angry Inch  »

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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

During one scene, Yitzak comes in wearing a chef's hat with Hebrew letters on it. The letters spell Chef in Hebrew which is pronounced and means the same in Hebrew as in English. See more »

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Hedwig's Lament
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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An Angry Inch is just enough.
14 September 2004 | by (Tampa, FL) – See all my reviews

This movie is insane. That's why I liked it so much. The plot and visuals are as twisted as the inch that Hedwig is left with after her botched sex-change. In contrast, the lyrics of the many songs in the this movie are beautiful and poetic. I'm going to search out the sound track for this movie, as the songs were brilliant and inspiring.

This movie shows that everything has two sides that some how merge together to form the truth, The beautiful woman with the ugly, scarred genitals. The everlasting love soured by betrayal and shame. The cravings for success marred by the fear of power.

The unusual story, and the wonderful music make this movie alone worth watching. The amazing acting, outrageous costumes, and fabulous wigs make it a cult classic.

Another success for producer Christine Vachon, and a definite recommend from me!!!


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