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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 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)  »

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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

The Bilgewaters chain of restaurants that Hedwig and The Angry Inch perform at are decorated with graphics of the sinking of the Titanic. The original off-Broadway production of HEDWIG started in the ballroom of a hotel that gave shelter to the surviving crew of the Titanic in 1912. See more »

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During the opening sequence, Hedwig's hair jumps about between shots. See more »

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Hedwig: After my divorce from Luther I scraped by with baby-sitting gigs and odd jobs - mostly the jobs we call blow. I had lost my job at the base PX, and I had lost my gag reflex. You do the math.
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Featured in Fabulous! The Story of Queer Cinema (2006) 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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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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