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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 ...
Skszp - Band Member
Theodore Liscinski ...
Jacek - Band Member
Schlatko - Band Member
Ben Mayer-Goodman ...
Gene Pyrz ...
Hansel's Dad
Tommy's Publicist
Max Toulch ...
Goth Menses Boy
Sgt. Luther Robinson
Ermes Blarasin ...
Fat Man


Hedwig, born male as Hansel in East Berlin, fell in love with an American G.I. and underwent a Gender Confirmation Surgery 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 USA:

$156,724, 22 July 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,029,081, 30 September 2001
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Stephen Trask, who wrote the songs and score for the film, also provides the singing voice for Tommy. See more »


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


Hedwig: Ladies and gentlemen, do you like the pelt? Be honest, because some *bitch* stopped me on the way in. "What poor and unfortunate creature had to die for you to wear that?"
Hedwig: My Aunt Trudy, I replied. Walked away, ladies and gentlemen, walked away!
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I Will Always Love You
Written by Dolly Parton
Performed by Maggie Moore and Alex Lasarenko (as Alexander Lasarenko)
Courtesy of Alexander Lasarenko
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An Angry Inch is just enough.
14 September 2004 | by 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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