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Behind the Candelabra (2013)

TV Movie  -   -  Biography | Drama | Romance  -  7 June 2013 (UK)
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Based on the autobiographical novel, the tempestuous 6-year relationship between Liberace and his (much younger) lover, Scott Thorson, is recounted.

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Won 2 Golden Globes. Another 37 wins & 41 nominations. See more awards »

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Scott Thorson, a young bisexual man raised in foster homes, is introduced to flamboyant entertainment giant Liberace and quickly finds himself in a romantic relationship with the legendary pianist. Swaddled in wealth and excess, Scott and Liberace have a long affair, one that eventually Scott begins to find suffocating. Kept away from the outside world by the flashily effeminate yet deeply closeted Liberace, and submitting to extreme makeovers and even plastic surgery at the behest of his lover, Scott eventually rebels. When Liberace finds himself a new lover, Scott is tossed on the street. He then seeks legal redress for what he feels he has lost. But throughout, the bond between the young man and the star never completely tears. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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"Too much of a good thing is wonderful"


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Trivia

Liberace's Beverly Hills penthouse was shot on location in the actual apartment space. The art department was able to recreate the apartment's original black and metallic look based on photos provided by the owner (who was a huge Liberace fan). See more »

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Towards the end of the film, there is an exterior shot of Palm Springs city hall which shows a modern dome CCTV camera. See more »

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Liberace: I love to give the people a good time.
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Referenced in Chelsea Lately: Episode #7.89 (2013) See more »

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The Impossible Dream
Written by Joe Darion (as Joseph Darion) and Mitch Leigh
Piano Performed by Michael Douglas and Randy Kerber
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A Missed Opportunity
31 December 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

THE GOOD: The cast has many stars including Douglas, Damon, Akroyd, Bakula and Debbie Reynolds. The costumes are excessive and fun. The film gives us a salacious look into Liberace's private life. THE BAD: The acting is two dimensional, despite the cast, which says something bad about the script. The story is not very interesting. The main characters are a gay man who came of age in the 1950's and another gay man who came of age in the 1970's. The characters could have showed us the challenges and scars that came with having to be closeted or suffering discrimination, and how their experiences differed. Also, the opportunity to dramatize the deadliest medical scourge since the plague, i.e. AIDS, was not mined for much plot at all. All the characters were superficial. I would have been disappointed or even agitated had I spent $10 to see this movie. I Red Boxed it for a buck. I can't recommend it it even for a dollar.


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