MOVIEmeter
Top 5000
Up 119 this week

Behind the Candelabra (2013)

TV Movie  |  TV-MA  |   |  Biography, Drama, Romance  |  7 June 2013 (UK)
7.0
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.0/10 from 28,369 users  
Reviews: 144 user | 248 critic

Based on the autobiographical novel, the tempestuous 6-year relationship between Liberace and his (much younger) lover, Scott Thorson, is recounted.

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (book), 1 more credit »
Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $14.99 on Amazon Instant Video

ON DISC

IMDb Picks: April

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in April.

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

list image
a list of 35 titles
created 21 Apr 2012
 
a list of 33 titles
created 24 Oct 2012
 
a list of 40 titles
created 11 months ago
 
a list of 36 titles
created 5 months ago
 
a list of 26 titles
created 3 months ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Behind the Candelabra (TV Movie 2013)

Behind the Candelabra (TV Movie 2013) on IMDb 7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Behind the Candelabra.

User Polls

Won 2 Golden Globes. Another 39 wins & 43 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
Bob Black
...
Lou
...
Assistant Director
...
Director
Tom Roach ...
Stunt Actor
Shamus Cooley ...
Camera Assistant
John Smutny ...
Sound Mixer
Jane Morris ...
Rose Carracappa
...
Joe Carracappa
...
...
George Liberace
...
...
Dora Liberace
...
Billy Leatherwood
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

"Too much of a good thing is wonderful"


Certificate:

TV-MA | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

7 June 2013 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Liberace  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Robin Williams was originally set to play Liberace. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Liberace: I have an eye for new and refreshing talent.
Scott Thorson: You have an eye for new and refreshing dick.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #22.1 (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Tico Tico
Written by Zequinha De Abreu (as Zequinha Abreu) and Ervin Drake
Piano Performed by Liberace
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
Another mediocre biopic
30 September 2013 | by (France) – See all my reviews

A true story doesn't always equal success and this umpteenth biopic that is Behind The Candelabra proves it once again.

If you put aside the extravagant aspect of Liberace and the huge age difference between him and Scott who was only 17 (!) when they met — an important detail that almost goes unnoticed —, what remains is an almost banal love story, with its ups and downs, struggling to convince. The viewer ends up enduring laborious scenes, sometimes very linear, often little constructive, and of more than debatable interest.

One could also question the veracity and partiality of the story given that the script is based on the memoirs of Scott Thorson.

Anyway, Steven Soderbergh can be thankful to the cast in general and Michael Douglas in particular for their very good performances, because if it wasn't for them, the movie would be a flop.


7 of 11 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Unimpressed with Matt Damon... naksu-298-415794
Someone explain to me why a 40 year old was cast as Scott? LynneSin
How didn't Scott get HIV??? HarryJK_Lime
Did Scott not want to take it in his ass? akshaymoturi
Anyone here been in a relationship with older men?! or older women?! ashl_777
Matt Damon's surprisingly good performance pazmandy-szilvia
Discuss Behind the Candelabra (2013) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?