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Behind the Candelabra (2013)

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A chronicle of the tempestuous six year romance between megastar singer, Liberace, and his young lover, Scott Thorson.

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Won 2 Golden Globes. Another 41 wins & 48 nominations. See more awards »

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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>

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"Too much of a good thing is wonderful"


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7 June 2013 (UK)  »

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Liberace  »

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$23,000,000 (estimated)
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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

During the scene where Liberace (Michael Douglas) is showing an old VHS tape to Scott (Matt Damon), Peggy King can be seen in a 1955 television appearance singing "When Liberace Winks at Me" to the real Liberace. See more »

Goofs

The tailor uses the wrong end of the tape to measure Scott's waist during the montage where Liberace takes him shopping for a suit. See more »

Quotes

Liberace: [after Scott passes out at an adult video store] I'm not ready for apologies, OK?
Scott Thorson: Apology? Fuck you! You are a well known star! Are you out of your mind, going to a place like that? I mean, what if someone would have recognized you? What if they had gone to the press?
Liberace: When a London paper said I was gay, I took them to court, and I won that law suit. They retracted the story and they paid for it.
Scott Thorson: Only because they didn't have a witness seeing you with a room full of dildos, with your dick hanging...
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Connections

Referenced in Breakfast: Episode dated 29 December 2016 (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Carioca
Written by Edward Eliscu, Gus Kahn, and Vincent Youmans
Piano Performed by Randy Kerber
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Everything I like about a movie
28 May 2013 | by (Switzerland) – See all my reviews

Honestly, I'm not a huge fan of Steven Soderbergh as I find a lot of his films quite boring. But this film really blew me away.

It has everything I want to see in a movie: great performances, true stories, same sex love, a little bit of nudity, but not too much, truthfulness, warmth, minimum amount of violence and good cinematography.

I have a newfound respect for Michael Douglas, who becomes completely unrecognizable (with a little help of good make up) , gives it all in his performance as Liberace, and yet only just beat cancer a year earlier.

10 out of 10**


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