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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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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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Liberace  »

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Peggy King is seen singing the song "When Liberace Winks at Me" to the real Liberace from a 1955 TV appearance, in a scene where Michael Douglas is showing an old VHS tape to Matt Damon's character. See more »

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At the funeral Mass at the film's end, the congregation's response to the priest's opening liturgical greeting "The Lord be with You" is .."and with your spirit". This is a well known change made recently. The funeral takes place in 1987 where the liturgical response would still have been, "And also with you." See more »

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Scott Thorson: I can't believe you're so Catholic.
Liberace: Devout.
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Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
Written by Ralph Blane and Hugh Martin
Performed by Johnny Mathis
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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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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