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"Too much of a good thing is wonderful"
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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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Won 2 Golden Globes. Another 24 wins & 19 nominations See more »
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Point and Counter Point: Liberace's Life In Front Of and Behind the Candelabra See more (129 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Matt Damon ... Scott Thorson

Scott Bakula ... Bob Black

Eric Zuckerman ... Lou

Eddie Jemison ... Assistant Director

Randy Lowell ... Director
Tom Roach ... Stunt Actor

Shamus Cooley ... Camera Assistant
John Smutny ... Sound Mixer

Jane Morris ... Rose Carracappa

Garrett M. Brown ... Joe Carracappa

Michael Douglas ... Liberace

Pat Asanti ... George Liberace

Debbie Reynolds ... Frances Liberace

Casey Kramer ... Dora Liberace

Cheyenne Jackson ... Billy Leatherwood

Tom Papa ... Ray Arnett

Dan Aykroyd ... Seymour Heller
James Kulick ... Assistant Stage Manager

Bruce Ramsay ... Carlucci

Paul Witten ... Make-Up Artist

Deborah Lacey ... Gladys

Rob Lowe ... Dr. Jack Startz

David Koechner ... Adoption Attorney

Susan Todd ... Sue

Nicky Katt ... Mr. Y

Austin Stowell ... Backstage Flirt

Francisco San Martin ... Backstage Flirt

Boyd Holbrook ... Cary James

Anthony Crivello ... Stagehand

Mike O'Malley ... Tracy Schnelker

Kiff VandenHeuvel ... Scott's Half Brother, Wayne (as Kiff Vanden Heuvel)

Nikea Gamby-Turner ... Dorothy
Charlotte Crossley ... June

Josh Meyers ... Liberace's Attorney
Harvey J. Alperin ... Joel Strote (as Harvey Jacob Alperin)

Paul Reiser ... Scott's Attorney

Jerry Clarke ... Dr. Ronald Daniels

Lisa Frantz ... Anchorwoman

Shaun T. Benjamin ... Health Department Spokesman (as Shaunt Benjamin)
John Philip Kavcak ... Priest at Funeral
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Kelly Allen ... Young American Dancer (uncredited)
Gregg Atwill ... Funeral Mourner (uncredited)

Natacha Bachour ... Showgirl (uncredited)

Greg Baine ... Patron (uncredited)

Cassandra M. Bellantoni ... Hospital Visitor (uncredited)
Paul Borst ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Lita S. Bowman ... Mourner (uncredited)

Barbara Brownell ... Angie Liberace (uncredited)

Johnny Carson ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Patty Chong ... Concert Patron (uncredited)
Lee Christian ... Sex Club Patron (uncredited)

Nathan Collins ... Print Reporter (uncredited)
Kass Connors ... Kazarian (uncredited)
Russ Cugno ... Mourner (uncredited)

Pat Destro ... (uncredited)
Jacquelyn Dowsett ... Showgirl (uncredited)

Timothy Skyler Dunigan ... Concert Fan / Driver (uncredited)

Fielding Edlow ... Deposition Reporter (uncredited)

Corey Eid ... French Guy #2 (uncredited)

Krystal Ellsworth ... Impossible Dream Dancer (uncredited)
Kelli Erdmann ... Young American Dancer (uncredited)

Derek Ferguson ... Young American (uncredited)

Joe Filippone ... Adult Bookstore Patron (uncredited)

Jack Fitz ... Midwestern Husband (uncredited)

Gladis Giada ... Boogie Woogie Concert Fan (uncredited)
Aussie Guevara ... Sex Club Worker (uncredited)

Brandon Henschel ... Dancer (uncredited)

Doug Hunter ... Print Reporter (uncredited)

Lenny Jacobson ... Stage Manager (uncredited)

Richard Allan Jones ... Mourner (uncredited)
Adam J. Kassel ... Valet (uncredited)
Dominique Kelley ... Impossible Dream Dancer (uncredited)

David Dustin Kenyon ... Cameraman (uncredited)
Peggy King ... Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Kirk Krogstad ... Theatre Stage Hand (uncredited)

Kristin Lindquist ... Billy (uncredited)

Rachael Markarian ... Showgirl (uncredited)

Hugo Martin ... Club Patron (uncredited)
Paul McDade ... Sex Club Worker (uncredited)

Kc Monnie ... Young American Dancer (uncredited)

Max Napolitano ... Bar Patron (uncredited)
Cassidy Noblett ... Show Boy (uncredited)
Ryan Novak ... Dancer (uncredited)

Lance Patrick ... Sex Couple #1 (uncredited)
Ferly Prado ... Dancer (uncredited)

Mike Jerome Putnam ... On-Air News Reporter (uncredited)

Thure Riefenstein ... Maitre d' (uncredited)

Joan Riegert ... Concert Fan (uncredited)
Ryan Roth II ... Stagehand (uncredited)

Stephanie Maura Sanchez ... Second Anchorwoman (uncredited)

Jimmy Scanlon ... News Reporter (uncredited)

Roby Schinasi ... French Guy #1 (uncredited)

Nellie Sciutto ... Reporter (uncredited)

Franklin J. Sterns ... Bookstore Patron (uncredited)

Caroline Jaden Stussi ... Startz Surgeon (uncredited)

Becca Sweitzer ... Showgirl (uncredited)

Trace Taylor ... Stagehand (uncredited)

Anna Wendt ... Stagehand (uncredited)

Eric Womack ... Bartender (uncredited)
Ryken Zane ... Print Reporter (uncredited)
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Directed by
Steven Soderbergh 
 
Writing credits
Richard LaGravenese (screenplay)

Scott Thorson (book) and
Alex Thorleifson (book)

Produced by
Susan Ekins .... producer
Gregory Jacobs .... producer
Michael Polaire .... producer
Jerry Weintraub .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Marvin Hamlisch 
 
Cinematography by
Steven Soderbergh (director of photography) (as Peter Andrews)
 
Film Editing by
Steven Soderbergh  (as Mary Ann Bernard)
 
Casting by
Carmen Cuba 
 
Production Design by
Howard Cummings 
 
Art Direction by
Patrick M. Sullivan Jr. (supervising art director)
 
Set Decoration by
Barbara Munch  (as Barbara Munch Cameron)
 
Costume Design by
Ellen Mirojnick 
 
Makeup Department
Diana Acrey .... additional hair stylist
Christine Beveridge .... makeup artist: Matt Damon (as Chrissie Beveridge)
Kate Biscoe .... department head makeup
Deborah La Mia Denaver .... key makeup artist (as Deborah Lamia Denaver)
Jaroslava Fernandez .... contact lens technician (as Jaroslava L. Fernandez)
Kay Georgiou .... hair stylist: Matt Damon
Stephen Kelley .... makeup effects: Liberace (as Stephen M. Kelley)
Jamie Kelman .... makeup effects: Frances
Linda Klein .... plastic surgery consultant
Todd Kleitsch .... makeup artist: Michael Douglas
Marie Larkin .... department head hair
Frances Mathias .... hair stylist
Medusah .... additional hair stylist
Deborah Rutherford .... assistant department head makeup
Kerrie Smith .... hair stylist: Michael Douglas
Yvette Stone .... key hair stylist
Christien Tinsley .... additional makeup effects
Hiroshi Yada .... makeup effects: Scott
Sheryl Blum .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Patricia Gundlach .... hairstylist (uncredited)
Dorota Hines .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Connie Kallos .... assistant hair stylist (uncredited)
Michael Shawn McCracken .... prosthetic sculptor (uncredited)
Roseanne McIlvane .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Koji Ohmura .... prosthetic sculptor (uncredited)
Cristina Patterson Ceret .... contact lens designer/painter (uncredited)
Wendy Robin .... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
Don Rutherford .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Yoichi Art Sakamoto .... prosthetic dental appliances: Matt Damon (uncredited)
Dana Vargas .... additional hair stylist: Las Vegas/Palm Springs (uncredited)
Clinton Wayne .... prosthetic supply (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Julie M. Anderson .... production supervisor
David Kirchner .... post-production supervisor
Michael Polaire .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sylwia K. Dudzinska .... dga trainee
Gregory Jacobs .... first assistant director
Jody Spilkoman .... second assistant director
Lynn Struiksma .... second second assistant director
 
Art Department
Alan Alvarado .... propmaker foreman (as Alan C. Alvarado)
Dale E. Anderson .... leadman: Las Vegas (as Dale Anderson)
Scott M. Anderson .... set dresser
Paige Augustine .... set decorator buyer
Perry Bachelor .... gang boss (as Perry Batchelor)
Nicole Balzarini .... art department coordinator
John Berger .... assistant art director
Greg Berry .... set designer
John Bratton .... set dresser
Bill Cash .... propmaker
Dan Colegrove .... propmaker foreman (as Daniel C. Colegrove)
Michael A. Costello .... painter
Brad Einhorn .... property master
Louie Esparza .... painter (as Louie Esparza Jr.)
Damon Everett .... propmaker
Francesco Ferrara .... paint foreman
Neil Garland .... propmaker foreman (as Neal Garland)
Edward Alex Giron .... labor foreman
Jeff Goldberg .... propmaker
MaryKay Grant .... construction medic
Lawrence Hanley .... set dresser
Melissa Harrison .... assistant property master
Karen Higgins .... construction coordinator (as Karen D. Higgins)
Michael Holland .... propmaker (as Michael Holland Sr.)
Mats Holmberg .... propmaker
David Bryan Johnson .... propmaker
Eric R. Johnson .... assistant art director
Michael Kissick .... propmaker
Steven Kissick .... general foreman
Dwight Lowell .... propmaker (as Dwight T. Lowell)
Eric Luling .... on-set dresser (as Eric J. Luling)
Thomas Machan .... assistant art director
D.J. Markuson .... construction accounting clerk
Morgan McHugh .... assistant: Howard Cummings
Suzanne Milano .... art department production assistant
Jose Miranda .... propmaker
Elizabeth Morris .... set decorator buyer (as Libby Morris)
David Ott .... propmaker foreman
Chris Parkinson .... propmaker
John Philpotts .... leadman: Palm Springs
Jessica Ripka .... set decoration coordinator
Dana Rosen .... painter
Matthew Salata .... set dresser
Chris Samp .... painter
Greg Sanger .... leadman
Adam Santana .... set dresser
Jerry Sargent .... propmaker foreman
Robert Sartorius .... set dresser
Ronald F. Savini Jr. .... plasterer foreman (as Ronald Savini)
Steve Sickle .... standby greens (as Steve Sickels)
Andrew M. Siegel .... assistant property master
Eric Sundahl .... set designer
Toby Swinehart .... painter
Karen Teneyck .... graphic designer
Brian Tipton .... shop foreman/buyer
George Torres .... floor coverer
Adrian Valdes .... paint supervisor
Michael D. Valdes .... paint foreman
Steven Valenzuela .... toolman (as Steve'o Valenzuela)
Jason Vanover .... greens foreman
Michael Vojvoda .... set dresser (as Michael J. Vojvoda)
Lyndell Wolff .... propmaker (as Lyndell Dean Wolff)
Fred Apolito .... propmaker (uncredited)
Lucie Bourgeau .... art department coordinator: additional photography (uncredited)
Clint Carney .... prop maker (uncredited)
Richard Crain .... propmaker (uncredited)
Louis Farah Jr. .... construction medic (uncredited)
Mikel Hands .... set dresser (uncredited)
Michael A. Heath .... prop paperwork (uncredited)
George W. Kiel .... drapesmaster (uncredited)
Bob Renna .... drapery foreman (uncredited)
Jack White .... food stylist (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Larry Blake .... sound re-recording mixer
Larry Blake .... supervising sound editor
Matt Coby .... dialogue editor
Scott Curtis .... foley mixer
Dawn Fintor .... foley
Javier M. Hernández .... boom operator (as Javier M. Hernandez)
Kimaree Long .... dialogue editor
Alicia Stevenson .... foley
Billy Theriot .... foley editor
Dennis Towns .... production sound mixer
Gerard Vernice .... sound utility
Christopher Flick .... additional foley mixer (uncredited)
Chris Navarro .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Ryan Young .... adr recordist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Chris Cline .... special effects technician
Josh Hakian .... special effects supervisor
David Waine .... special effects coordinator
Tim Walkey .... special effects technician (as Timothy Walkey)
Robert Garrigus .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Ryan Andersen .... visual effects editorial coordinator: Shade VFX
Charles Baden .... compositor: Shade VFX
Toma Bowden .... compositor: Shade VFX
Russell Fell .... flame artist: Shade VFX
Daniel A Flores .... roto artist: Shade VFX
Bryan Godwin .... visual effects supervisor: Shade VFX
Kyle Gray .... compositor: Shade VFX
Harimander Singh Khalsa .... compositing supervisor: Shade VFX
Rohini Montenegro .... compositor: Shade VFX
Neiko Nagy .... roto artist: Shade VFX
Karen M. Nichols .... flame artist: Fotokem (as Karen Nichols)
Ryan J. Quinlan .... compositor: Shade VFX
César Romero .... flame artist: Fotokem (as Cesar Romero)
Rene Simen .... flame artist: Fotokem
Thomas J. Smith .... visual effects supervisor
Joseph A. Spano III .... compositor: Shade VFX
Shane Strickman .... digital effects producer: Shade VFX
Robert Tezai .... visual effects coordinator: Fotokem
David Van Dyke .... visual effects executive producer: Shade VFX
Gabriel Vargas .... cg lead: Shade VFX
Sam Edwards .... Flame artist (uncredited)
Beejal Lakhavani .... visual effects editorial production assistant: Shade VFX (uncredited)
Andrew Pellicer .... 2D intern: Shade VFX (uncredited)
John Riddle .... technical director: Shade VFX (uncredited)
Dane Allan Smith .... 3D scanning (uncredited)
Dane Allan Smith .... visual effects producer (uncredited)
James William Visconti III .... computer playback engineer (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Mike Gunther .... stunt coordinator
Mike Litz .... stunt rigger
Michael Runyard .... stunt double: Liberace
Alex Schoenauer .... stunt rigger
Kyle Woods .... stunt rigger
 
Camera and Electrical Department
James W. Apted .... b camera first assistant (as James Apted)
Russell Ayer .... best boy electric
Claudette Barius .... still photographer
Joseph Capshaw .... electrician
Thomas Crawford .... grip
R. Michael De Chellis .... rigging gaffer (as R. Michael DeChellis)
Robert B. Dechellis .... electrician (as Robert DeChellis)
Max Deleo .... b camera second assistant
Christopher Duskin .... camera operator (as Chris Duskin)
Greg Fausak .... best boy grip (as Gregory Fausak)
David Henri .... video supervisor
Yuka Kadono .... digital downloader
Ben Kilmer .... grip
Steven Meizler .... a camera first assistant
John Joseph Minardi .... key grip
Wilson Mylander .... dolly grip
Scott Patten .... best boy rigging grip
Blake Pike .... key rigging grip
James Plannette .... gaffer
Jesse Tango .... best boy rigging electric (as Jess Tango)
Paul Threlkeld .... dolly grip
Paul Toomey .... a camera second assistant
Braden Belmonte .... second assistant camera: "a" camera: re-shoots (uncredited)
Mario Cisneros .... grip (uncredited)
Renée George .... lighting technician (uncredited)
Benjamin Relf .... video playback engineer (uncredited)
Sean Smith .... lighting technician (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Julia Ballou .... casting assistant
Wittney Horton .... casting associate
Rich King .... extras casting
Garrett Montoya .... extras casting assistant
Derrick Dover .... extras casting (uncredited)
William E. Johnson III .... extras casting assistant (uncredited)
Jeremy Lambert .... extras casting assistant (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Anthony Almaraz .... set costumer
Myron Baker .... costumer: Michael Douglas
Ann Foley .... assistant costume designer
Monica Haynes-Nino .... costumer
Jose S. Hernandez .... costumer (as José S. Hernañdez)
Robert Q. Mathews .... costume supervisor
Bob Morgan .... assistant costume designer (as Robert Morgan)
Kiersten Ronning .... key costumer
Anna Seltzer .... costume production assistant (as Anna Leah Seltzer)
Kenn Smiley .... key costumer
Barnaby Smith .... costumer: Matt Damon
Gillian Waterman .... costumer
Tricia Yoo .... costumer
Christian Cordella .... costume illustrator (uncredited)
Sara Fox .... set costumer (uncredited)
Jessica R. Lawson .... seamstress (uncredited)
Jack Taggart .... ager/dyer (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Corey Bayes .... first assistant editor
Philip Beckner .... digital intermediate editorial: Fotokem
John Daro .... digital intermediate colorist: Fotokem
Paul Lavoie .... digital intermediate producer: Fotokem
Joseph Malloch .... post-production coordinator
Amy McGrath .... second assistant editor (as Amy P. McGrath)
Dan Muscarella .... color timer: Fotokem
John Nicolard .... digital intermediate supervisor: Fotokem
David Rosenthal .... digital intermediate i/o supervisor: Fotokem
Bill Schultz .... digital intermediate general manager: Fotokem
Erin Sullivan .... second assistant editor
 
Music Department
Mark Agostino .... music playback
Philip Fortenberry .... piano double: Liberace
Mark Graham .... music preparation
Marvin Hamlisch .... executive music producer
Randy Kerber .... piano coach: Michael Douglas
Evyen Klean .... music supervisor (as Evyen J Klean)
David Krane .... piano coach: Michael Douglas, NY
Larry Mah .... digital audio
Jennifer Reeve .... music coordinator
Lucas Richman .... score conductor
John Ashton Thomas .... orchestrator
Thomas Vicari .... score recorded and mixed by (as Tommy Vicari)
Brian Brigham .... off-camera singer (uncredited)
Jon Robert Hall .... off-camera singer (uncredited)
Katie Hampton .... off-camera singer (uncredited)
Edie Lehmann .... vocal contractor (uncredited)
David Loucks .... off-camera singer (uncredited)
David Low .... orchestra contractor (uncredited)
Victor Pesavento .... music preparation (uncredited)
Gerald White .... off-camera singer (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Leonel Alvarez .... driver
David R. Blakely .... set dressing driver
Daren Bojarski .... driver
Michael Borreson .... driver
Jeff Bova .... driver
Michael W. Broomer .... driver
Alex Connaughton .... driver
Erik Coutts .... driver
John Forester .... driver (as John W. Forester)
Mark Garrett .... construction driver
Gavin Grazer .... driver
Shane Greedy .... transportation coordinator
Jim Herbert II .... driver (as Jim Herbert)
Steve Lewis .... driver
Kevin Loding .... driver
James Lowder .... driver
Michael Menapace .... driver (as Michael D. Menapace)
Eric Moon .... set dressing driver
Sean J. Moore .... driver (as Sean Moore)
Ron Pope .... greens driver
Timothy P. Ryan .... rigging electric driver (as Timothy Ryan)
George A. Sack .... transportation captain (as George Sack)
Marvin LaRoy Sanders .... driver
Chase Spitzer .... dot coordinator (as Chase R. Spitzer)
Shelley Trammel .... driver (as Shelley Trammell)
George Williams .... driver (as George Williams)
Gil Amaral .... driver: cast (uncredited)
John Hight .... driver: cast (uncredited)
Stan Mataele .... driver (uncredited)
Cyril O'Neil .... picture car consultant (uncredited)
Lin C. Smith .... driver (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Teri J. Barber .... set production assistant
David Birch .... security: Matt Damon
Jody Birdwell .... production secretary: Las Vegas/Palm Springs
Allen Burry .... executive assistant: Michael Douglas
Selena Carrillo .... production coordinator
Fred Chu .... second assistant accountant: Las Vegas/Palm Springs
Richard Cody .... assistant craft service
Melanie Coffee .... curatorial consultant
Sarah Cole .... animal trainer
Betsy Dennis .... assistant: Susan Ekins
Caleb Duffy .... location manager
Justin Duncan .... key assistant location manager
Jesse Ehman .... office production assistant
Maggie Engelhardt .... contract coordinator
Desirae Ferrer .... production secretary
Crystal Franco .... accounting clerk
Rachael Lin Gallaghan .... production coordinator: Palm Springs
Katy Galow .... key set production assistant
Cynthia Gates Fujikawa .... production accountant
Seamus Gibbons .... chef (as Seamus D. Gibbons)
Rebecca Gonzalez .... payroll clerk
Heather Gothie .... travel coordinator
Cheryl Harris .... animal coordinator
Jane Harrison .... second assistant accountant
Kimberly Hayes .... assistant production coordinator: Las Vegas/Palm Springs
Loriel Hennington .... assistant choreographer
Jason Hinkel .... first assistant accountant
TJ Jackson .... assistant: Jerry Weintraub
Christopher Just Weaver .... assistant: Jerry Weintraub (as Chris Weaver)
Zachary Kahn .... key assistant location manager
Claire Kenny .... assistant: Steven Soderbergh
Kevin Kenny .... security: Michael Douglas
David Scott Leatherwood .... assistant: Richard LaGravenese
Keri Littledeer .... set medic
Cynthia H. Margulis .... assistant accountant wardrobe (as Cynthia Margulis)
Cathy Marshall .... payroll accountant (as Cathy Marshall Hart)
Wendy Means .... clearance liaison
Will Meldman .... set production assistant
Mark Meloccaro .... clearance liaison
Gina Meredith .... set medic: Las Vegas/Palm Springs
Pablo Meza .... catering assistant (as Pablo S. Meza)
Elaine Mongeon .... assistant production coordinator
Elaine Mongeon .... assistant: Gregory Jacobs
Guy Morrison .... key assistant location manager
Graham Norris .... production assistant: Michael Douglas
Colin J. O'Hara .... assistant: Matt Damon
Tim Patterson .... assistant production coordinator
Tim Patterson .... production coordinator: Las Vegas
Alice Peterson .... office production assistant (as Alice Merlin)
Kim Pinkstaff .... executive assistant: Jerry Weintraub (as Kimberly Pinkstaff)
Marguerite Pomerhn Derricks .... choreographer (as Marguerite Derricks)
Aurora Ann Quinones .... location coordinator
Emily Rice .... post-production accountant
Kent Richards .... office production assistant: Las Vegas
Deborah Ricketts .... archive footage coordinator
Anthony Rico .... set medic
Ruben Rico .... set medic
Gabriel Rivera .... assistant chef
Tiffany Romero .... second assistant accountant
Ashley Romo .... office production assistant: Palm Springs
Linda Rowe .... animal trainer
Michael Serrano .... set production assistant
Ignacio Sosa .... catering assistant
Clay Valenti .... key assistant location manager
Annie Welles .... script supervisor
Schuyler Whitesell .... set production assistant
Jeff Winn .... craft service
Sydney Yuman .... set production assistant
Arek Bagboudarian .... set production assistant (uncredited)
Taylor Erickson .... assistant location manager (uncredited)
Briana Frapart .... production assistant: reshoots (uncredited)
Jenny Gienger .... cast assistant (uncredited)
Heidi Brook Myers .... adr loop group (uncredited)
Katrina Norman .... dancer (uncredited)
Jon Sperry .... dialect coach: Debbie Reynolds (uncredited)
Amanda Sutton .... post-production payroll accountant (uncredited)
Jennifer Tunberg .... additional set production assistant (uncredited)
Brian Turi .... animal trainer: dog (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Cami Christensen .... the producers wish to thank: LVH-Las Vegas Hotel and Casino
Christopher Duperre .... the producers wish to thank: LVH-Las Vegas Hotel and Casino
Marshall Grossman .... the producers wish to thank
Marvin Hamlisch .... in loving memory of
Steven Katz .... the producers wish to thank
Bahman Sedighan .... the producers wish to thank
Tony Tauber .... the producers wish to thank: LVH-Las Vegas Hotel and Casino
Rick White .... the producers wish to thank: LVH-Las Vegas Hotel and Casino
Bernie Yuman .... the producers wish to thank
 
Crew believed to be complete


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118 min
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Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: In the shopping montage set in 1977 a California license plate with a 1AAA111 format is shown. California did not use this format until 1980.See more »
Quotes:
Scott Thorson:I'm bisexual.
Liberace:Well which half likes women? I haven't met that half yet.
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Movie Connections:
References A Song to Remember (1945)See more »
Soundtrack:
NolaSee more »

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What substance is being inhaled by Liberace during his love scene with Scott at the 39-minute mark?
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74 out of 90 people found the following review useful.
Point and Counter Point: Liberace's Life In Front Of and Behind the Candelabra, 26 May 2013
Author: Armin Callo from Palm Springs - United States

Behind the Candelabra is not a biopic. Although the story revolves around the life of Liberace, the film is more than that. It is a love story that encompasses universal themes with a surrealistic twist.

It is well crafted by Steven Soderbergh, a veteran director with such films as Traffic, Erin Brockovich and Ocean's Eleven under his belt. And although Soderbergh describes the work as "Alice going down the rabbit hole," it is a surprisingly strong film with convincing performances and a tender, yet out-of-the-box, point of view.

Two of Hollywood's big-name alpha males – Michael Douglas and Matt Damon – play the lead roles delivering strong and convincing performances. It would have been easy to portray the over-the-top flamboyance of Liberace in high camp theatricality. But not here. Douglas is restrained, measured, and deliberate. His Liberace straddles both sides of the male persona. Douglas goes from being tender lover and father-protector to the excessive, power-hungry controlling tyrant driven to an addiction for acquisition: homes, jewelry, dogs, new lovers, and all things Louis Quinze.

Damon's Thorson is both a quintessential 70s male hooker and passive disco diva. All through the film, he is dazed and awestruck by his surroundings. As Liberace's latest boy-toy, he basks in the glow of rococo excess. And he is bewildered and confused when Liberace -- moving on to the next conquest – tragically, and predictably, takes everything away. Always, Thorson seems to be a man to whom things happen. He is not a figure who takes control of his surroundings but rather is controlled by them. This passivity is quite surprising in as much as the movie is based on a book written by Thorson who is hell-bent on casting himself in the best possible light.

In contrast to the one-sided take of Thorson's book, Soderbergh's film provides Thorson with depth and dimension. He is more than a victim. He actively plays into his victimhood. Soderberg shows Thorson as actively doing nothing to improve his life or circumstance. Instead of taking full advantage of his relationship with Liberace, Thorson lives in, and for, the moment. He piddles away the opportunity to make something of himself beyond the rentboy persona. It brings new meaning to the old Freddy Fender song "Wasted days and wasted nights." At the end, all he ends up with is another diet, addiction, a new face and a paltry $95K.

The supporting cast members are equally effective as the leads. The standout here is, unquestionably, Rob Lowe as Liberace's plastic surgeon Dr. Jack Startz. His face is wonderfully plastic and his acting sublime. Scott Bakula is Liberace's mustachioed procurer; Dan Aykroyd is his Foster-Grant-wearing manager/henchman; and Debbie Reynolds is Liberace's prosthesized-up-the-ying-yang Polish mother. All submit strong performances despite brief appearances in almost cameo roles. None of the supporting actors distracts from the focus on the two tragic lovers whose end comes as expectedly as any Shakespearean tragedy.

To convey that 70s and early 80s look and feel, Soderberg seems to have used old-fashioned film in lieu of going "straight" digital. The movie is bracketed by what appears as grainy home movies. It opens with the LA bar scene and 17-year-old Thorson at his outlying rural foster home. It ends with the melodramatic flourish of Liberace's death in Palm Springs and the resulting saga over the Riverside County coroner's attempts to autopsy the body despite the family's efforts to keep his AIDS-related cause of death from public view. The conflict is told via newsreel storytelling straight out of Orson Well's Citizen Kane.

In between, we are taken on a trip to wonderland. Like riding in a monorail, we are shuttled between houses in Las Vegas, Los Angeles and Palm Springs. We enter rooms upon rooms replete with white painted pianos, crystal chandeliers and gold-gilt furniture. The journey is a magical mystery tour into a bizarre world inhabited by two larger than life figures beset with very ordinary problems. Like everyone else, they face issues of money and power; attraction and rejection; youth and old age; addiction and dysfunction; life and death. And weaving through it all, is the all-too-common story of "the next new thing; the next big fix." I guess in the end, the grass is always greener on the other side. And what we have is never enough.

Soderberg weaves a morality tale where choices have consequences and people get exactly what they deserve. In this movie, the consequences are cruel but quite sober and sensible. There are neither suicides nor any type of saccharine sentimentality. And while the pathos could be deliciously comedic – especially on a story about the avatar of kitsch when punctuated with high camp – Soderbergh is refreshingly restrained. He tells his story with a firm grip and a cautioned mannerism.

On stage – and in front of the candelabra – Liberace lived a life of champagne wishes and caviar dreams. But behind the glitz and the glamour, we glimpse the flawed, all-too-human and imperfect everyman who is uncomfortable in his skin, seeking miracles from plastic surgery and sexual hedonism. He is not a hero or anti-hero; victim or victimizer; predator or prey. He is all and neither. Liberace's life is heroic because he was able to achieve much despite the odds. But his real life was lived in darkness cast by the shadow of the lights behind the candelabra.

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