Tony Award-winning actor and playwright Harvey Fierstein re-creates his role as the unsinkable Arnold Beckoff in this film adaptation of the smash Broadway play TORCH SONG TRILOGY. A very personal story that is both funny and poignant, TORCH SONG TRILOGY chronicles a New Yorker's search for love, respect and tradition in a world that seems not especially made for him. From Arnold's hilarious steps toward domestic bliss with a reluctant school teacher, to his first truly promising love affair with a young fashion model, Arnold's greatest challenge remains his complicated relationship with his mother. But armed with a keenly developed sense of humor and oftentimes piercing wit, Arnold continues to test the commonly accepted terms of endearment--and endurance--in a universally affecting story that confirms that happiness is well worth carrying a torch for.
It takes a lot of guts and a helluva sense of humor to live life in Arnold's shoes.
Did You Know?
The names of the three acts or segments in the film's source "Torch Song Trilogy" (1982) stage-play are titled "International Stud", "Fugue in a Nursery", and "Widows and Children First!". See more
Arnold hires a car service to take him and Ma to the cemetery, and the car is seen waiting for them. But when Ma storms off and leaves in the car, it's not the same driver that brought them to the cemetery. See more
After all, a problem is never as permanent as a solution!
But Not for Me
Music by George Gershwin
Lyrics by Ira Gershwin
Performed by Billie Holiday See more