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Torch Song Trilogy (1988)

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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 ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Ma Beckoff
... Alan Simon
... Arnold Beckoff
... Ed Reese
... Laurel
Eddie Castrodad ... David
... Murray
Charles Pierce ... Bertha Venation
Axel Vera ... Marina Del Rey
Benji Schulman ... Young Arnold Beckoff
Nick Montgomery ... Chorus Boy #1
... Chorus Boy #2
Kim Clark ... Female Bar Patron #1
Stephanie Penn ... Female Bar Patron #2
Geoffrey Harding ... Man with Lighter
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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. Written by Michael Braem

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It takes a lot of guts and a helluva sense of humor to live life in Arnold's shoes.

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14 December 1988 (USA)  »

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Das Kuckucksei  »

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$4,865,997
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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 »

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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 »

Quotes

Ma: After all, a problem is never as permanent as a solution!
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Soundtracks

But Not for Me
Music by George Gershwin
Lyrics by Ira Gershwin
Performed by Billie Holiday
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*THE* quintessential gay film
29 January 1999 | by See all my reviews

This film is, undoubtedly, *the* quintessential gay film.

If you even claim to know gay people you should see this film. I used to help run a youth group for under 25s dealing with their sexuality and we screened this film four times in two years.

I have seen this film more times than almost any other film and it still never fails to move me. Take your Kleenex, this'll make you cry! :o)

WATCH IT -- IT'S EXCELLENT!


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