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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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Paul Bogart

Writers:

Harvey Fierstein (play), Harvey Fierstein (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anne Bancroft ... Ma Beckoff
Matthew Broderick ... Alan Simon
Harvey Fierstein ... Arnold Beckoff
Brian Kerwin ... Ed Reese
Karen Young ... Laurel
Eddie Castrodad Eddie Castrodad ... David
Ken Page ... Murray
Charles Pierce Charles Pierce ... Bertha Venation
Axel Vera Axel Vera ... Marina Del Rey
Benji Schulman Benji Schulman ... Young Arnold Beckoff
Nick Montgomery Nick Montgomery ... Chorus Boy #1
Robert Neary ... Chorus Boy #2
Kim Clark Kim Clark ... Female Bar Patron #1
Stephanie Penn Stephanie Penn ... Female Bar Patron #2
Geoffrey Harding Geoffrey Harding ... Man with Lighter
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Storyline

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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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Hebrew

Release Date:

14 December 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Das Kuckucksei See more »

Filming Locations:

Denville, New Jersey, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$4,865,997
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

According to the book "It's a Hit!: The Back Stage Book of Longest-Running Broadway Shows: 1884 to the Present" by David Sheward, the film's source stage production's original Broadway season was "one of the longest runs for a non-musical in the '80s". See more »

Goofs

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

Arnold: I don't want to hear what you have to say, because believe me, you don't want to hear what I have to say.
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As Time Goes By
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Excellent, superb film - in its genre
15 March 1999 | by EtoileSee all my reviews

I absolutely love this movie. It certainly was created for gay men, but as a lesbian, I feel a kinship with other gay people, and I believe this is an excellent movie. The depiction of female impersonators is genuine, and doesn't give the false glamourpuss view that probably causes many outsiders to think all drag queens are just like RuPaul (nothing against her, she's a diva, but not everyone has so much money!). The portrayal of a relationship involving one gay person and one bisexual person is also beautifully realistic. Ann Bancroft's performance as the Ma is stunning. I believe this movie would also appeal to open-minded heterosexuals who may not have too much involvement with our culture, as it depicts a grittier side of life than the commonly-seen rich gay boy lifestyle. (Movie viewers with an eye toward the cinematography of films will also enjoy the artistry presented here.)


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