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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 more »

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Ma Beckoff
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Alan Simon
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Arnold Beckoff
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Ed Reese
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Laurel
Eddie Castrodad ...
David
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Murray
Charles Pierce ...
Bertha Venation
Axel Vera ...
Marina Del Rey
Benji Schulman ...
Young Arnold Beckoff
Nick Montgomery ...
Chorus Boy #1
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Chorus Boy #2
Kim Clark ...
Female Bar Patron #1
Stephanie Penn ...
Female Bar Patron #2
Geoffrey Harding ...
Man with Lighter
Michael Bond ...
Bar Patron
Michael Warga ...
Bartender
Phil Sky ...
Man in Back Room
Lorry Goldman ...
Phil Beckoff
Edgar Small ...
Jacob Beckoff
Harriet C. Leider ...
Maitre D'
Paul Joynt ...
Club Heckler #1
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Club Heckler #2 (as Mitch David Carter)
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Gregory
Byron Deen ...
Roz
John Beckman ...
Cab Driver #1
Elliott T. Spar ...
Rabbi (as Rabbi Elliott T. Spar)
Alva Chinn ...
Photographer
Gregory Gilbert ...
Hustler
John Norman ...
Basher #1
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Basher #2
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Young Man #1
Peter Nevargic ...
Young Man #2
Ted Hook ...
Old Man
Niall Gartlan ...
Boy in Fight
Catherine Blue ...
Teacher #1
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Teacher #2
Tracy Bogart ...
Secretary at School
Frits De Knegt ...
Cab Driver #2 (as Firts de Knegt)

Directed by

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Paul Bogart

Written by

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Harvey Fierstein ... (play)
 
Harvey Fierstein ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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Marie Cantin ... associate producer
Ronald K. Fierstein ... executive producer
Howard Gottfried ... producer

Cinematography by

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Mikael Salomon

Film Editing by

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Nicholas C. Smith

Editorial Department

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Jon Altschuler ... apprentice editor
John Ganem ... assistant editor
Grant Gatzke ... assistant editor
Jim Makiej ... apprentice editor
Ray Martin ... color timer
Chip Masamitsu ... assistant editor
Ralph Milliken ... negative cutter

Casting By

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Gail Levin
Lauren Lloyd

Production Design by

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Richard Hoover

Art Direction by

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Marcie Begleiter ... (as Marcie Dale)
Okowita

Set Decoration by

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Michael Warga

Costume Design by

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Colleen Atwood

Makeup Department

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Carlos David Amador ... hair styles supervisor
Nancy Berg ... makeup artist: New York
Morey Greenberg ... hair stylist: New York
David Jellison ... hair stylist
David K. Jellison ... assistant hair stylist
Christa Reusch ... supervising makeup
Doreen F. Schultz ... assistant makeup artist (as Doreen Schultz)

Production Management

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Marie Cantin ... production manager
Joe Fineman ... post-production supervisor
Timothy Gray ... assistant production supervisor
George Manasse ... production manager: New York
Deborah Moore ... production supervisor

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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J. Tom Archuleta ... second assistant director (as Joaquin T. Archuleta)
Peter Bogart ... first assistant director
Douglas J. Kenny ... second assistant director: New York (as Douglas Kenny)
Dennis Maguire ... first assistant director
Drew Ann Rosenberg ... second second assistant director: New York (as Drew Rosenberg)
Alan R. Green ... assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

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Doria Bartolucci ... assistant art director
Conrad Chitwood ... construction foreman
Laurie Dalton ... assistant property master
Denise Dugally ... set dresser
Martha Fishkin ... assistant property master: New York
David S. Ford ... lead man
Robert Greenfield ... set dresser
Ted Hardwick ... swing gang
Sue Kauffman ... assistant set decorator: New York
Terry Kempf ... construction foreman
Andrew Lassman ... property master: New York
Marleen Marta ... set decorator: New York
Octavio Molina ... lead man: New York
Chuck Parker ... construction coordinator
Mark Paul Selemon ... set dresser: New York (as Mark Seleman)
David Touster ... property master
William Volker ... scenic artist

Sound Department

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Gregg Barbanell ... foley artist
Gregory Choa ... cable person
Harry Cohen ... digital sound effects designer
Brian Geer ... sound effects assistant
Lewis Goldstein ... digital dialogue editor
Patrick M. Griffith ... post-production sound supervisor
Tom Hartig ... boom operator
Kristen Janusis ... mixing assistant
Rob Luna ... assistant dialogue editor
Steve Nelson ... sound mixer
Terry O'Bright ... foley recordist
Nancy Parker ... foley artist
David Platt ... boom operator: New York
Ken S. Polk ... re-recording mixer
Gary Rich ... sound mixer: New York
R. Russell Smith ... sound effects editor (as Rusty Smith)
Evan Stone ... second boom operator: New York
Ken Teaney ... re-recording mixer
Jeff Vaughn ... foley recordist

Special Effects by

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Ray Massara ... special effects

Camera and Electrical Department

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Katherine M. Butler ... second assistant camera
Dwight Campbell ... gaffer
Saul Cohen ... electrician: New York
Paul D. Fischer ... best boy electric / best boy grip
Dave Footman ... dolly grip / grip
Charles Goodman ... grip: New York
George Kontaxis ... still photographer: New York
Jimmy Leavens ... dolly grip
Todd Liebler ... second assistant camera: New York
Chris Lombardi ... first assistant camera
James M. McEwen ... best boy electric
Stephen McNutt ... camera operator: New York (as Steven McNutt)
Rex North ... key grip: New York
Robert Nussbaum ... electrician: New York
Michael Paris ... still photographer
Scott H. Ramsey ... rigging gaffer: New York (as Scott Ramsey)
Mike Reed ... best boy electric: New York (as Michael Reed)
Andy Ryan ... electrician
Darrell B. Sheldon ... grip (as Darrell Sheldon)
Miles Strassner ... grip: New York
Eric Swanek ... first assistant camera: New York
Bryan Unger ... best boy grip: New York
Kevin Wadowski ... key grip
David Wood ... electrician

Casting Department

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Raelle Koota ... extra casting: New York
Joy Todd ... extra casting: New York

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Helen P. Butler ... wardrobe supervisor: New York (as Helen Butler)
Johnny Foam ... key costumer
Heidi Freundlich Gilles ... assistant costume designer
Heidi Shulman ... wardrobe assistant: New York

Location Management

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Brett Botula ... location manager
Barry Gremillion ... location manager
Tim Tyler ... location scout
Bart Wenrich ... location assistant: New York

Music Department

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Tim Boyle ... score mixer
Ami Hadani ... music recordist
Larry L. Lash ... music consultant
Peter Matz ... composer: additional music / conductor / music adaptor
Allan K. Rosen ... supervising music editor

Transportation Department

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Jason Belsky ... transportation captain
James Leavey ... transportation captain: New York (as Jim Leavey)
Terry Mack ... driver generator operator
Griff Ruggles ... transportation coordinator

Other crew

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Susan Agnoff ... assistant location accountant
John Beckman ... production assistant
Diana Butler ... assistant production coordinator: New York
Marissa Linn Carus ... production assistant: New York (as Marissa Carus)
Al Cerullo ... helicopter pilot
Kevin Duncan ... production assistant
John Gallagher ... production assistant: New York
Ron Gershon ... promotions coordinator
Eric Gruendemann ... production auditor
Greg Hale ... production assistant: New York
Jolene Hastings ... assistant production coordinator
George Johnson ... digital systems intergrater
Tony Kono ... craft service: New York
Dave Krinsky ... production assistant
Ilene S. Landress ... assistant auditor: New York (as Ilene Landress)
Karen Altman Morgenstern ... production coordinator
Elizabeth J. Nevin ... production coordinator: New York
Phill Norman ... title designer
Robert Parigi ... production assistant
Scott Salmon ... choreographer
Judith Saunders ... script supervisor
Betsy Spanbock ... assistant: Paul Bogart
Marge Sperling ... production assistant / production assistant: New York / set production assistant
Shawn Stevens ... crafts service/catering
Mira Tweti ... unit publicist
Jim Zane ... assistant production auditor
Julia Zane ... post-production auditor (as Julia Guild)

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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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Taglines It takes a lot of guts and a helluva sense of humor to live life in Arnold's shoes. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Das Kuckucksei (Germany)
  • Trilogía de Nueva York (Spain)
  • Corações de Papel (Portugal)
  • Trilogija: Pjesme o neuzvraćenoj ljubavi (Croatia)
  • Trilogija: Pesme o neuzvraćenoj ljubavi (Serbia)
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  • 120 min
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Trivia The person living next door to the doorway used for the sequence at the end of the movie where the actors are performing in front of Arnold's doorway did not give permission to film outside his home. When the director would shout, "Action," the resident would either put his radio or television really loud, or open his door, thus ruining the shot. The crew got really fed-up with his antics so they nailed his door shut, which caused a law suit to be filed against New Line. 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in Working Girl/I'm Gonna Git You Sucka/Rain Man/Torch Song Trilogy/Haunted Summer (1988). See more »
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Quotes Arnold: Ma... I miss him.
Ma: Give yourself time, Arnold. It gets better... But, Arnold, it never goes away. You can work longer hours, adopt a son, fight with me, whatever... it'll still be there. But that's all right, it becomes a part of you, like learning to wear a ring or a pair of eyeglasses. You get used to it. And that's good. It's good, because it makes sure you don't forget. You don't want to forget him, do you?
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