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Liberace: Behind the Music (1988)

Fueled by the intense poverty of his youth, Walter Valentino Liberace is determined to become the world's greatest entertainer. Explore the rises and falls, the libel and palimony suits, as... See full summary »

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David Greene

Writer:

Gavin Lambert
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Victor Garber ... Liberace
Saul Rubinek ... Seymour Heller
Michael Dolan Michael Dolan ... Scott Thorsen
Maureen Stapleton ... Frances Liberace
Shawn Levy ... Glenn
Michael Wikes Michael Wikes ... George Liberace
Macha Grenon ... Joanne
George Touliatos ... Salvatore Liberace
Kenneth Welsh
Dianne Heatherington Dianne Heatherington
Paul Hipp ... Elvis Presley
Frances Hyland ... Florence Bettray Kelly
Stephen Watts Stephen Watts ... Jimmy
Rochelle Bruneau Rochelle Bruneau ... George's Girl
Joan Heney Joan Heney ... Serious Lady
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Fueled by the intense poverty of his youth, Walter Valentino Liberace is determined to become the world's greatest entertainer. Explore the rises and falls, the libel and palimony suits, as this intensely driven man struggles for personal happiness as well as the desire for the title of "Mr. Showmanship." Written by Multicom Entertainment

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Biography | Drama | Music

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Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 October 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Liberace - Ein Leben für die Musik See more »

Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada

Company Credits

Production Co:

The Kushner-Locke Company See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(TV)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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During a montage of Liberace's Las Vegas shows in the mid-Fifties, stock footage of the Strip and Downtown includes glimpses of hotels and showroom acts that date to late Seventies at earliest. See more »

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Behind the man
19 March 2007 | by capricorn9See all my reviews

Just picked up this DVD in a bin at WalMart. I had never heard of the film, but glad I've added it to my collection. Although it does touch on Lee's homosexuality and the palimony suit of one of his many boyfriends, it also touches, lightly, on what actually made him the famous man he was. In a time when being gay was not accepted openly by anyone in show biz, he tried to keep things quiet - but the love of his mother and his obviously flamboyant way on stage kept the tongues wagging. After awhile people didn't care one way or another, they just loved his music and his show biz style. Classic Maureen Stapleton plays his mother and Saul Rubinek is interesting as his last manager. If you kind of flip through the soap opera script, you can still sit back and enjoy the music, which I believe is actually him playing.


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