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Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001)

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A transgender punk-rock girl from East Berlin tours the U.S. with her band as she tells her life story and follows the former lover/band-mate who stole her songs.

Writers:

John Cameron Mitchell (book), Stephen Trask (book) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 28 wins & 32 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Cameron Mitchell ... Hedwig
Miriam Shor ... Yitzhak
Stephen Trask Stephen Trask ... Skszp - Band Member
Theodore Liscinski Theodore Liscinski ... Jacek - Band Member
Rob Campbell ... Krzysztof - Band Member
Michael Aronov ... Schlatko - Band Member
Andrea Martin ... Phyllis Stein
Ben Mayer-Goodman Ben Mayer-Goodman ... Hansel - 6 years old
Alberta Watson ... Hansel's Mom
Gene Pyrz Gene Pyrz ... Hansel's Dad
Michael Pitt ... Tommy Gnosis
Karen Hines ... Tommy's Publicist
Max Toulch Max Toulch ... Goth Menses Boy
Maurice Dean Wint ... Sgt. Luther Robinson
Ermes Blarasin Ermes Blarasin ... Fat Man
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Storyline

Hedwig, born male as Hansel in East Berlin, fell in love with an American G.I. and underwent a Gender Reassignment Surgery in order to marry him and flee to the West. Unfortunately, nothing worked out quite as it was supposed to - years later, Hedwig is leading her rock band on a tour of the U.S., telling her life story through a series of concerts at Bilgewater Inn seafood restaurants. Her tour dates coincide with those of arena-rock star Tommy Gnosis, a wide-eyed boy who once loved Hedwig - but then left with all her songs.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

An anatomically incorrect rock odyssey

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Music | Musical

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

31 August 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cal do szczescia See more »

Filming Locations:

Ontario, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$156,724, 22 July 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,029,081, 30 September 2001
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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Before it was a film and a musical at the Jane Street Theater, John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask created the character "Hedwig". Mitchell donned drag for the first time speaking in character and telling Hedwig's story between songs, written and played by Stephen Trask. This was the first "drag performance act" that had a storyline, live singing and a live band with original material. See more »

Goofs

During the sequence in the trailer where the wall drops, the first shot shows the window on which Hedwig is stepping is closed. The second clearly shows it open by the curtain bowing towards the ground, and the third shows it closed once again. See more »

Quotes

Hedwig: The road is my home, and my home, the road. And when I think of all the people I have come upon in my travels, I cannot help but think of the people who have come upon me. Tommy, can you hear me? From this milkless tit you have sucked the very business we call show!
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Connections

Referenced in Brows Held High: Shortbus (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Midnite Radio
Written and Produced by Stephen Trask
Performed by John Cameron Mitchell, Stephen Trask, Miriam Shor, Bob Mould,
Theodore Liscinski (as Ted Liscinski), Perry James (as Perry L. James), Alexis Fleisig and Eli Janney
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An Angry Inch is just enough.
14 September 2004 | by karrisamarie80See all my reviews

This movie is insane. That's why I liked it so much. The plot and visuals are as twisted as the inch that Hedwig is left with after her botched sex-change. In contrast, the lyrics of the many songs in the this movie are beautiful and poetic. I'm going to search out the sound track for this movie, as the songs were brilliant and inspiring.

This movie shows that everything has two sides that some how merge together to form the truth, The beautiful woman with the ugly, scarred genitals. The everlasting love soured by betrayal and shame. The cravings for success marred by the fear of power.

The unusual story, and the wonderful music make this movie alone worth watching. The amazing acting, outrageous costumes, and fabulous wigs make it a cult classic.

Another success for producer Christine Vachon, and a definite recommend from me!!!


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