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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Hedwig
... Yitzhak
Stephen Trask ... Skszp - Band Member
Theodore Liscinski ... Jacek - Band Member
... Krzysztof - Band Member
... Schlatko - Band Member
... Phyllis Stein
Ben Mayer-Goodman ... Hansel - 6 years old
... Hansel's Mom
Gene Pyrz ... Hansel's Dad
... Tommy Gnosis
... Tommy's Publicist
Max Toulch ... Goth Menses Boy
... Sgt. Luther Robinson
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 Confirmation 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. Written by Anonymous

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An anatomically incorrect rock odyssey

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Comedy | Drama | Music | Musical

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

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Release Date:

31 August 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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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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In the montage of Hedwig giving Tommy his 'rock education', Tommy is seen wearing a 'Hotel Riverview' T-shirt. The Hotel Riverview, NY, was the home of the original stage show for several years. See more »

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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 »

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Hedwig: One day in the late mid-eighties, I was in my early late-twenties. I had just been dismissed from University after delivering a brilliant lecture on the aggressive influence of German philosophy on rock 'n' roll entitled 'You, Kant, Always Get What You Want.' At 26, my academic career was over, I had never kissed a boy, and I was still sleeping with mom. Such were the thoughts flooding my tiny head on the day that I was sunning myself... in an old bomb crater I had discovered near the Wall. I ...
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Freaks
Written by Stephen Trask
Performed by Stephen Trask & Girls Against Boys
Girls Against Boys appear courtesy of Geffen Records
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Brilliant toe-tapping stuff
27 August 2001 | by See all my reviews

Already the winner of numerous awards including the Audience and Director awards at Sundance, this is the film of an original stage musical comedy that played off Broadway for over two years. It centres on Hedwig, whose only way of escaping from East Berlin is to undergo a sex-change and assume his mother's identity. Unfortunately the operation goes wrong and he is left with an `angry inch'. Escaping to America, he forms a rock band whilst seeking the soul partner that will fulfil his destiny. Loaded with songs that you will be humming all the way out of the cinema, Hedwig and the Angry Inch is the funniest, most outrageously entertaining movie of its kind since Rocky Horror. Unlike Rocky Horror, it does have some more serious philosophical reflections built into it (mostly via the songs), but it rocks, kicks ass and injects some seriously funny pizzaz into the transgender scene. I had the advantage not only of seeing the UK stage version a few days after the film, but also hearing the director speak about his work at the UK premiere. As a first time film effort it's quite an accomplishment, but as Cameron also played Hedwig in the stage version he had a starter for ten. On the down-side, the film is probably better on second or third viewing, when all the pieces would fit into place, and towards the end there is a tendency to tell the story only in songs and so at the expense of any serious script writing. But still it's a must-see movie.


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