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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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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 28 wins & 32 nominations. See more awards »

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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

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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Release Date:

31 August 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cal do szczescia  »

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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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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

John Cameron Mitchell was required to wear so much makeup for such long periods of time, that after his daily lunch break, he'd go to his trailer, shave off his growing five o'clock shadow (through the makeup), then go have his makeup touched up and return to shooting. See more »

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During the opening sequence, Hedwig's hair jumps about between shots. See more »

Quotes

Tommy: Oh, God, oh, Hedwig, when Eve was still inside Adam, they were in paradise.
Hedwig: That's right, honey.
Tommy: When she was separated from him, that's when paradise was lost. So when she enters him again, paradise will be regained.
Hedwig: However you want it, honey. Just kiss me while we do it.
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Soundtracks

Freaks
Written by Stephen Trask
Performed by Stephen Trask & Girls Against Boys
Girls Against Boys appear courtesy of Geffen Records
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An Angry Inch is just enough.
14 September 2004 | by See 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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