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

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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 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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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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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

During one scene, Yitzak comes in wearing a chef's hat with Hebrew letters on it. The letters spell Chef in Hebrew which is pronounced and means the same in Hebrew as in English. See more »

Goofs

During Hedwig's story about Tommy Gnosis, the level of Zima in her bottle increases between shots. See more »

Quotes

Hedwig: [voiceover] He sang me songs.
Tommy: Classics.
Hedwig: [voiceover] The bands were new to me: Boston, Kansas, America, Europe, Asia.
Hedwig: [stops Tommy from playing his guitar] Travel exhausts me.
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Connections

Referenced in RiffTrax Live: Summer Shorts Beach Party (2017) 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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Brilliant toe-tapping stuff
27 August 2001 | by Chris_DockerSee 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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