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Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001)

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A gender-queer punk-rock singer 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

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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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

On the poster advertising for auditions for a production of Rent, the character of Collins is described as 'Young, Edgy, Black, Aspiring Musician.' However, Collins is actually a philosophy professor. The 'aspiring musician' of Rent is Roger. See more »

Quotes

Phyllis: I don't think it's going to help our lawsuit if you continue to st... if you present the appearance of stalking him.
Hedwig: Yeah, you know I don't like that word.
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Connections

Referenced in Will & Grace: Emergency Contact (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

The Origin of Love
(Hedwig version)
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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Unbelievably Amazing and Completely Kick-Ass.
23 April 2001 | by PFSee all my reviews

The press kit touts this film as a "Post-punk neo-glam rock odyssey," based on the hit off-broadway show that ran in New York from 1998-2000. Some people have compared it to the Rocky Horror Picture Show, but that's only because it's the only other Glam Rock musical ever made into a movie.

The premise alone should make you want to see it: A rock-and-roll drag queen tells her bizarre life story, starting as a boy in East Berlin, falling in love with an American GI, and going for a sex-change operation, waking up to find nothing but a "one-inch mound of flesh" where her organ should be. The story takes more twists and turns after that, and I don't want to spoil anything.

The story is told mostly through the songs, which are perfect rock and roll gems, on par with the songs from Tommy. After only seeing it once, I walked away singing the words "Six inches forward and five inches back...I've got an angry inch!" over and over for days.

For a directorial debut with no big-name movie stars, the acting is right on the mark. These are theater people, after all, and there's none of the cringeworthy bad acting you see in a lot of independent films. John Cameron Mitchell gives the character Hedwig so much emotional depth, you forget that the premise is so silly.

The costumes are amazing, as you would expect from a movie with a drag queen as the main character. Hedwig wears no less than 41 outfits, one of which is a dress made entirely of hair.

I came away from this movie totally inspired. It positively electrified me with an energy I rarely feel from movies anymore. And I don't even like musicals!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

31 August 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hedwig and the Angry Inch 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

Gross USA:

$3,067,312

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,645,107
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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