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Behind the Candelabra (2013)

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A chronicle of the tempestuous six year romance between megastar singer, Liberace, and his young lover, Scott Thorson.

Director:

Steven Soderbergh

Writers:

Richard LaGravenese (screenplay), Scott Thorson (book) | 1 more credit »
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Won 2 Golden Globes. Another 41 wins & 49 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Matt Damon ... Scott Thorson
Scott Bakula ... Bob Black
Eric Zuckerman ... Lou
Eddie Jemison ... Assistant Director
Randy Lowell ... Director
Tom Roach Tom Roach ... Stunt Actor
Shamus Cooley Shamus Cooley ... Camera Assistant
John Smutny John Smutny ... Sound Mixer
Jane Morris ... Rose Carracappa
Garrett M. Brown ... Joe Carracappa
Michael Douglas ... Liberace
Pat Asanti ... George Liberace
Debbie Reynolds ... Frances Liberace
Casey Kramer ... Dora Liberace
Cheyenne Jackson ... Billy Leatherwood
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Storyline

Scott Thorson, a young bisexual man raised in foster homes, is introduced to flamboyant entertainment giant Liberace and quickly finds himself in a romantic relationship with the legendary pianist. Swaddled in wealth and excess, Scott and Liberace have a long affair, one that eventually Scott begins to find suffocating. Kept away from the outside world by the flashily effeminate yet deeply closeted Liberace, and submitting to extreme makeovers and even plastic surgery at the behest of his lover, Scott eventually rebels. When Liberace finds himself a new lover, Scott is tossed on the street. He then seeks legal redress for what he feels he has lost. But throughout, the bond between the young man and the star never completely tears. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Taglines:

"Too much of a good thing is wonderful"


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TV-MA | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 June 2013 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Liberace See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$23,000,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

The New York Times obituary for composer Marvin Hamlisch, who died on August 6, 2012, revealed that before Hamlisch's death, he had already completed the score for the film, which did not air until almost a year after his death. The film is dedicated to him. See more »

Goofs

Scott's foster parent house had Sanitas wall covering with the plaid and wheat pattern in the kitchen area which wasn't available until after 1983. See more »

Quotes

Liberace: [after Scott passes out at an adult video store] I'm not ready for apologies, OK?
Scott Thorson: Apology? Fuck you! You are a well known star! Are you out of your mind, going to a place like that? I mean, what if someone would have recognized you? What if they had gone to the press?
Liberace: When a London paper said I was gay, I took them to court, and I won that law suit. They retracted the story and they paid for it.
Scott Thorson: Only because they didn't have a witness seeing you with a room full of dildos, with your dick hanging...
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Connections

Referenced in Breakfast: Episode dated 29 December 2016 (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
Written by Ralph Blane and Hugh Martin
Performed by Johnny Mathis
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Unexpectedly great performances!
26 May 2013 | by Jed from TorontoSee all my reviews

I decided to watch this film on HBO because I thought it would be a hoot - one of those catastrophic and pretentious productions which are so laughable. Within 20 minutes I realized that the film was rather important. Michael Douglas captures the late Liberace's mannerisms and voice with astonishing ease. He is quite stellar in his performance, and I see him now in a new light. Matt Damon is excellent as Scott, his protégé. The personages involved are deeply complex, even if one is only familiar with the contemporary "National Enquirer" reports one realizes their is something one can not quite understand about "Lee & Scott's" relationship. Douglas and Damon are brilliant in delving into these characters. They are unrecognizable, at times, from the familiar roles we all know of them. I think the film well worth watching. As a bonus, Matt Damon shows his bum on several occasions, for those who are interested; if not, one cannot help but be interested in the wonderful performances from two of Hollywood's great stars! A courageous undertaking well done indeed!!!


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