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Behind the Candelabra (2013)

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Behind the Candelabra is a TV movie starring Michael Douglas, Matt Damon, and Scott Bakula. A chronicle of the tempestuous six year romance between megastar singer, Liberace, and his young lover, Scott Thorson.

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Won 2 Golden Globes. Another 41 wins & 48 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Scott Thorson
... Bob Black
... Lou
... Assistant Director
... Director
Tom Roach ... Stunt Actor
Shamus Cooley ... Camera Assistant
John Smutny ... Sound Mixer
... Rose Carracappa
... Joe Carracappa
... Liberace
... George Liberace
... Frances Liberace
... Dora Liberace
... Billy Leatherwood
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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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"Too much of a good thing is wonderful"


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7 June 2013 (UK)  »

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Liberace  »

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$23,000,000 (estimated)
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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

There was some concern during production about how Liberace's heavy cigarette smoking would be depicted, as Michael Douglas had vowed to quit the habit after being told his cancer was in remission in January 2011. See more »

Goofs

Liberace played the piano while tapping his right foot. The piano is normally played while engaging the pedals to enrich the music produced, so ignoring the pedals is something a pianist would not do. See more »

Quotes

Liberace: I have an eye for new and refreshing talent.
Scott Thorson: You have an eye for new and refreshing dick.
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Connections

Featured in The 65th Primetime Emmy Awards (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

The Liberace Boogie
Written by Liberace
Piano Performed by Randy Kerber
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Unexpectedly great performances!
26 May 2013 | by See 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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