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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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John Cameron Mitchell (book), Stephen Trask (book) | 1 more credit »
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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:
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

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Comedy | Drama | Music | Musical

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

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

Gross USA:

$3,067,312

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,644,200
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The date that Hedwig and Tommy are arrested for the accident is shown on the arrest photo as 8-13-01, exactly 40 years after the Berlin wall was erected. 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

Tommy: What is that?
Hedwig: It's what I have to work with.
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Connections

Referenced in Be Kind Rewind (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Tear Me Down
(Tommy Gnosis version)
Written and Produced by Stephen Trask
Tommy Gnosis' Vocals by Stephen Trask
Performed by Stephen Trask, Bob Mould, Theodore Liscinski (as Ted Liscinski),
Perry James (as Perry L. James), Scott McCloud, Eli Janney, Alexis Fleisig and Johnny Temple
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A gem in the heap of garbage called "American film"
14 June 2003 | by sundog1See all my reviews

Without gushing, I think that this is the best film to come out of the US in several years. This is the type of movie which demands repeated viewing, and reveals itself a little each time. I'm surprised that the genius of this film didn't receive more accolades at the time, but I attribute that to the socially acceptable restraints of the mass culture.

Absolutely perfect production from top to bottom, makes you laugh out loud... then tears your heart out & puts it back in again. Multi layered & symbolic throughout.

Songwriting by Stephen Trask is sublime. But how the hell can a clown like Eminem get an Oscar & this guy was virtually ignored?! Sickening thought. Cameron Mitchell must have been born for this part... a brave & charismatic perf.

This movie achieves everything that "Velvet Goldmine" (yuck) could not... in a fraction of the time.

Anyway, anyone who's got a little freak in them will love this movie. And those who don't "get it" should be content watching the rest of American mass market trash cinema.


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