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Torch Song Trilogy (1988)

Tony Award-winning actor and playwright Harvey Fierstein re-creates his role as the unsinkable Arnold Beckoff in this film adaptation of the smash Broadway play TORCH SONG TRILOGY. A very ... See full summary »

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Tony Award-winning actor and playwright Harvey Fierstein re-creates his role as the unsinkable Arnold Beckoff in this film adaptation of the smash Broadway play TORCH SONG TRILOGY. A very personal story that is both funny and poignant, TORCH SONG TRILOGY chronicles a New Yorker's search for love, respect and tradition in a world that seems not especially made for him. From Arnold's hilarious steps toward domestic bliss with a reluctant school teacher, to his first truly promising love affair with a young fashion model, Arnold's greatest challenge remains his complicated relationship with his mother. But armed with a keenly developed sense of humor and oftentimes piercing wit, Arnold continues to test the commonly accepted terms of endearment--and endurance--in a universally affecting story that confirms that happiness is well worth carrying a torch for. Written by Michael Braem

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It takes a lot of guts and a helluva sense of humor to live life in Arnold's shoes.

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14 December 1988 (USA)  »

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$4,865,997 (USA)
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According to show-business trade paper 'Variety', the movie "originated as separately staged one-acts" with the full play "finally mounted as a unified work in 1982". See more »

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Arnold hires a car service to take him and Ma to the cemetery, and the car is seen waiting for them. But when Ma storms off and leaves in the car, it's not the same driver that brought them to the cemetery. See more »

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Alan: Why are all the mirrors covered?
Arnold: So we don't see the pain in our faces.
Alan: Why is everyone sitting on boxes?
Arnold: To make sure there's pain in our faces.
Ma: [in an undertone] You told me he was Jewish!
Arnold: Out-of-town Jewish.
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Referenced in Rescued from the Closet (2001) See more »

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'S Wonderful
Music by George Gershwin
Lyrics by Ira Gershwin
Performed by Joe Williams with Count Basie and His Orchestra
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Wonderfully deep
15 July 2002 | by (Cambridge, Vermont) – See all my reviews

This film is very deep and superbly acted. It requires a viewer with a heart, but once you got that working you will surely fall into this touching drama. What is most appealing about this film is its realism and the fact that scenes of heartfelt drama are followed by light hearted humour, leading one easily through this well designed


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