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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.

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

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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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Originally announced in 2008, filming on the project had to be delayed when Michael Douglas began treatment for stage IV throat cancer in 2010. 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 »

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Liberace: I want to be everything to you, Scott. I want to be father, brother, lover, best friend.
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Referenced in The Chase Australia: Episode #1.11 (2015) See more »

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Kitten on the Keys
Written by Zez Confrey (as Edward Zez Confrey)
Piano Performed by Liberace
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Damon and Douglas are superbly good
13 June 2013 | by (England) – See all my reviews

For a film about a gay relationship - I had my doubts when I discovered the two male leads were to be played by straight men, but I couldn't be more convinced by their on-screen personas.

The kitch was eye-wateringly OTT, Douglas superbly needy yet controlling and Damon sucked into the whole charade. Rob Lowe's performance had me recoiling with his creepiness/plastic surgery face and it couldn't be farther from his more mainstream performances. For a role that appeared for only a few minutes - it stuck with me long after the film was over.

All in all, a very solid biopic film that unfortunately won't be Oscared as its been shown as TV movie in the USA. A great shame - Douglas and Damon deserve nominations - their *chemistry* is totally believable.

Final point - either Douglas is a superb pianist or the CGI of his hands on the keyboard is first rate!


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