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.
It takes a lot of guts and a helluva sense of humor to live life in Arnold's shoes.
Did You Know?
According to the book "It's a Hit!: The Back Stage Book of Longest-Running Broadway Shows: 1884 to the Present" by David Sheward, the film's source stage production's original Broadway season was "one of the longest runs for a non-musical in the '80s". See more
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
Do you EVER think before you speak?
No. Why? Do you?
Frequently. It helps to pass the time while you're speaking.
References The Birth of a Nation
Body and Soul
Music by Johnny Green
Lyrics by Edward Heyman
, Robert Sour
and Frank Eyton
Performed by the Charlie Haden
Also Performed by Benny Goodman and His Orchestra See more