Torch Song Trilogy (1988)

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

Original Title : Torch Song Trilogy
Director : Paul Bogart
Writer : Harvey Fierstein
Harvey Fierstein
Genre : Drama
Country : USA
Language : English
Producer : Marie Cantin, Ronald K. Fierstein, Howard Gottfried
Photography : Mikael Salomon
Distributor : New Line Cinema, New Line Home Video, Kinokuniya, LK-TEL Vídeo
IMDB ID : 0096289
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Anne Bancroft Ma Beckoff
Matthew Broderick Alan Simon
Harvey Fierstein Arnold Beckoff
Brian Kerwin Ed Reese
Karen Young Laurel
Eddie Castrodad David
Ken Page Murray
Charles Pierce Bertha Venation
Axel Vera Marina Del Rey
Benji Schulman Young Arnold Beckoff
Nick Montgomery Chorus Boy
Robert Neary Chorus Boy
Kim Clark Female Bar Patron
Stephanie Penn Female Bar Patron
Geoffrey Harding Man with Lighter
Michael Bond Bar Patron
Michael Warga Bartender
Phil Sky Man in Back Room
Lorry Goldman Phil Beckoff
Edgar Small Jacob Beckoff
Harriet C. Leider Maitre D'
Paul Joynt Club Heckler
Mitch David Carter Club Heckler
Bob Minor Gregory
Byron Deen Roz
John Beckman Cab Driver
Elliott T. Spar Rabbi (as Rabbi Elliott T. Spar)
Alva Chinn Photographer
Gregory Gilbert Hustler
John Norman Basher
Mark Zeisler Basher
Peter Mackenzie Young Man
Peter Nevargic Young Man
Ted Hook Old Man
Niall Gartlan Boy in Fight
Catherine Blue Teacher
John Branagan Teacher
Tracy Bogart Secretary at School
Frits De Knegt Cab Driver


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.


EThe film version of Harvey Fierstein's own play TORCH SONG TRILOGY is an entertaining comedy which, though stretches credibility, remains a watchable motion picture for those who are comfortable watching films dealing with gays and gay issues. The movie is the story of a drag queen named Arnold and how he deals with life offstage through relationships with men and with his overbearing mother (the fabulous Anne Bancroft). As much as I admire Fierstein as a writer and performer, he seems to be suffering that Woody Allen syndrome where he has a rather distorted view of his own sexual attractiveness. Not to be cruel, but I found it hard to swallow that guys who looked like Brian Kerwin and Matthew Broderick would be attracted to a guy who looked like Harvey Fierstein, but if you can accept that, the film is imminently watchable with strong performances from Kerwin, Broderick, Bancroft, and Eddie Castrodad as David, a gay teen that Arnold adopts. Broderick played David in the original production of the play, but in the movie he plays Harvey's lover. An entertaining film with a unique story, a couple of disturbing messages, and some very good performances.
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