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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
Comedy
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 V√≠deo
IMDB ID : 0096289
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poster for "Torch Song Trilogy" by Paul Bogart (1988)
Torch Song Trilogy (1988) - Paul Bogart
 

Starring

¬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
 

Plot

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.
 

Comments

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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