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Torch Song Trilogy (1988)

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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 ... See full summary »

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Paul Bogart

Writers:

Harvey Fierstein (play), Harvey Fierstein (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anne Bancroft ... Ma Beckoff
Matthew Broderick ... Alan Simon
Harvey Fierstein ... Arnold Beckoff
Brian Kerwin ... Ed Reese
Karen Young ... Laurel
Eddie Castrodad Eddie Castrodad ... David
Ken Page ... Murray
Charles Pierce Charles Pierce ... Bertha Venation
Axel Vera Axel Vera ... Marina Del Rey
Benji Schulman Benji Schulman ... Young Arnold Beckoff
Nick Montgomery Nick Montgomery ... Chorus Boy #1
Robert Neary ... Chorus Boy #2
Kim Clark Kim Clark ... Female Bar Patron #1
Stephanie Penn Stephanie Penn ... Female Bar Patron #2
Geoffrey Harding Geoffrey Harding ... Man with Lighter
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Storyline

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.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Hebrew

Release Date:

14 December 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Arnold See more »

Filming Locations:

Denville, New Jersey, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$70,022, 18 December 1988

Gross USA:

$4,865,997

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,870,903
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The names of the three acts or segments in the film's source "Torch Song Trilogy" (1982) stage-play are titled "International Stud", "Fugue in a Nursery", and "Widows and Children First!". See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Ma: You want meaningful conversation? Do what I do, talk to yourself. It's the only way.
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References Beauty on Parade (1950) See more »

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Svelte
Written by Joseph Renard and Steve Cohen
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Powerful, Touching, Emotional, A Must See
10 March 1999 | by Chris C.-3See all my reviews

Harvey Fierstein, Anne Bancroft, Matthew Broderick and Brian Kerwin combine in a bitter-sweet comedy-drama set in the 1970's, concluding in 1980. The "Trilogy" is a collection of 3 specific pieces blended together telling the saga of Arnold Beckoff (Fierstein). The story revolves around love, relationships and family - something everyone can relate to. It was a movie before its time when it premiered in 1988. It is straight-forward and to the point. It will make you laugh and cry and understand the true meaning of love and respect. Harvey Fierstein & Anne Bancroft (Arnold's Mother) are outstanding in their roles! A must see for anyone trying to understand the complexity of love, with themselves, significant others and their family. A well-done adaption to the screen from theatre. Add this video to your collection! "I love you...enough."


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