Hedwig and the Angry Inch

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Hedwig and the Angry Inch may very well be the next Rocky Horror midnight movie. It not only knows how to rock, but Hedwig's story has an emotional poignancy.

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A German emigrant living in a trailer in Kansas is the victim of a botched sex-change operation. Adapted from the critically acclaimed off-Broadway rock theater hit, "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" tells the story of the "internationally ignored" rock singer, Hedwig, and her search for stardom and love.

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  • Jul 05, 2016
    I began viewing with very little expectation, the title card seemed quite flimsy and cheap. But I was completely blown away by how fantastic this film was. The story itself symbolized freedom of a refugee who escaped East Germany and came to America to start his own band. The musical numbers were quite catchy and well sung. The acting was perfect from Mitchell. Hedwig and the Angry Inch is the next cult movie after Rocky Horror Picture Show.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Apr 08, 2014
    This film isn't just some crazy glam rock tribute, in fact its a musical with serious emotional substance. Probably one of the few times where the significant changes to the source material contributed to the success of the film adaptation.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Nov 30, 2011
    A drag queen rock star escapes from East Berlin and pursues his ex-boyfriend who stole his songs. I found this film both bizarre and heartfelt. The subject matter lends itself to extremes in both filmmaking and performance, and writer/director/star John Cameron Mitchell commits so fully to these extremes that the film is often so hypnotic that one gets lost in the ride. By the same token, he doesn't deviate from a very human story about the search for love in the face of rejection and alienation. I did think, however, that some of the songs detracted from, rather than added to, the film's central story, with the main love song being the exception. Overall, if you have a choice of transvestite rock and roll films, and you're choosing between Hedwig and the Angry Inch and Breakfast on Pluto, choose Hedwig.
    Jim H Super Reviewer
  • Jan 24, 2011
    If more musicals were like this, then I could consider myself a fan of musicals. Great acting, great direction, great music. One of the most unique and entertaining movies I have seen in a while.
    Reid V Super Reviewer

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