Torch Song Trilogy


Torch Song Trilogy

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Urban comedy-drama spanning nine years in the life of a gay man in New York, centering around the loves in his life, his stormy relationship with his mother, and his hopes to adopt a son.


Harvey Fierstein
as Arnold, Arnold Beckoff
Chuck Pierce
as Bertha Venation
Ken Page
as Murray
Charles Pierce
as Bertha Venation
Axel Vera
as Marina Del Rey
Benji Schulman
as Young Arnold
Geoffrey Harding
as Man with Lighter
Michael Bond
as Bar Patron
Michael Warga
as Bartender
Phil Sky
as Man in Back Room
Lorry Goldman
as Phil Beckoff
Edgar Small
as Arnold's father
Bob Minor
as Gregory
John Beckman
as Cab Driver #1
Alva Chinn
as Photographer
Ted Hook
as Old Man
Naill Gartlan
as Boy in Fight
Tracy Bogart
as Secretary at School
Frits de Knegt
as Cab Driver #2
Nick Montgomery
as Chorus Boy #1
Robert Neary
as Chorus Boy #2
Kim Clark
as Female Bar Patron #1
Stephanie Penn
as Female Bar Patron #2
Paul Joynt
as Club Heckler #1
Mitch Carter
as Club Heckler #2
John Norman
as Basher #1
Mark Zeisler
as Basher #2
Peter Mackenzie
as Young Man #1
Peter Nevargic
as Young Man #2
Catherine Blue
as Teacher #1
John Branagan
as Teacher #2
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Critic Reviews for Torch Song Trilogy

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Audience Reviews for Torch Song Trilogy

  • Sep 18, 2015
    A New York drag queen's relationships are disrupted by prejudice, violence, and AIDS. A tour de force performance from Harvey Fierstein propels this remarkably written and acted film. Fierstein's talents as an actor are only matched by his intelligent, insightful, and inspiring screenplay. The conflicts must have felt so fresh and timely in 1988, but it's a compliment to Fierstein's writing that they feel just as important now. Anne Bancroft's performance as Fierstein's character's mother is also very strong. She's not a horrible mother, just a flawed, human, 1980s mother, and her final scene with Fierstein is an acting master class. Overall, Fierstein is a great talent, and it's a shame there isn't more of him to see.
    Jim H Super Reviewer
  • Aug 31, 2015
    A drag queen must deal with his fiery mother, tragic relationships and his adopted son. It's got some nice acting and a well written script but I was not sure if the casting was correct. Fierstein has a crazily husky voice though.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Jun 24, 2011
    Everyone deserves to be loved, right? Even if they're gay? Even from they're mother? This work examines just those questions, the humanity, say, beyond the stereotype and more, the humanity within the stereotype.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Dec 07, 2010
    A solid and well-written gay dramedy. Anne Bancroft s wonderful.
    Sunil J Super Reviewer

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