Torch Song Trilogy

1988

Torch Song Trilogy

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72%

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Reviews Counted: 18

91%
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91%
Average Rating: 4/5

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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.

Cast

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

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 Hunter
Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

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. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

This is a great gay 101 movie -- very sad about Matthew -- Anne Bancroft was brilliant as usual --

Tom Ericksen
Tom Ericksen

Super Reviewer

½

A classic gay movie. Harvey Fierstein and Matthew Broderick are supreme in this! I could've done without the tragic events.

Lafe Fredbjornson
Lafe Fredbjornson

Super Reviewer

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