Liberace: Behind the Music

Liberace: Behind the Music

Director: David Greene

Cast: David Greene, Victor Garber, Maureen Stapleton, Saul Rubinek

     
 

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This was the "unofficial" Liberace biopic, as opposed to the error-ridden "official" Liberace (telecast one week earlier in October of 1988). The star of Liberace: Behind the Music is Broadway actor Victor Garber, who later scored a personal triumph as the devilish Mr. Applegate in the revival of Damn Yankees. Behind the Music is an unauthorizedSee more details below

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This was the "unofficial" Liberace biopic, as opposed to the error-ridden "official" Liberace (telecast one week earlier in October of 1988). The star of Liberace: Behind the Music is Broadway actor Victor Garber, who later scored a personal triumph as the devilish Mr. Applegate in the revival of Damn Yankees. Behind the Music is an unauthorized TV movie based on the recollections of the pianist's business manager, giving scriptwriter Gavin Lambert far more leeway in delineating the title character, warts and all. The closing sequences delve much deeper into the AIDS question than was possible in the family-approved Liberace starring Andrew Robinson (who, to be fair, looks more like the real entertainer than does Victor Garber). Liberace: Behind the Music could have descended into tabloidism ("Behind the rumors and the secrets" read the advertising copy), but emerges as a work of conspicuous dignity and (reasonably) good taste.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/13/2005
UPC:
0844628090780
Original Release:
1988
Rating:
NR
Source:
Tango Entertainment

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Victor Garber Liberace
Maureen Stapleton Frances Liberace
Saul Rubinek Seymour Heller
Michael Dolan Scott Thorsen
Michael Wikes George Liberace
George Touliatos Actor
Macha Grenon Joanne
Kenneth Welsh Actor
Dianne Heatherington Actor
Paul Hipp Actor
Frances Hyland Actor
Joan Heney Serious Lady
Andrew Nichols Teenager
Shirley Merovitz Lola
Gayle Garfinkle Woman #1
Daniel Nalbach Client #1
Richard Zeman Cop
Philip Pretten T.V. Director
Linda Smith Jane
Pat Crawford Brown Nancy
Philip Spensley Dr. Taylor
Susan Almgren White Nursing Sister
Michelle Sweeney Nurse #1
Shaun Levy Glenn
Jane Stapleton Actor

Technical Credits
David Greene Director
Ben Edwards Production Designer
Jane Greenwood Costumes/Costume Designer
Hagood Hardy Score Composer
Gavin Lambert Screenwriter
Murray Shostak Producer
René Verzier Cinematographer

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