Torch Song Trilogy

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Overview

Harvey Fierstein's poignant and affecting Broadway play is adapted for the screen with a stellar cast in this release from New Line Home Entertainment. Presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen, the transfer preserves the feature's original widescreen aspect ratio while offering choice of either closed-captioned English Dolby Digital 5.1 or DTS audio. An alternate Dolby Digital Surround audio track is also included, as are optional English and Spanish subtitles. Extra features include a commentary track by ...
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Overview

Harvey Fierstein's poignant and affecting Broadway play is adapted for the screen with a stellar cast in this release from New Line Home Entertainment. Presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen, the transfer preserves the feature's original widescreen aspect ratio while offering choice of either closed-captioned English Dolby Digital 5.1 or DTS audio. An alternate Dolby Digital Surround audio track is also included, as are optional English and Spanish subtitles. Extra features include a commentary track by Feirstein himself as well as a trailer for the feature.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; [None specified]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/4/2004
  • UPC: 794043494727
  • Original Release: 1988
  • Rating:

  • Source: New Line Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / DTS
  • Sound: DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English
  • Time: 2:01:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 6,809

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Anne Bancroft Ma
Matthew Broderick Alan
Harvey Fierstein Arnold Beckoff
Brian Kerwin Ed
Karen Young Laurel
Eddie Castrodad David
Chuck Pierce Bertha Venation
Ken Page Murray
Axel Vera Marina Del Rey
John Beckman 1st Cab Driver
Catherine Blue Teacher
Tracy Bogart Secretary at School
Michael Bond Bar Patron
John Branagan Teacher
Mitch David Carter Heckler in Club
Alva Chinn Photographer
Kim Clark Female Bar Patron
Frits de Knegt 2nd Cab Driver
Byron Deen Roz
Naill Gartlan Boy in Fight
Gregory Gilbert Hustler
Lorry Goldman Phil Beckoff
Geoffrey Harding Man with Lighter
Ted Hook Old Man
Paul Joynt Heckler in Club
Harriet C. Leider Maitre d'
Peter MacKenzie Young Man
Bob Minor Gregory
Nick Montgomery Chorus Boy
Robert Neary Chorus boy
Peter Nevargic Young Man
John Norman Basher
Stephanie Penn Female Bar Patron
Benji Schulman Young Arnold
Phil Sky Man in Back Room
Edgar Small Arnold's father
Rabbi Elliott T. Spar Rabbi
Michael Warga Bartender
Mark Zeisler Basher
Technical Credits
Paul Bogart Director
Harold Arien Songwriter
Colleen Atwood Costumes/Costume Designer
Peter Bogart Asst. Director
Marie Cantin Associate Producer, Production Manager
Steven Cohen Songwriter
Marcie Dale Art Director
Alexis Dubin Songwriter
Frank Eyton Songwriter
Harvey Fierstein Executive Producer, Screenwriter
Ronald K. Fierstein Producer
Howard Gottfried Producer
Charlie Haden Songwriter
Bob Haggart Songwriter
Edward Heyman Songwriter
Richard Hoover Production Designer
Paul James Songwriter
Gail Levin Casting
Todd Liebler Camera Operator
Lauren Lloyd Casting
Dennis Maguire Asst. Director
Marlene Marta Set Decoration/Design
Ray Massara Special Effects
Peter Matz Score Composer, Musical Arrangement
Steve Nelson Sound/Sound Designer
Michael Okowita Art Director
Joseph Renard Songwriter
Christa Reusch Makeup
Scott Salmon Choreography
Mikael Salomon Cinematographer
Nicholas C. Smith Editor
Robert Sour Songwriter
Kay Swift Songwriter
Michael Warga Set Decoration/Design
Harry Warren Songwriter
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Arnold in the Closet [2:04]
2. Young and/or Beautiful [5:06]
3. Main Titles/Dames [5:20]
4. Ed, the Sagittarius [6:39]
5. A Fresh Scrubbed Morning [2:14]
6. Romantic Rural Livin' [2:34]
7. The Wrong Birthday Guest [7:40]
8. "I'm Not Mad, I'm Jealous" [2:34]
9. What Do Men Want? [6:54]
10. Love for Sale, but No Manners [4:47]
11. A Perfect Gentleman [3:18]
12. Svelte [3:15]
13. Young and in Love in New York [3:00]
14. With Love, From Ellen... Alan! [1:21]
15. Death or Florida [2:20]
16. As Civilized As It Gets [3:27]
17. Meet the Competition [2:41]
18. Having Words [3:23]
19. "Marry Me!" [2:09]
20. Their First Last Night [1:33]
21. "Don't Call Me Ma" [5:57]
22. Things She Didn't Know [7:37]
23. Comparitive Grief [5:15]
24. Respect or Nothing [5:29]
25. No More Fooling Around [7:05]
26. An Armful of Love and Pain [2:57]
27. End Credits [8:21]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Movie
   Select a Scene
   Set up Options
      5.1 Surround Sound
      DTS Surround Sound
      Stereo Surround Sound
      English Subtitles: On
      English Subtitles: Off
      Spanish Subtitles: On
      Spanish Subtitles: Off
   Special Features
      Commentary by Harvey Fierstein
      Torch Song Trilogy Theatrical Trailer
      More From New Line
   DVD-ROM/Online Features
   New Line Logo
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted November 22, 2011

    Absolutely a lifetime favorite!

    This movie is an absolute classic that is a "must have" for everyone.
    The story line is wonderful and tells a beautiful story of one man's quest for self-actualization, romance, true love, parenting and happiness.
    Weaved with biting humor, tragedy to bring you to tears... this is truly a movie about all those "Torch Songs" that we've all heard and sung.
    Brought to life by that wonderful Humorist & Actor - Harvey Fierstein - this movie is a treasure that everyone can love and enjoy!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Watch it. Then watch it again.

    When I first saw Torch Song Trilogy, I had only seen a few movies that included gay characters, and most of those showed gays in both a limited and a negative role. Certainly, none of them came close to exploring how I felt as a gay man. This movie changed that. I watched with amazement at how much Harvey Fierstein¿s character matched my life and expressed how I felt. Actually, I wasn¿t a gravel-voiced, Jewish drag queen who sang torch songs, but Harvey¿s outlandish character experienced the same need for love and acceptance that other gays experience. In fact, he even manages to capture the universal desire for all people to know love of every kind. Fierstein adapted the screenplay from his Tony-winning drama of the same title, bringing it to the big screen in 1988. Though parts of it might seem dated, the struggles of his character (Arnold) continue to epitomize the struggles of gays and lesbians everywhere. Of course, Fierstein gets helps from great co-stars like Anne Bancroft (as Arnold¿s mother), Brian Kerwin (as Arnold¿s lover at the beginning of the movie), and Matthew Broderick (as the new man that Arnold slowly learns to trust). Despite seeing this movie countless times, I still feel empathy for Arnold in his struggles. I also still feel ambivalence toward the way he treats his mother; despite her flaws, I think she really wants to understand and love unconditionally. Overall, I can¿t think of many gay movies that I suggest as readily or as often as Torch Song Trilogy. Watch it. Then watch it again. I certainly will.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2003

    Great movies vs. Bad movies

    Have you ever noticed the garbage that has been converted to DVD? Some of these movies are awful! But there's a great film - one of my dearest favorites - Torch Song Trilogy. This film touches on so many levels and is brilliantly written and acted; a play way before it was a film. WHY IS THIS FILM NOT ON DVD?!?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2003

    Want in DVD-version

    Im in search for the excellent movie: Torch Song Trilogy, but I needed in DVD format x with the way I can send it to Europe, to my friends in Spain, please can you help me, I will pay you any thing, can you make me one copy for me x with the way the can be watch in my lover house in Spain? Please, help. Thanks, Louigghy@aol.com

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2001

    Excellent portrayal of gay life from a club perspective.

    When I first saw this movie I thought ''finally...a fairly honest representation of a particular facit gay life, from a rather unique perspective''. DJ'ing 6 nights a week, in a similar gay bar for the past 6 years, I've had the opportunity to interact with many female impersonators both professionaly and personally. This movie is bang on. Well scripted, acted and shot. I've seen it now at least 25 times and if I could find my original VHS copy, I'd still be watching it. Can you spell ''drama queen''. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll love it. This highly entertaining movie should be in everybody's collection. Regardless of who you sleep with. It would be wonderful on DVD. hint hint.

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    Posted June 29, 2010

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