Hedwig and The Angry Inch

Hedwig and The Angry Inch

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Adapted from the hit off-Broadway musical of the same name, Hedwig and the Angry Inch is the tale of an "internationally ignored" rock & roll singer who hails from Communist Berlin and who dreams of becoming an American sensation. Hedwig (John Cameron Mitchell), born a boy named Hansel, is raised by a single mother (Alberta Watson) who wishes to see her son do better than his poverty-stricken family. Some years later, Hansel is attracted to a good-looking American G.I., who promises a better life overseas for young Hansel, under one condition: that he undergo a sex-change operation to become a fully functional female whom he can then marry. The operation is seriously botched, leaving the now-renamed Hedwig with an "angry inch" only to be stranded in a dingy Kansas trailer park on the day the Berlin Wall comes tumbling down. Hedwig then supports herself through a series of ill-fated lounge gigs and side jobs, meeting up with 16-year-old Tommy Gnosis (Michael Pitt), a religious type who befriends her and later steals her songs and becomes the rock star Hedwig always dreamed of being. Undeterred, Hedwig continues to perform in the shadow of Tommy's sold-out stadium tour, attempting to make herself whole in spirit, if not physically. The film features several songs by composer Stephen Trask, who also appears as a member of Hedwig's disinterested rock band; Miriam Shor portrays Hedwig's newfound love and backup singer.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/11/2001
UPC: 0794043540035
Original Release: 2001
Rating: R
Source: New Line Home Video

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Cameron Mitchell Hedwig/Hansel
Miriam Shor Yitzhak
Stephen Trask Skszp
Theodore Liscinski Jacek
Andrea Martin Phyllis Stein
Michael Pitt Tommy Gnosis
Rob Campbell Krzysztof
Michael Aronov Schlatco
Alberta Watson Hansel's Mom
Maurice Dean Wint Luther
Michael Stevens HedHead

Technical Credits
John Cameron Mitchell Director,Screenwriter
Michael De Luca Executive Producer
Frank G. de Marco Cinematographer
Therese DePrez Production Designer
Amy Henkels Executive Producer
Emily Hubley Animator
Pamela Koffler Producer
Andrew Marcus Editor
Jerry Mitchell Choreography
Nancy Pankiw Art Director
Arianne Phillips Costumes/Costume Designer
Mike Potter Makeup
Katie Roumel Producer
Susan Shopmaker Casting
Patrick Tidy Asst. Director
Stephen Trask Score Composer
Mark Tusk Executive Producer
Paul Urmson Sound/Sound Designer
Christine Vachon Producer

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Hedwig and The Angry Inch 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hedwig is a must see movie; The music, the imagery, and the story all come together in in a remarkable way, making it truly a profound experience. It is rare for a movie to be able to capture the feel of live theatre like Hedwig did. I LOVED IT!!!!!
JimBJr More than 1 year ago
Highly entertaining. The movie is wacky from the start and just gets more wacky and fun by the minute. Brilliant writing and acting (thank you JCM) with songs that would be lame anywhere else, but surrounded by this movie, are fabulous. One of the most entertaining movies I've ever seen.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have seen Hedwig twice at the movie theater and enjoyed it immensely. Trying to describe it to friends, I found I could only laugh and say, ''It is the product of a truly unique artistic vision!'' It literally swings from punk to pop, plunging into the depths of lost love and lost identity, and yet it is always funny, fascinating, and intimate. John Cameron Mitchell's portrayal of Hedwig is wonderful, and the songs by Steven Trask show an impressive range. If you're willing to go for a very unusual ride, buy this movie. I plan to watch it again and again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although the story is a little bit ''sick'' and,lets face it, rock-singing, Eastern-German transvestites that tour all America for fame is a story board that makes all of us heterosexuals a bit worried but yet...intrested. What I loved in this film is its music. Strong, pure, nostalgic, classic, grunge, hard and hot steamy Rock that shakes my world(along with my appartment). discover the wonderful ''Midnight Radio'', the up-tempo ''Wig on the self'' and the incredible ''Origin of Love''(the melodic Platos' myth) and you will remember me. If you like David Bowie, Iggy Pop, Lou Reed, Kiss, Tommy Glitter e.t.c. you will live and breath for this pure GLAM-ROCK movie...
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hedwig and the Angry Inch is an amazing movie. Not only is the soundtrack amazing( I feel good everytime I hear ''Wig in a Box''), and John Cameron Mitchell wonderful and adorable as Hedwig, but just the whole movie and theme is awesome. The fact that he doesnt know who he is and is looking for his other half, is something we can all relate to.
Karl_in_Coatesville More than 1 year ago
...and sit back and enoy the ride. It's not the most comfortable experience for people with any issue about sex or sexuality, but if you can put your discomfort aside (it's not about you!) and take in the story it's the ultimate example of making lemonade when life hands you lemons. And the sound track - though I'm not a heavey rocker - was beautifully written and performed. May also want to look into Shortbus (which is a Mitchell project); not as clear a story, but definitely very interesting.
Guest More than 1 year ago
With a lot of funny moments and an underlying serious theme of the nature of love, this movie can be interpreted on various levels. The music is a vital part of the movie and is how much of the story is told, so it stands alone and is absolutely wonderful itself. This movie is a great combination of plot, music, and FUN!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Quite a totally unexpected surprise. This film was worth every minute, and did not disappoint. Definitely an underappreciated classic that I feel will never get the credit or viewing it quite deserves. If you're looking for great music and an amazing journey Hedwig will take you there!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this movie was much more than it appeared. There were many hidden themes in it, all good ones. I believe this movie is very deep, and can truly become larger than life. I watch it very often. Each time, I catch something I didn't before and grow to love it more. It also has a fabulous soundtrack.
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