Torch Song Trilogy [DVD] [1988]

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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  • Closed Captioned


Torch Song Trilogy
Harvey Fierstein's Pulitzer Prize-winning Broadway hit was adapted for the screen by Fierstein himself. The playwright also repeats his stage role of female impersonator Arnold Beckoff, aka nightclub entertainer "Virginia Hamm." The three-part plotline, whittled down to accommodate the film's 117-minute running time, concerns Arnold's seriocomic efforts to find a lasting relationship. We first meet Arnold in 1971, when his heart is broken by his bisexual lover, Ed (Brian Kerwin). Next we find Arnold in 1973, enjoying short-lived happiness with his true love, Alan (Matthew Broderick). The final act takes place in 1980: Arnold, still grieving over Alan's sudden death and struggling to raise the young boy that the couple had adopted, has a long-anticipated showdown with his uncompromising mother, superbly played by Anne Bancroft. A witty film that is by turns touching and outrageous, Torch Song Trilogy works well despite its somewhat soft-pedaled approach to the material. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Anne Bancroft
    Anne Bancroft - Ma
  • Matthew Broderick
    Matthew Broderick - Alan
  • Harvey Fierstein
    Harvey Fierstein - Arnold Beckoff
  • Brian Kerwin
    Brian Kerwin - Ed
  • Karen Young
    Karen Young - Laurel

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