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Year
2001
Runtime
95 min.
Director
John Cameron Mitchell
Genres
Drama, Comedy, Music
Rating *
7.8
Votes *
25,265
Checks
4,664
Favs
564
Dislikes
35
Favs/checks
12.1% (1:8)
Favs/dislikes
16:1
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  1. Dorothy Valens's avatar

    Dorothy Valens

    This film has some of the best music, I'm not a fan of musicals, however this one is greatly tolerable. 8 years 7 months ago
  2. Siskoid's avatar

    Siskoid

    Hedwig and the Angry Inch is an amazing musical about identity, how it is created, copied, rejected and embraced. On the surface of it, it's the story of a transgender rock star from East Berlin tracking her former lover who has stolen all her songs, and it's told mostly in a series of performances and monologues (which lead into flashbacks). But the very entertaining surface, full of crazy glampunk, dry humor and fun songs, is only one of many levels the film has to offer. Its flirtation with androgyny is obviously inspired by the rejection of traditional gender in everything from Rocky Horror to David Bowie to Queen to Poison, and suggests that rebellion is as essential as anything in rock and roll. Imagery pulled from both the Bible and Greek Myth intimates that we are all partly male and partly female, which eliminates the need to label it. Hedwig and her paramour Tommy Gnosis are but two halves of the same soul, a statement that may make sense of the odd ending, but then, the gender theme (and that of Berlin and its wall) can also be used as a symbol for wholeness, or un-wholeness, so long as we feel we need another person to feel complete. With its comical songs and energetic numbers, you wouldn't expect this to be such a thinker, but it most definitely is. 7 months 1 week ago
  3. Princess_Of_Snails's avatar

    Princess_Of_Snails

    Absolutely fantastic! I really enjoyed this one. The music and story were just great! 4 years 4 months ago
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  1. This movie ranks #24 in Musical
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  2. This movie ranks #35 in Music
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  3. This movie ranks #44 in BFI Flare's Best LGBT Films of All Time
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  4. This movie ranks #87 in The New Cult Canon
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  5. This movie ranks #107 in 366 Weird Movies (Certified Weird)
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  6. This movie ranks #143 in Badmovies.org Best B-Movies
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  7. This movie ranks #403 in The Guardian's 1000 Films to See Before You Die
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  8. This movie ranks #446 in The 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films
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