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Heavy on fiction, LOW on production value but decent. Be sure to buy a low priced copy, video transfer is choppy.
on November 30, 2013
Like many on here I thought this was the other, far superior US made for TV movie that came out in the late 80. I had seen it and remembered the fictional "Miss Be Haven devirgin-izing scene" but transposed both as the same film. The acting here is decent and Candelabra HBO fans like myself will have to admit that seeing an actual teenage actor in the role of Scott Thosron, albeit with a very clunky script, is a bit of a game changer. As much as I loved Matt Damon's performance (and he does look much younger than his years) and find it superior, it did make me wonder what a 18 to 22 years old actor would have done with the part and how much more dramatic they would have looked as a couple. The production had very fake backdrops at one point and the studio lighting was mediocre. I wish that Liberace's final days had been dealt with more thoroughly and with more compassion. The worst was the ending where they mention AIDS and leave it like that with a cheap fast credit roll over a freeze frame. But Victor Garber was GREAT and Lee fans will still want to watch this. If anyone knows about the other Lee made for TV movie being available please let me know. This film has great 1950s dresses in it as an aside.