Torch Song Trilogy (1988)
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An on-screen adaptation of the Tony- award-winning play about a Jewish homosexual who, except for a different sexual preference, goes through the same struggles of love, jealousy and self-doubt that affect us all.]]>
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I go way back with Torch Song. In the 1970's I saw, "International Stud" in the Village (I believe it was a theatre on Bleecker St.) I also remember seeing it as an entire triology off off Broadway when it was presented by the Glines (I seem to remember that the ticket cost $5 with a coupon, or was it 2-for $10 with coupon?)
Harvey Fierstien is to be applauded. We take for granted the more positive image we see of gays today (although apparently, we have progressed from the film images of where we kill ourselves, to the television images of where we are only acceptable if we are making straight people happy and so that they can marry each other, while we ourselves are not allowed to get married).
Torch Song represents hope, love, and pride.
A big plus on the DVD is the not to be missed commentary by Harvey.
Thank you Harvey for writing this. Thank you for being a pioneer. Gez ... where is this review going? Somewhere in the background a drag queen is beginning to sing the "Battle Hymn of the Republic!"
With excellent dialog, engaging personalities and superb acting, "Torch Song Trilogy" is a fantastic film, demonstrating not only the love that exists within gay couples, but also the very real difficulties that many gay men face in their daily lives, including the all-too-often difficulties with family members who cannot accept them for who they are. Harvey Fierstein's unique voice adds a special flare to his drag show performances, as well as to his arguments with his mother. Anne Bancroft's performance is superb and emotional. Matthew Broderick did a wonderful portraying Alan.Read more ›
In addition to Fierstein's brilliantly honest script and self-depreciating performance, the film also offers knock-out performances by Anne Bancroft as Fierstein's Jewish-Mother-From-Hell and Matthew Broderick as his much younger and somewhat unlikely lover; although not in the same league with these three, supporting players Brian Kerwin strikes the right note as Fierstein's tepidly bisexual ex-lover and Karen Young is quite good as Kerwin's understandably neurotic wife. Although the film script does depart from the stage script, it remains faithful in spirit, and the film as a whole is reasonably--although not outstandingly--served by director Paul Bogart.
The film abounds with quotable lines ("I'm the pretty one") that will keep you laughing, but although it concludes on a "hope for the future" note TORCH SONG TRILOGY is not all grins and giggles by a long shot: the dramatic underpinnings are deadly serious, and at least one or two scenes will leave most viewers as shocked, angered, and heart-broken as the characters it so vividly displays.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Harvey Firestine hits the mark on so many levels. And to think, 30 years later and the same crap is happening but in a much larger scale. RIP Pulse-OrlandoPublished 1 month ago by Mamma
I've always loved this movie and now I can watch it whenever I want.Published 2 months ago by JP Clark
This is a perennial favorite. I watch it maybe every 5 years and it remains undated and good. Hats off (always) to Matthew Broderick who, I think, took a bold step in playing the... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Edward F. Hudaverdi
This is a great film. Some parts are difficult to watch because of the brutality. I am curious why Harvey Feirstein is not credited on Amazon. He is the central character. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jack
Loved this movie in the 80's and hadn't thought about it until recently. Found it on Amazon, bought it and recieved it 2 days later. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Laura Deshler
Breaks my heart every time. Bought it to show it to my daughter, who had the reaction I expected. We are all humans and all deserve love, we are all members of a family whether... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Tati the Reader