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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
15
Cast
John Cameron Mitchell
Miriam Shor
Michael Pitt
Anthony Martin.
Directors
John Cameron Mitchell.
Screenwriters
John Cameron Mitchell.
Running Time
91 minutes

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Hedwig and The Angry Inch
A diluted but nonetheless entertaining adaptation of the stage show.


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Plot
Hedwig is an Easy German who has a botched sex-change operation to be able to marry an Amerian GI. She finds herself stranded in a Kansas trailer park and ends up touring seafood restaurants with her rock band while, back home, the Wall is coming down. But those aren't the limit of her problems...


Review
Writer/director/star John Cameron Mitchell opens up his impressive stage show, which was basically a night club act-cum-monologue, into something like a narrative film, with an inevitable toning-down of the effect. Despite dodgy animated scenes, Hedwig remains an astonishing creation, and the good lines remain sharp - asked, with reference to I Will Always Love You if love really does last forever, she snaps, 'I don't know, but this song does.' It all holds together well enough to be fascinating despite it's wobbly bits - which is, in Hedwig's circumstance, somewhat ironic.


Verdict
Topping the one man/woman show was always going to be tough, and this can't honestly claim success in that respect, but it's still original and entertaining in its own right. Definitely recommended for those looking for something different.


Reviewed by Kim Newman

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An interesting film......you'd be hard pressed to find another like it.

John Cameron Mitchell’s ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’ is both, surreal and yet believable, deeply moving and uplifting. Cameron Mitchell has taken what initially appears to be a situation and a character that is fairly inaccessible to your everyday cinema-goer and yet has cast it in such a light that it is difficult to believe that anyone could not relate at some point to Hedwig and her situation or feelings. Thus, I can honestly say that to rate it any less than five stars would... More

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