|This is the story of hedwig, an ambitious glam-rocker who comes to america determined to find fame, fortune and his other half.|
"Not to be missed. Hedwig is hysterically funny! Edward Jay Epstein, The Wall Street Journal
"Fascinating! Roger Ebert, Ebert & Roeper At The Movies
"Better than Rocky Horror Picture Show. So deliriously entertaining that you feel like the movie musical has finally been reinvented! Eleanor Ringel Gillespie, Atlanta Journal Constitution
Editor's NoteJohn Cameron Mitchell is the creator of the off-Broadway hit HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH, which he and composer-lyricist Stephen Trask have transformed into a funny, dramatic, and curiously poignant self-described "post-punk neo-glam musical" film, with extra songs and a new instrumental score. Hedwig (played by Mitchell) was born as Hansel in East Berlin. In his twenties, Hansel agrees to undergo a sex change in order to marry a U.S. soldier (Maurice Dean Wint) and escape to America. Unfortunately, the procedure fails, and Hedwig is left with nothing but a sexless "angry inch" between her legs. After being abandoned in a Kansas trailer park by her husband, Hedwig decides to make the most of her situation: She develops a taste for outrageous wigs and costumes, forms a band, and becomes a singer. Hedwig soon meets and falls in love with 17-year-old Tommy (Michael Pitt), who also harbors rock star aspirations, and makes him her musical protégé. But Tommy is the one who ends up stealing the superstardom that Hedwig worked for, after stealing Hedwig's songs and claiming them as his own. In order to expose him as a fraud, she embarks on a tour of strip mall restaurants, telling her story to the audience while trailing Tommy on his own tour across America.
Cast & Crew
|John Cameron Mitchell|
|Stephen Trask - Based On Play By|
|John Cameron Mitchell - Based On Play By|
|John Cameron Mitchell - Director|
|Frank G. DeMarco - Director of Photography|
|Stephen Trask - Musical Score|
|Colin Brunton, et al. - Producer|
|John Cameron Mitchell - Screenplay|
Sundance Film Festival (2001)
|John Cameron Mitchell, Winner, Audience Award|
|John Cameron Mitchell, Winner, Director's Award|
|John Cameron Mitchell, Nominee, Grand Jury Prize|
Customer Reviews of Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Hysterically funny, compelling and an extremely im12/4/2003
I bought this DVD at Heathrow airport for the cover only - it was in the discount bin and the cover was a bit wild. I had never heard of nor knew anything about the play. I watched the movie the first time and sat there thinking, "what in the heck did I just see"? So I watched it again. And again. And again. You can enjoy this movie on many levels - whether it is the pure entertainment of the story (which is quite funny on the surface), the compelling nature of the acting, or the excellent music. Deep down though, you realize that we ALL have our "Wicked Little Towns" that we need to get out of, or relationships in which we were used for that period of time in a partners life who moved on and only in retrospect do you see that you got something out of it, too. The movie is most profound for pointing out the problems in defining someone's gender, and how utterly important it is for society and absolutely irrelevant for individuals. Buy this DVD. Enjoy it. Think about it. You'll remember these characters and the music forever.
Hedwig Is a Sensation!2/5/2002
With a stunning combination of potent musical performances and a clever script, this witty, tragic, poignant film captivates it's audience and changes the world. Grippingly powerful, blazingly symbolic, and heart-warmingly comical, Hedwig teaches us all something about fame and love and self-discovery. The soundtrack is a phenomenal success, and visually this movie is a treat as well. This movie will make you question your world, it will break your heart, and it will make the gender line just a little bit blurrier. It is a cinematic triumph and an absolute must see!