Hedwig and the AngryInch

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Hedwig and the AngryInch ★★★ 2000 (R)

Creatorstar Mitchell adapted and directed his Off Broadway stage rock musical along with composer-lyricist Trask (who's also in the film) and opened up his gender-bending ‘70s kitsch fantasy. Hedwig was once Hansel, an East Berlin boy, whose sexchange operation was botched and who was abandoned in a Kansas trailer park by her G.I. husband. Betrayed in love by teenaged boy toy Tommy (Pitt), who also steals Hedwig's songs, Hedwig and her band embark on a lowrent tour while Hedwig sings her life story to the disinterested and stalks a much-more successful Tommy. 95m/C VHS, DVD . US John Cameron Mitchell, Michael Pitt, Andrea Martin, Miriam Shor, Alberta Watson, Maurice Dean Wint, Rob Campbell, Stephen Trask, Theodore Liscinski, Michael Aranov; D: John Cameron Mitchell; W: John Cameron Mitchell; C: Frank DeMarco; M: Stephen Trask.