Hedwig and the Angry Inch
- Original title
Hedwig and the Angry Inch
- Running time
- 94 min.
- United States
John Cameron Mitchell
John Cameron Mitchell (Play: John Cameron Mitchell)
Frank G. DeMarco
John Cameron Mitchell,
Maurice Dean Wint
New Line Cinema / Killer Films
Musical. Drama | Independent Film (US). Transgender. Music
- Synopsis / Plot
- Hedwig (played by John Cameron 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 Hedwigs 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.
: Sundance: Audience Award and Best Director
: Golden Globes: Nominated Best Actor in Comedy or Musical (John Cameron Mitchell)
2001: Gijon Film Festival: Best Actor (John Cameron Mitchell)
: Los Angeles Film Critics Association: New Generation Award
: Independent Spirit Awards: 5 Nominations including Best Film & Best Director
: British Independent Film Awards (BIFA): Nom. Best Int. Ind. Film – English Lan.
2001: Chicago Film Critics Awards: 2 Nom., including Best Actor (Cameron Mitchell)
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