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Hedwig and the Angry Inch

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Original title
Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Running time
94 min.
United States United States
John Cameron Mitchell (Play: John Cameron Mitchell)
Stephen Trask
Frank G. DeMarco
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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.
2001: Sundance: Audience Award and Best Director
2001: Golden Globes: Nominated Best Actor in Comedy or Musical (John Cameron Mitchell)
2001: Gijon Film Festival: Best Actor (John Cameron Mitchell)
2001: Los Angeles Film Critics Association: New Generation Award. 2 Nominations
2001: Independent Spirit Awards: 5 Nominations including Best Film & Best Director
2001: British Independent Film Awards (BIFA): Nom. Best Int. Ind. Film – English Lan.
2001: Chicago Film Critics Awards: Nominated for Best Actor (Cameron Mitchell)
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