Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001)

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Hansel Schmidt, is a young East German boy, born and raised during the Cold War in communist East Berlin. In his 20s, he meets Luther Robinson, an older American soldier, who falls in love with Hansel and the two decide to marry, which will allow Hansel to leave communist East Germany for the West. But, in order to marry, Hansel must undergo a sex-change. However, the procedure does not go perfectly and Hansel becomes not a trans woman, but a 'genderqueer', Hedwig. Back in the USA, on their first wedding anniversary, Luther leaves Hedwig for another man. On that same day the news headlines were of the fall of the Berlin Wall and freedom. Hedwig tours the US with her rock band and relates her life story while following her ex-boyfriend/band-mate Tommy Speck (to whom she gives the stage name "Tommy Gnosis"), who stole her songs and rose to fame.

Rotten Tomatoes: Certified Fresh 92% / Audience 93%

Rated R,  1 hr 31 mins

GENRES
Comedy • Drama • Music
DIRECTION
John Cameron Mitchell
CAST
John Cameron Mitchell  •  Alberta Watson  •  Michael Aronov  •  Andrea Martin

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CAST & CHARACTERS
John Cameron Mitchell Hedwig
Alberta Watson Hansel's Mom
Michael Aronov Schlatko
Andrea Martin Phyllis Stein
Gene Pyrz Hansel's Dad
Ben Mayer-Goodman Hansel - 6 Years Old
Miriam Shor Yitzhak
Stephen Trask Skszp
Theodore Liscinski Jacek
Rob Campbell Krzysztof
Michael Pitt Tommy Gnosis
Maurice Dean Wint Sgt. Luther