Editors' pick

Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Hedwig and the Angry Inch movie poster
MPAA rating: R
Genre: Drama
"The story is told so passionately that it demands as much of you as it does of its performers." -- Stephen Hunter, Style. "The film's not only funny and weird, it's oddly poignant." -- Desson Howe, Weekend.
Starring: John Cameron Mitchell, Alberta Watson, Miriam Shor, Michael Pitt, Stephen Trask
Director: John Cameron Mitchell
Running time: 1:35
Release: Opened Jan 19, 2001

Editorial Review

Hedwig was born a boy named Hansel in Communist East Berlin who dreamed of finding his other half and becoming a big American rock star. When a handsome American GI promises love and liberation, it seems like a dream come true. But there's a catch-in order to marry and emigrate Hansel must "leave a little something behind." Hedwig survives a botched sex change operation that leaves her with an "angry inch" only to be stranded in a Kansas trailer park the very day the Berlin Wall comes down. Undeterred, Hedwig dons immaculate makeup and a Farrah Fawcett wig and forms a rock band-The Angry Inch. While supporting herself with babysitting gigs, she falls for a 16-year-old Jesus freak she renames Tommy Gnosis. Tommy steals her songs and becomes the rock star Hedwig always dreamed she'd be. Refusing to be defeated, she fiercely performs in crumbling theme restaurants seeking recognition, retribution, and reconciliation with her other half.