The funny and poignant story of an aging drag queen's hilarious attempts to find domestic bliss with everyone from a school teacher to a tolerant young male model. The greatest challenge for Arnold in this adaptation of Harvey Fierstein's Broadway play is his complicated relationship with his mother.
Paul Bogart - American TV/Film Director
Howard Gottfried - Producer/Executive
Harvey Fierstein - Playwright/Actor/Screenwriter
Matthew Broderick - American Actor, FERRIS BUELLER'S DAY OFF (1986)
Eddie Castrodad - Actor
Michael Bond - Actor, TORCH SONG TRILOGY (1988)
Brian Kerwin - Star, DEBATING ROBERT LEE (2004)
Lorry Goldman - Actor/"10"
Nicholas C. Smith - Editor
Mikael Salomon - Director of Photography, BACKDRAFT (1991)
Richard Hoover - Production designer
Karen Young - Star, FACTOTUM (2006)
Ken Page - Actor/Voice-Overs
Anne Bancroft - American actress, THE GRADUATE
Anna Maria Louise Italiano - American actress, THE GRADUATE
Anne Marno - American actress, THE GRADUATE
This film adaptation of Harvey Fierstein's Tony award-winning 1982 play follows ten years (1971-81) in the life of middle-aged homosexual Arnold Beckoff. The film opens as Arnold encounters Ed in a gay bar. Although Ed bluntly and immediately announces his bisexuality, Arnold can't help but feel betrayed when he later catches Ed with a woman. Arnold then falls hopelessly in love with a young, handsome ex-hustler named Alan. The two start a relationship strong enough to survive Alan's infidelity. But tragedy intervenes, destroying the couple's hope for happiness and leaving Arnold in despair. In the film's final segment, Arnold has become an adoptive father, a role that requires many adjustments in his life. In addition, he wants desperately to repair his relationship with his overbearing mother -- a task easier said than done.
Color by Metrocolor. Additional cast: Axel Vera (Marina Del Rey). Additional credits: Scott Salmon (choreography). Harvey Fierstein won a Tony Award for his portrayal of Arnold Beckoff. Matthew Broderick appeared in the stage version, in the role of the adoptive son.
"...[Fierstein] emerges as an enjoyably wise-cracking figure....Lively and amusing detail..." New York Times