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Director  David Greene
Music director  Hagood Hardy
Duration  
Country  Canada USA
6.6/10 IMDb

Genre  Biography, Drama, Music
Costume design  Jane Greenwood
Writer  Gavin Lambert
Language  English
Liberace: Behind the Music movie poster
Release date  United States October 9, 1988 (1988-10-09)
Cast  Victor Garber (Liberace), Maureen Stapleton, Saul Rubinek, Michael Dolan, Paul Hipp
Similar movies  Related David Greene movies

Liberace behind the music trailer 1988


Liberace: Behind the Music is a 1988 Kushner-Locke Company television production. It is an "unofficial" biopic drama on the life and death of Władziu Valentino Liberace, who went from a humble working-class background to become a famous American pianist and vocalist. Known as "Liberace", he became the highest paid entertainer in the world, while embracing a lifestyle of flamboyant excess. The film first aired less than two years after his death, in the United States, as a CBS Sunday Movie.

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Liberace behind the music movie trailer


Description

The modest-length production (97 minutes) traces Liberace's life, as played by Canadian actor Victor Garber, from his humble beginnings in a Milwaukee suburb, through his major life highs and lows, culminating with the highly publicized palimony lawsuit filed against him by his former limo driver and alleged live-in boyfriend of five years, Scott Thorson (played by Michael Dolan), and his failing health, ending with his death at age 67 on February 4, 1987, from AIDS complications.

The film has been noted for the early casting appearance of the then 20-year-old Shawn Levy as Glenn, a post-Thorson acquaintance of Liberace's through the pianist's final days.

The movie was directed by Emmy Award-winning David Greene. Credit for technical advisor is given to long-time Liberace friend and agent Seymour Heller (portrayed in the film by Saul Rubinek).

Film clips from Liberace's actual stage appearances are interspersed in the storyline.

Liberace: Behind the Music was broadcast one week after the ABC biopic production Liberace (1988), starring Andrew Robinson in the lead, and with a script holding to a point of view that Liberace was heterosexual. Liberace: Behind the Music, however, acknowledged his homosexuality.

Plot

Wladiziu Valentino Liberace, a gifted classical pianist fueled by poverty, was already playing with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at the age of 17. Through a variety of his highs and lows, chaptered in TV-style format, Liberace's life from his early years through his death are chronicled such as his career highs and lows and the struggle with keeping his sexuality hidden from the public.

Home media

Liberace: Behind the Music is available on DVD from Kushner-Locke, distributed through Tango Entertainment.

References

Liberace: Behind the Music Wikipedia
Liberace: Behind the Music IMDb Liberace: Behind the Music themoviedb.org


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