Behind the Candelabra

Genre:  Drama
Running Time:  118 min.
Release Date: May 26, 2013 - May 26, 2013 (TV)
DVD: September 17, 2013

Current rating: Rating: 4.00
based on 8 votes and 3 reviews
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Cast: Michael Douglas, Matt Damon, Dan Aykroyd, Scott Bakula, Rob Lowe, Debbie Reynolds


Before Elvis, before Elton John, Madonna and Lady Gaga, there was Liberace: virtuoso pianist, outrageous entertainer and flamboyant star of stage and television. A name synonymous with showmanship, extravagance and candelabras, he was a world-renowned performer with a flair that endeared him to his audiences and created a loyal fan base spanning his 40-year career. Liberace lived lavishly and embraced a lifestyle of excess both on and off stage. In summer 1977, handsome young stranger Scott Thorson walked into his dressing room and, despite their age difference and seemingly different worlds, the two embarked on a secretive five-year love affair. BEHIND THE CANDELABRA takes a behind-the-scenes look at their tempestuous relationship – from their first meeting backstage at the Las Vegas Hilton to their bitter and public break-up.

Director: Steven Soderbergh
Studio: HBO Films
Producer(s): Michael Polaire, Gregory Jacobs, Susan Ekins
Screenplay: Richard LaGravenese

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  • 5 stars "Performances were extremely well executed and the story line was quite interesting."
  • 3 stars "MIchael Douglas and Matt Damon were excellent in this movie, although the story was heartbreaking and showed the true human suffering of both men. It clearly showed the price paid for secrets and not being true to oneself. I give their acting a 5 and the story a 3 as I believe it could have been done more tastefully."
  • 4 stars "very good movie!!"