Behind the Candelabra

Synopsis: Scott Thorson, a young bisexual man raised in foster homes, is introduced to flamboyant entertainment giant Liberace and quickly finds himself in a romantic relationship with the legendary pianist. Swaddled in wealth and excess, Scott and Liberace have a long affair, one that eventually Scott begins to find suffocating. Kept away from the outside world by the flashily effeminate yet deeply closeted Liberace, and submitting to extreme makeovers and even plastic surgery at the behest of his lover, Scott eventually rebels. When Liberace finds himself a new lover, Scott is tossed on the street. He then seeks legal redress for what he feels he has lost. But throughout, the bond between the young man and the star never completely tears.
Director(s): Steven Soderbergh
Production: HBO Films
  Won 2 Golden Globes. Another 41 wins & 48 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
118 min

- Hi.

That was really something.

Thank you.

- Come on back and say hi to Lee.

- You sure?

Yes, he'd love

to see you!


Look who's here!

- Hello, Bobby!

- Lee, you were fantastic!

This is my friend,

Scott Thorson.

His first time

in Las Vegas.

A lost babe

in the woods, huh?

It's like a Disney movie.

Little Bambi.

Very nice to meet you.

You were incredible

out there.

Oh, I'm just

a piano player.

But everybody did seem to enjoy

themselves, didn't they?

You were great,

too, Billy.

Ray, why don't we fix

everybody a drink?

- All right.

- I'm not going to have one.

I still have

another show to do.

What... you're going to

do that all over again?

I don't know

how you do that.

Oh, aren't you sweet!

It's not bad

for an old bag, huh?

Oh, you look fantastic!

And those bits

with the audience are gold!

They work every time.

I stage this show

once a year.

It works the same way

every single night.

I'll tell you, when I was

working saloons in my youth--

back in Milwaukee,

they called them saloons.

That's how old I am.

I'm from Wisconsin, too.

No! You are?

Well, this

must be fate.

One night,

this audience asked me

to play this popular hit parade

song called "Three Little Fishes".

It barely had a melody,

it wasn't a challenge

at all...

but I played it, you know,

and they were happy.

And then, I don't know

where it came from...

but I got this inspiration

to play it

as if it was composed

by Strauss.

And they loved it!

They ate it up!

You would have thought that I invented the piano.

And I knew

right then

it was all about

giving them a good time.

And that's what

I'm all about.

I love to give people

a good time.

Bobby, you boys

staying in town tonight?

Oh, yes. It's too

late to drive back to L.A.

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Richard LaGravenese

Richard LaGravenese (born October 30, 1959) is an American screenwriter and film director, best known as the writer of The Fisher King. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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