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Behind The Candelabra

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Behind The Candelabra

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15 Certificate
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116 Mins
Released
2013
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Packshot of Behind The Candelabra
Certificate
15 Certificate
Duration
116 Mins
Released
2013

Directed by Steven Soderbergh. Based on true events. Las Vegas, 1977. Pianist and singer Liberace (Michael Douglas) is one of the most famous entertainers in the world. He is gay, but keeps his sexuality a guarded secret from the public. When Liberace meets Scott Thorson (Matt Damon), a much younger man, they embark on a romantic relationship. But as their affair continues, Scott's drug abuse and Liberace's promiscuity threaten to tear them apart. With Rob Lowe and Dan Ackroyd. Strong language, sex, sex references and drug use.

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  • Richard LaGravenese

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I want to be everything to you, Scott. Father, brother, lover, best friend.

Did you know?

  • This film is based on Scott Thorson's memoir Behind The Candelabra: My Life With Liberace.
  • Michael Douglas is twenty-six years older than Matt Damon. In reality there was an age difference of forty years between Liberace and Scott Thorson.
  • Rob Lowe has said that the make-up he was required to wear as Dr. Jack Startz pulled so hard on his face it gave him migraines.
  • Steven Soderbergh won a Best Director Oscar in 2000 for the film Traffic, also starring Michael Douglas.
  • Matt Damon said in an interview that he takes every opportunity to work with Steven Soderbergh. To date they have collaborated on seven films including Ocean's Eleven and Contagion.

Awards

  • 5 BAFTA Awards nominated

    • 2013 Adapted Screenplay - Richard LaGravenese
    • 2013 Costume Design - Ellen Mirojnick
    • 2013 Make Up & Hair - Kate Biscoe, Marie Larkin
    • 2013 Production Desgin - Howard Cummings
    • 2013 Supporting Actor - Matt Damon
  • 2 Golden Globe Awards won

    • 2014 Best Actor in a Mini-Series or TV Movie - Michael Douglas
    • 2014 Best TV Movie or Mini-Series
  • 4 Golden Globe Awards nominated

    • 2014 Best Actor in a Mini-Series or TV Movie - Matt Damon
    • 2014 Best Actor in a Mini-Series or TV Movie - Michael Douglas
    • 2014 Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Mini-Series or TV Movie - Rob Lowe
    • 2014 Best TV Movie or Mini-Series

Box Office

U.K.
£3.40 million

Source: Rentrak EDI

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