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Liberace: Behind the Music (1988)

Fueled by the intense poverty of his youth, Walter Valentino Liberace is determined to become the world's greatest entertainer. Explore the rises and falls, the libel and palimony suits, as... See full summary »

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David Greene

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Gavin Lambert
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Victor Garber ... Liberace
Saul Rubinek ... Seymour Heller
Michael Dolan Michael Dolan ... Scott Thorsen
Maureen Stapleton ... Frances Liberace
Shawn Levy ... Glenn
Michael Wikes Michael Wikes ... George Liberace
Macha Grenon ... Joanne
George Touliatos ... Salvatore Liberace
Kenneth Welsh
Dianne Heatherington Dianne Heatherington
Paul Hipp ... Elvis Presley
Frances Hyland ... Florence Bettray Kelly
Stephen Watts Stephen Watts ... Jimmy
Rochelle Bruneau Rochelle Bruneau ... George's Girl
Joan Heney Joan Heney ... Serious Lady
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Fueled by the intense poverty of his youth, Walter Valentino Liberace is determined to become the world's greatest entertainer. Explore the rises and falls, the libel and palimony suits, as this intensely driven man struggles for personal happiness as well as the desire for the title of "Mr. Showmanship." Written by Multicom Entertainment

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Biography | Drama | Music

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Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 October 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Liberace - Ein Leben für die Musik See more »

Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada

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Runtime:

(TV)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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During a montage of Liberace's Las Vegas shows in the mid-Fifties, stock footage of the Strip and Downtown includes glimpses of hotels and showroom acts that date to late Seventies at earliest. See more »

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Liberace on Ludes
14 May 2019 | by TheFearmakersSee all my reviews

Someone didn't do their homework as this biopic paints Liberace as a bisexual. As being not sure whether he likes girls or boys. Taking from his book of lies that came out about losing his virginity to a dancer, Miss Bea Haven, and then his romance with the young woman beard his mother didn't like.

Even at this point, 1988, a year after his death, the truth was out. And Victor Garber plays the charismatic pianist with no charisma whatsoever. Perhaps as a openly gay actor in real life, he didn't want to stereotype. But let's face it; Liberace WAS a stereotype, and he loved it.

This Liberace doesn't seem to love much of anything. With the personality of a corpse, he goes from juke joints to television to Vegas in this production so low budget it looks more PBS than network. Dull stuff.


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