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Behind the Candelabra

HD   PG-13 Closed Captioning

Steven Soderbergh

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About the Movie

Show-biz icon Liberace's tempestuous five-year relationship with a young live-in lover is recounted in all of its extravagant and flamboyant glory in this HBO Films production. Oscar(R) winners Michael Douglas ('Wall Street') and Matt Damon ('Good Will Hunting') star as the legendary entertainer and his partner Scott Thorson who lived together in Liberace's opulent Las Vegas mansion from 1977 to 1982--a time when Liberace was at the height of his popularity, but remained closeted as a homosexual. Dan Aykroyd, Scott Bakula, Rob Lowe and Debbie Reynolds co-star. Directed by Steven Soderbergh; screenplay by Richard LaGravenese, based on the book by Scott Thorson with Alex Thorleifson.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 99
  • Fresh: 94
  • Rotten: 5
  • Average Rating: 8.1/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Buffed to a typical HBO high gloss, Candelabra is a visual feast. It shines brightest in those moments where it captures the rhythms of a relationship in its first blush of affection and its seemingly inevitable collapse. – Robert Bianco, USA Today, May 28, 2013

Fresh: The stunning and quite intimate performances by Michael Douglas and Matt Damon are award-worthy. – Joanne Ostrow, Denver Post, May 28, 2013

Fresh: Douglas brings a preening, nervous energy to a performance that may well prove to be the best of his career... – Roger Clarke, Sight and Sound, Apr 4, 2018

Fresh: Crammed with garish decor, wild costumes and some unapologetically affected central performances, the final chapter in the life of flamboyant pianist Liberace gets a feisty, full-bodied treatment here. – Jim Schembri, 3AW, Aug 20, 2013

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Customer Reviews

A Must see

Really enjoy the story. Think about buying the movie. Recommend you watch


Probably one of the best performances in cinematic history, especially by Matt Damon. Beautifully filmed in rich textures catptures the mood of the era that was Liberace. Rob low gives a highly memorable comedic performace as the plastic surgin. Don't miss it.

A triumph

When I read that Michael Douglas was cast as Liberace, I was horrified. How could one of the straightest men alive play the flamboyant showman. I was utterly thrilled with how amazing Douglas was in this role. He deserves every award possible for his ability to not only act like Liberace, but embody his showmanship, his vulnerabilities, and nuances. Damon and Lowe are also amazing. If this had been on the big screen, I think that Douglas would have swept the best leading actor Oscar. Great film. It's entertaining, it's funny, it's bittersweet, it's classic…just like Liberace himself.

Behind the Candelabra
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2013

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