Behind the Candelabra


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Behind the Candelabra

Adaptation of the book by Scott Thorson, chronicling his turbulent six-year relationship with the flamboyant entertainer Liberace.


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This film contains strong language and scenes of a sexual nature

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MUSIC: I Feel Love by Donna Summer

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MUSIC CONTINUES, BUZZ OF CONVERSATION

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# Ooh!

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# It's so good, it's so good It's so good, it's so good

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# It's so good!

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# Ooh!

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# Heaven knows, heaven knows Heaven knows, heaven knows

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# Heaven knows... #

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Hi.

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Hi.

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I'm Bob.

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Scott.

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WHIRRING

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OK, there you go. Good boy. Wait, no, don't lick it off. Don't.

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That's good. OK. I mean, look.

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Look how Cannibal's doing it, see?

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See there? That's it.

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Good boy.

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I need them on set, Scott.

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Right away. OK, you know your lines?

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You know your lines? OK.

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Come on.

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Lou says we can't do the growl and the attack in one shot.

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We can do it, we just need to do it in two separate pieces.

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We need to prep the dogs separately for the attack.

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I just don't understand why we can't get it in one.

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Because he's got the bite suit on under his clothes,

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so the dogs see him as, like, a big old chew toy.

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I mean, it's fun for them, they love it.

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It's a safety issue.

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Scene 37, take one.

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Speed!

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A and B camera, common mark.

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Brownie!

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Cannibal!

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Bullet!

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-DOGS BARK

-Right here, boys.

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-We set?

-Set!

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And action!

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BARKING CONTINUES, MAN CRIES OUT

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-WOMAN:

-Scottie. Your mother called.

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What did she want?

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To see you.

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-Do I have to?

-No.

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Joe.

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No, of course not, but...she's your mother.

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She says she's doing much better.

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-For how long this time?

-Joe, stop.

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I'll think about it.

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Humph.

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Oh, and a man named Bob Black called.

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Oh, OK.

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Is that one of them San Francisco fellas?

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No. He's from here. West Hollywood.

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Oh.

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-BOB:

-Hey, cheeks!

-Shh!

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This is where you live?

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Yeah. Why?

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You must have moved in after the Clampetts left for Beverly Hills.

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HE LAUGHS

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Bye, Rose. I'll see you tomorrow!

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-Have a good time!

-OK.

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Oh, this is Bob.

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-Oh, hi, Bob.

-Hi, Rose.

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MUSIC: Liberace Fanfare by The BTC Orchestra

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-ANNOUNCER:

-'And now, ladies and gentlemen, the star of the show...

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'the man who's famous throughout the world...

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'for his candelabra...

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'and his piano...

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'Mr Showmanship...

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'Liberace!'

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MUSIC: The Liberace Boogie

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RAPID PIANO PLAYING

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MUSICAL BREAK MUSICIANS: Hey!

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BAND BEGINS

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Now, this next part of the boogie-woogie is so strange,

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it really calls for an explanation.

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It's called a boogie-woogie break.

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When I'm playing it and I stop at a certain point,

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you're going to think that I've forgotten the music.

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But I didn't forget the music.

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There's just no music written for that part.

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That's why they call it a break.

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MUSICAL BREAK ALL: Hey!

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MUSIC CONTINUES

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Ah, this is fun.

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Let's try something.

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Suppose only the ladies in the audience this time, OK?

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All the girls together.

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MUSICAL BREAK WOMAN: Hey!

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Oh, that was terrific.

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OK, fellas. It's your turn now.

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MUSICAL BREAK MEN: Hey!

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I love it! That was terrific!

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You see, George? I told you men DO come to my concerts.

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-LAUGHTER

-Well, I really appreciate it.

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And I know somebody else out in the audience

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who appreciates it, too. And that's my mom.

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Mom, I tell you what.

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Let them hear it from you... and I'll play it just for you.

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OK, Mom?

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-MUSICAL BREAK

-Hey!

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CHEERING

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Oh, Mom, you're in the groove tonight.

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I really thank you all for joining me in this boogie-woogie.

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I'd like to try a little experiment.

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I've been playing this boogie-woogie at eight beats to the bar.

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I'd like to try playing it now at 16 beats to the bar.

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MUCH FASTER BEAT

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Wow!

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He's incredible!

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PIANO CRESCENDO

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PLAYING STOPS, APPLAUSE AND CHEERING

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Thank you. Thank you very much.

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-Thank you.

-Bravo!

-You know...

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No, that's all right. Stare as long as you want.

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-LAUGHTER

-I mean, you paid for it.

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You know, I always get asked, "How do you play the piano

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"with all those rings on your fingers?"

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And I always tell them, "Very well, indeed."

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APPLAUSE

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Thank you.

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And now I'd like to introduce

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another pair of piano-playing hands

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to join me in a duet.

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My protege and friend,

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Mr Billy Leatherwood!

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APPLAUSE

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-Oh, look - a matched pair of queens!

-HE LAUGHS

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Oh.

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It's funny that this crowd would like something this gay.

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Oh, they have no idea he's gay.

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MUSIC: Carioca

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There's Ray. See him? In the black.

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Come on, come on!

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Ray! Ray.

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-Bobby!

-Hi!

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-I'm so glad you made it!

-We loved it. Thank you so much.

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-This is my friend, Scott Thorson.

-Well, hi. Nice to meet you.

-Hi.

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That was really something. Thank you.

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-Well, come on back and say hi to Lee.

-Are you sure?

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Oh, yes, he'd love to see you!

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Lee? Look who's here!

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-Hello, Bobby!

-Lee, you were fantastic!

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This is my friend, Scott Thorson. His first time in Las Vegas.

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Oh? A lost babe in the woods, huh?

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It's like a Disney movie. Little Bambi.

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Very nice to meet you.

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You were incredible out there.

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Oh, I'm just a piano player.

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But everybody did seem to enjoy themselves, didn't they?

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ALL: Oh, yes!

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You were great, too, Billy.

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-Ray, why don't we fix everybody a drink?

-All right.

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I'm not going to have one. I still have another show to do.

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What...you're going to do that all over again?

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I don't know how you do that.

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Oh, aren't you sweet! It's not bad for an old bag, huh?

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Oh, you look fantastic!

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And those bits with the audience are gold!

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They work every time. I stage this show once a year.

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It works the same way every single night.

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I'll tell you, when I was working saloons in my youth...

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Back in Milwaukee, they called them saloons.

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-I mean, that's how old

-I

-am.

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I'm from Wisconsin, too.

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No! You are?

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Well, this must be fate.

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Well, one night, this audience asked me

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to play this popular hit parade song called Three Little Fishes.

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It barely had a melody, it wasn't a challenge, at all...

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but I played it, you know, and they were happy.

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And then, I don't know where it came from...

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but I got this inspiration to play it

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as if it was composed by Strauss.

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And they loved it! They ate it up!

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You would've thought that I invented the piano!

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LAUGHTER

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And I knew right then

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it was all about giving them a good time.

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And that's what I'm all about.

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I love to give people a good time.

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Bobby, you boys staying in town tonight?

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Oh, yes. It's too late to drive back to LA.

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Well, Lee, why don't we have the boys over for brunch tomorrow?

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-Oh, no, that's too much for you.

-No, no. That's a great idea!

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Of course! Let's do it! But, you know, after 3:00, OK?

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Cos I need my beauty sleep.

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DOG YAPS

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Welcome, gypsies!

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Is this a palace?

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Lee thinks he's King Ludwig II.

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-Who's he?

-The Liberace of Bavaria.

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Oh, is he a piano player, too?

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No.

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Wow.

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Almost time for a dip.

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DOG YAPS

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I'm sorry I'm so informal.

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So happy you all could come.

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Don't these things belong in an oven?

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Oh, he's so mean to my babies. I mean, this is my family!

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And this is Baby Boy.

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Baby Boy, he's very old. He's deaf, and he's blind.

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I'm his seeing eye person.

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LAUGHTER

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I could get something to help clear up his eyes.

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-Scott works with animals.

-Oh?

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I worked for a vet, you know, for a while,

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and we had a lot of poodles with eye problems.

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Oh, that would be fabulous!

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No-one's been able to help my little Baby Boy.

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I hate to see him suffer.

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I think my favourite review is from San Francisco,

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when they said, "Liberace was no Rubinstein,

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"but then Rubinstein is no Liberace."

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SOFT LAUGHTER

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Oh, this is my houseboy, Carlucci.

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He rules the roost around here.

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Thank you.

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Pig.

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-What?

-Pig in a blanket. You want a pig in a blanket?

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No. Thanks.

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After lunch, I'll give you a guided tour.

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Great.

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< DOOR SLAMS

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ANOTHER DOOR SLAMS

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I do all my own decorating.

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I just love it.

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I call this "palatial kitsch".

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-Right.

-Don't you just love that?

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I never saw so many pianos.

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Oh, I never touch them.

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Mama made me play every day in my childhood.

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Didn't have any friends.

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So, now I never play...when I play.

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HE GIGGLES

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These are actual Roman columns.

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Ionic.

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DOG YAPS

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And I personally support the entire Austrian rhinestone business.

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It's too bad you're so big, you could try one of these on.

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So, Scott, do you have any family left?

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Oh, no, not really.

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Um...

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My mom's been, er, in and out of places,

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you know, for my whole life.

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Oh, really?

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And I have two sisters... and a brother,

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and then four half-brothers and sisters...

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from two different fathers, but most of them live with their fathers.

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The rest of us, like me and Wayne, we were sent to state-run homes...

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and then Mom would come get us and we'd live with her for a while,

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then...she'd have her troubles again and they'd have to put her away,

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so we'd get split up and sent to foster homes.

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But I was really lucky. I ended up with Rose and Joe.

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You know, a really nice family, on a ranch..

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You know, with animals.

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Sure, because it was a ranch!

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What a story!

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I mean, you got everything, but a fire in the orphanage.

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But the ranch is where you got to like animals and...

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I guess.

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Oh, and I am going to try and get that medicine for Baby Boy.

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Aw, you remembered his name. Oh, that would be wonderful.

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I'm going to give you my private number.

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It's unlisted.

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Now, I'm counting on you...

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so don't you forget.

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You'd better not walk onto my stage with a ketchup stain.

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Like anyone would give a shit.

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TELEPHONE RINGS

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-HE SIGHS:

-He's so unprofessional.

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RINGING CONTINUES

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-Hello?

-'Oh, hi, this is Scott...Thorson.'

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-I'm sorry, who? I can't...

-'Scott. I'm Bob's friend.'

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-'I was at L...his house. I have medicine for his dog.'

-Wait, hold on.

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-A Scott somebody.

-Who?

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-Friend of Bob's, who was at your house.

-Oh, Scott!

-He has medicine?

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Scott, is that you?

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Hi. Um... Yeah...

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Er, Mr...

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'No, no. Please, just call me Lee.'

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Lee. OK.

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Yeah, I have the medicine for your poodle. For his eyes?

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Oh, my saviour!

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OK, I was going to just, um, tuck it in the mail tomorrow morning...

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and, er, it should be there, you know, in a few days.

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Oh, no, no. I don't want Baby Boy to have to wait that long.

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Why don't you just book a flight and come up this evening?

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At my expense.

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HE LAUGHS It's not that important.

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Scott, why don't you let me decide what's important?

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You know, you'd be doing me a great favour

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if you'd fly up here this evening.

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'And I promise you, I'll fly you right back to LA

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'after my first show.

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-'I promise.'

-OK.

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Ah! Alone at last.

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Thank you so much for bringing my baby's medicine.

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Um, no problem. He's going to be fine.

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What would you like to do with your life, Scott?

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What's...what's your dream?

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-I want to be a veterinarian.

-Oh, don't you just love animals?

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So do I.

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You know, because they love you, no matter what.

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That's what makes them dumb animals, I guess.

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If they really knew who we were, they'd have nothing to do with us.

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Scott, I...

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I feel like I can trust you. And I have to talk to someone.

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I've got myself in a terrible mess.

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What is it?

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It's Billy. My protege.

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I've created a monster. A monster!

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I gave him everything, you know,

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-I put his name in lights - I made him famous...

-What did he do?

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Well, he's out of control! He's ruining me!

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He's ruining my image! I can't stand bad publicity!

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My fans, you know?

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Unfortunately, they're not dumb animals.

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He's just...he's done terrible things!

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He's breaking my heart.

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It's just, he's drinking heavily, he's getting into fights.

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And I can't get rid of him!

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He's under contract for six months!

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I'm going to be ruined!

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I just wish his wife would come and take him away.

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His wife?!

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Hand me a towel, please.

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Thank you.

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I never know whether people like me for me

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or what they can get out of me. You know, because I'm Liberace.

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Walter Liberace, for God's sakes!

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I mean, can you imagine?

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I mean, Walter's fine for Pidgeon, but Liberace?

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It was the only thing my father gave me.

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He was a French horn player.

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He left us for an oboist.

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So, that's why you're so musical?

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No, that man had nothing to do with it. My talent comes from God.

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Everybody wants a piece of me, a piece of the action.

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My brother George, he performs in some small club.

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You know what the marquee says? "Liberace", in big letters.

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I built that name. It's my name.

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That's not his.

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"Gimme, gimme, gimme."

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No-one I can trust, no-one I can talk to.

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I hate my life sometimes. I really do.

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-No.

-No, it's true.

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No matter how many people are around, I'm all by myself.

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Like, I'm with people -

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they're not really my family or my friends.

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You know what that feels like?

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Yeah. I do.

0:20:310:20:33

Yes.

0:20:350:20:36

Yes, you do.

0:20:370:20:39

You've been good for me, Scott.

0:20:400:20:42

When?

0:20:440:20:45

Now. Just now.

0:20:450:20:47

-Oh, you mean talking and...?

-Yes, you know.

0:20:470:20:50

-And listening.

-Sure.

-You're very good at listening.

0:20:500:20:53

People...take...

0:20:530:20:55

You know what?

0:20:570:20:59

I have a great idea.

0:20:590:21:01

Why don't you come work for me?

0:21:030:21:05

As what?

0:21:070:21:09

Well, you could be my secretary.

0:21:090:21:12

I don't type.

0:21:120:21:14

Hell, Scott, I can pay people to type.

0:21:140:21:17

I need a companion. A bodyguard. Someone to keep people off my back.

0:21:170:21:22

Someone I can talk to the way we talked tonight.

0:21:220:21:25

You'd be my right-hand man.

0:21:250:21:28

You can take care of the animals.

0:21:280:21:31

Please.

0:21:310:21:33

Say yes, Scott.

0:21:330:21:35

Would you close the drapes on the window, Scott?

0:21:380:21:40

Yeah.

0:21:400:21:41

It's really pretty at night.

0:21:440:21:46

-Oh!

-I'm sorry.

0:21:460:21:48

-I didn't mean to scare you like that.

-I didn't mean to flinch!

0:21:480:21:51

Yeah, I just... I...

0:21:510:21:53

Things are moving really...fast.

0:21:530:21:57

-Maybe I should just get a room for tonight.

-Oh, nonsense.

0:21:570:22:00

Look, I completely understand

0:22:000:22:03

and I promise I'll stay on my side of the bed. I promise.

0:22:030:22:07

Good morning.

0:22:440:22:45

Well, look who's up!

0:22:540:22:56

You're making a mistake here. Listen to me.

0:23:090:23:11

-I worked for that old fag in his Hollywood house!

-Joe!

0:23:110:23:15

Oh, I'm not saying it for that.

0:23:150:23:16

I'm saying, it's not a fit place for Scott!

0:23:160:23:20

You don't know him like I know him.

0:23:200:23:22

Is this the kind of life you want for yourself?

0:23:220:23:24

It's a job, Rose. And it pays better than getting two.

0:23:240:23:28

Yeah, and you know what they call that kind of job.

0:23:280:23:30

That's not what this is.

0:23:300:23:32

Look, he's old. He doesn't like me just for that.

0:23:320:23:36

Do you even like this man?

0:23:360:23:38

Yeah. I really do.

0:23:400:23:43

He's lonely.

0:23:430:23:44

I can take care of him.

0:23:460:23:48

And he can take care of me.

0:23:480:23:50

My eyes are open, Rose.

0:23:510:23:53

I promise.

0:23:540:23:56

Mr Thorson!

0:24:300:24:31

Seymour Heller, Lee's manager. Lee's expecting you.

0:24:310:24:35

Is it any good?

0:24:420:24:44

It's amazing.

0:24:440:24:45

I love to cook.

0:24:470:24:49

We'll be a couple of fat biddies in no time.

0:24:500:24:53

Great, cos I love to eat.

0:24:530:24:55

Come here, you.

0:25:000:25:02

She's going to see us.

0:25:150:25:17

People only see what they want to see, Scott.

0:25:170:25:20

Oh, God! Oh, God!

0:25:260:25:29

Oh, my God.

0:25:290:25:31

BOTH PANT

0:25:310:25:32

LEE SIGHS, THEN LAUGHS

0:25:350:25:38

We'll go shopping tomorrow.

0:25:390:25:42

After cooking and sex,

0:25:440:25:46

I think shopping's the reason to get up every day.

0:25:460:25:50

And it helps so many people.

0:25:500:25:52

Do you mind if I ask you something?

0:25:540:25:57

How do you stay hard for so long? I mean...

0:25:570:26:00

that was the fourth time since lunch.

0:26:000:26:02

You make me feel so young.

0:26:020:26:05

And I've had implants.

0:26:070:26:09

I've had quite a drive, you know, as well

0:26:110:26:14

and...you know, I've had problems.

0:26:140:26:19

And it's a terrible thing when you have such a desire

0:26:190:26:22

and the equipment doesn't work.

0:26:220:26:24

It's like, um, you know, wanting to sing and being tone deaf.

0:26:240:26:28

And no-one knows.

0:26:280:26:31

You're the only one I told.

0:26:310:26:32

You see what you mean to me?

0:26:320:26:34

Lee, I think... Just a minute. I should just tell you...

0:26:340:26:37

I'm bisexual.

0:26:390:26:41

I like women, too.

0:26:410:26:43

Well, good for you.

0:26:440:26:47

I love women!

0:26:470:26:49

I wish I could be that flexible.

0:26:490:26:51

Make things so much easier.

0:26:510:26:54

I am so sick of getting fan mail about my engagement to Sonja Henie.

0:26:540:26:59

As if I would marry an ice skater. Please! I mean, those thighs?

0:26:590:27:02

No, I was a goner from my first time.

0:27:040:27:08

He was a Green Bay Packer.

0:27:080:27:11

He came to hear me play at one of my saloons.

0:27:110:27:13

I mean, I couldn't miss him. The guy was the size of the door!

0:27:130:27:18

That's how I lost my virginity.

0:27:180:27:20

Isn't that romantic?

0:27:200:27:22

THEY LAUGH

0:27:220:27:23

You know, I tried to make myself love women.

0:27:230:27:26

I'd stare at women's bosoms and their backsides,

0:27:260:27:29

you know, trying to feel something.

0:27:290:27:31

You see, I knew, from being Catholic,

0:27:310:27:35

what happened to boys like me.

0:27:350:27:38

And I went to confession.

0:27:380:27:40

Of course, I... I couldn't confess everything.

0:27:400:27:43

The problem was, according to Catholics,

0:27:430:27:46

not confessing a sin is also considered a sin,

0:27:460:27:49

so, you know, I was damned if I do, damned if I didn't.

0:27:490:27:54

I can't believe you're still Catholic.

0:27:540:27:57

Devout.

0:27:570:27:58

The turning point for me was Kennedy getting assassinated.

0:28:000:28:04

MUSIC: Nocturne in E Flat Major Op. 9, No. 2 by Chopin

0:28:040:28:07

'I was working nonstop and I was sick.

0:28:070:28:10

'I felt terrible.

0:28:100:28:12

'We found out later

0:28:120:28:13

'that, when those heavy costumes I wear get dry cleaned,

0:28:130:28:17

'they use this tetrachloride solution.

0:28:170:28:19

'I would sweat and it'd get absorbed into my bloodstream...

0:28:190:28:23

'and shut down my kidneys.

0:28:230:28:25

'Can you imagine?

0:28:250:28:27

'But no-one knew.

0:28:270:28:29

'So I'm watching the assassination on TV

0:28:290:28:32

'and I think, well, at least I'll have a few days off.

0:28:320:28:34

'I mean, nobody's going to come see me perform this weekend.

0:28:340:28:37

'But, no. No, Seymour made me work.

0:28:370:28:42

'Well, they thought I was dying.

0:28:420:28:44

'They couldn't figure out what was wrong.

0:28:440:28:46

'I mean, everything's bloated. I'm drowning in my own fluids.

0:28:460:28:50

'They put me on dialysis and I'm thinking,

0:28:500:28:53

' "The only thing that's going to get me through this is prayer."

0:28:530:28:56

'Sometime within these 36 hours of treatment,

0:28:560:28:59

'I wake up, and there's this nun,

0:28:590:29:01

'in an all-white habit, sitting beside my bed.

0:29:010:29:05

'I said I wanted to pray

0:29:050:29:06

'and she told me not to waste my strength.

0:29:060:29:09

'And she assured me I would live.

0:29:090:29:12

'Next day, my kidneys start to work.

0:29:120:29:16

'The doctors were amazed!

0:29:160:29:18

'They admitted to me they had given up hope.

0:29:180:29:21

'So, I asked to see the nun,

0:29:210:29:23

'to thank her for giving me strength,

0:29:230:29:26

'and...they said, "Oh, no!

0:29:260:29:28

' "There's no nun here that fits that description.

0:29:280:29:32

' "There are no nuns here that wear all-white habits." '

0:29:320:29:36

And I knew.

0:29:360:29:39

I knew my life would not have been spared

0:29:390:29:42

if being gay was the sin that the Church said it was.

0:29:420:29:47

I was saved... because God looks upon me

0:29:470:29:51

with special favour.

0:29:510:29:53

That nun...was a messenger.

0:29:530:29:56

Wow.

0:29:590:30:01

Isn't that something?

0:30:010:30:03

But, you know, Scott - men, women - you know, who cares?

0:30:030:30:07

What's important is to be yourself.

0:30:070:30:09

You just be who you are, baby boy.

0:30:090:30:12

Don't eat all of this.

0:30:260:30:29

You'll be angry that your panties are tight.

0:30:290:30:33

Ah-ooh.

0:30:330:30:35

-You want some, Scott?

-Mm-mm.

0:30:350:30:38

Mm!

0:30:420:30:43

These are delicious.

0:30:430:30:45

Here.

0:30:450:30:47

Have one.

0:30:470:30:49

(Does he do that every night?)

0:30:520:30:55

Mm-hm.

0:30:550:30:57

MUSIC: Tico-Tico by Liberace

0:30:570:31:00

-JOHNNY MATHIS:

-# Have yourself a merry little Christmas... #

0:31:510:31:57

-Be careful, Scott.

-# Let your heart be light... #

0:31:570:32:03

Perfect.

0:32:030:32:04

# From now on, our troubles

0:32:040:32:07

# Will be out of sight... #

0:32:070:32:10

He made you a pesto panini.

0:32:100:32:12

Oh.

0:32:120:32:13

Did you, er... Did you bring my Fresca?

0:32:160:32:19

What?

0:32:230:32:24

Here's what's going to happen. You listening?

0:32:280:32:31

You think you're so hot and sexy with your hard ass

0:32:310:32:34

and that bisexual bullshit.

0:32:340:32:36

You know how many there have been?

0:32:360:32:38

Bobby, Hans, Chase.

0:32:380:32:40

Oh, and some country boy stripper

0:32:400:32:42

who was so dumb he wore his G-string backwards.

0:32:420:32:45

He got rid of all of them.

0:32:450:32:47

But I'm still here.

0:32:470:32:48

And one day, Lee is going to call Seymour

0:32:480:32:51

and he's going to tell him to get rid of you.

0:32:510:32:53

Lee?

0:32:590:33:00

Lee?

0:33:030:33:04

Oh, excuse me, sorry, I was...

0:33:070:33:09

Lee?

0:33:120:33:13

Right here, baby boy.

0:33:140:33:16

You've never seen me without my hair, have you?

0:33:180:33:21

Terrible. Terrible, isn't it?

0:33:220:33:25

But the pieces, they're great.

0:33:260:33:28

You know what I'm going to do?

0:33:300:33:32

I'm going to put you in charge of my wigs.

0:33:320:33:35

I only do that for people I trust.

0:33:350:33:37

-Would you like that?

-Lee, I'm sorry, but...

0:33:370:33:41

I think maybe this was a mistake.

0:33:410:33:43

What's wrong? What?

0:33:430:33:45

I can't do this. I can't live like this, in this house.

0:33:450:33:49

I mean, everybody looks down on me.

0:33:490:33:52

Carlucci is always on my ass about something.

0:33:520:33:55

He's treating me like I'M the houseboy.

0:33:550:33:57

I just... I can't live like this. I'm sorry.

0:33:580:34:01

I don't want to see you depressed.

0:34:010:34:04

When you have a sad face, then I feel sad.

0:34:040:34:08

But it's not sad, it's... This isn't working.

0:34:080:34:12

Well, then, I've failed.

0:34:120:34:14

Because you have made me so happy over these past few months.

0:34:140:34:19

And if I haven't made you happy...

0:34:190:34:21

Your happiness means everything to me, Scott.

0:34:240:34:27

Well, I just don't know what to do.

0:34:300:34:33

MUSIC: Why Do I Love You? by Liberace

0:34:340:34:38

'Why do I love you?

0:35:130:35:16

'I love you not only for what you are

0:35:160:35:19

'But for what I am when I'm with you

0:35:190:35:22

'I love you not only for what you have made of yourself

0:35:220:35:27

'But for what you are making of me

0:35:270:35:31

'I love you for ignoring the possibilities

0:35:310:35:34

'Of the fool in me

0:35:340:35:37

'And for accepting the possibilities

0:35:370:35:40

'Of the good in me.

0:35:400:35:43

'Why do I love you?

0:35:500:35:53

'I love you for closing your eyes

0:35:530:35:56

'To the discords in me

0:35:560:35:59

'And for adding to the music in me

0:35:590:36:02

'By worshipful listening.'

0:36:020:36:05

PANTING

0:36:090:36:11

No, I don't like it.

0:36:130:36:15

-It makes it better.

-I don't want it.

-Oh. Oh!

0:36:150:36:19

I've always wanted children.

0:36:230:36:27

I regret that, not having children.

0:36:270:36:31

I love Christmas. I think I'd be a good daddy,

0:36:310:36:35

-don't you think?

-Oh, you're such a loving man.

0:36:350:36:39

Mmm.

0:36:390:36:41

Well, maybe I'll adopt you.

0:36:410:36:43

I want you to take the money that you're earning

0:36:460:36:49

and to buy a house here in Las Vegas.

0:36:490:36:52

I'll co-sign.

0:36:540:36:56

But it'll be in your name, so...you'll have some security.

0:36:560:37:00

Would you like that?

0:37:020:37:03

Lee...are you serious?

0:37:030:37:07

I want to be everything to you, Scott.

0:37:090:37:11

I want to be father...brother...

0:37:110:37:14

lover...best friend.

0:37:140:37:18

Everything.

0:37:180:37:20

You know I love you.

0:37:230:37:25

Does that mean anything to you?

0:37:270:37:29

Maybe all those years...

0:37:310:37:33

all those foster homes...

0:37:330:37:36

..maybe I'm your real family.

0:37:370:37:39

-PEGGY LEE:

-# I've found a brand-new idol

0:37:390:37:42

# He's charming as can be

0:37:420:37:44

# I really can't describe

0:37:440:37:47

# The strange effect he has on me... #

0:37:470:37:50

# I start to shake I start to shiver

0:37:580:38:02

# And every fibre in my being seems to quiver... #

0:38:020:38:04

Want to smell that?

0:38:040:38:06

# It's a feeling very close to ecstasy

0:38:060:38:10

# That's what happens when Liberace winks at me... #

0:38:100:38:14

-Isn't she sweet?

-Mmm.

0:38:140:38:18

She's got a little bit of a Judy thing going on, don't you think?

0:38:180:38:21

Yeah.

0:38:210:38:23

You look hot.

0:38:230:38:25

I do, don't I?

0:38:250:38:28

The wink?

0:38:290:38:31

That was my idea.

0:38:310:38:33

-Yeah?

-Mm-hm.

0:38:330:38:34

I was the first person in television

0:38:340:38:37

to look directly into the camera.

0:38:370:38:40

I was the first matinee idol in television.

0:38:400:38:45

I was the one had the idea of putting the candelabra

0:38:450:38:49

up on the piano, you know? I saw an old Merle Oberon movie

0:38:490:38:53

when I got the idea, from, er...about Chopin.

0:38:530:38:56

What was the name of that...? A Song to Remember!

0:38:560:38:59

Really? That's like your trademark!

0:38:590:39:02

I know. Who knew?

0:39:020:39:04

Wow.

0:39:040:39:07

Huh.

0:39:070:39:08

So, really, no matter what you did, you were just...meant to be famous.

0:39:080:39:15

I guess so.

0:39:150:39:17

Hmm.

0:39:180:39:19

TELEPHONE RINGS

0:39:210:39:23

LEE GROANS

0:39:230:39:26

Hello.

0:39:260:39:28

Oh, hi. Yeah, hold on.

0:39:280:39:31

It's Seymour.

0:39:310:39:33

I told him not to call this number.

0:39:330:39:35

I told you not to call this number.

0:39:370:39:39

Hi, Lee. I'm sorry, I have to talk to you about these dates.

0:39:390:39:42

We've got six months of bookings.

0:39:420:39:43

I already told you the dates I would do.

0:39:430:39:46

-SCOTT SIGHS

-I'm not working after Thanksgiving

0:39:460:39:48

during the holidays. ..Especially now.

0:39:480:39:51

But you can make double on holiday shows.

0:39:510:39:53

Take a vacation later.

0:39:530:39:55

Seymour, I do not want to be the richest piano player in the grave.

0:39:550:39:59

-Forget it.

-No, definitely not. You're already working too hard.

0:39:590:40:02

Lee, give the phone to Scott. I have a question for him.

0:40:020:40:05

Hey, Seymour.

0:40:080:40:10

Hey, Scott. Why don't you stay out of my fucking business?

0:40:100:40:13

Now give me back to Lee.

0:40:130:40:14

Mm-hm. ..OK.

0:40:190:40:22

No, you cannot come for dinner tomorrow night. I'm making pork.

0:40:220:40:26

-SCOTT LAUGHS

-OK. Bye-bye.

0:40:260:40:29

Ay-yi-yi! Oy!

0:40:290:40:32

Doesn't he get insulted when you don't invite him over for dinner?

0:40:320:40:35

He gets 10% of every dollar I earn.

0:40:350:40:37

I don't have to take him out for dinner.

0:40:370:40:40

And I don't want any company!

0:40:400:40:43

I want my blonde Adonis all to myself.

0:40:430:40:48

Oh, shit!

0:40:510:40:53

Shit, shit, shit!

0:40:530:40:55

-Carson!

-Oh, hurry! Hurry!

0:40:550:40:58

Have we missed my performance?

0:40:590:41:01

-Oh.

-Tsk.

0:41:020:41:04

Oh, my Christ! I-I look like my father!

0:41:130:41:16

I look like my father in drag!

0:41:160:41:19

I look like my father in Hush, Hush, Sweet Charlotte!

0:41:190:41:23

SLURPING

0:41:230:41:24

I would say a full face-lift,

0:41:240:41:26

with silicone implants to prevent the return

0:41:260:41:29

of the lines around the mouth.

0:41:290:41:31

My feeling?

0:41:310:41:32

Why go through all of the work and the money

0:41:320:41:35

just to have it all fall down within a year?

0:41:350:41:37

You pay good money, it should last.

0:41:370:41:40

Some of these doctors, they keep you coming back

0:41:400:41:42

and paying, time after time.

0:41:420:41:45

-I don't believe in it.

-No, you're right.

0:41:450:41:47

You know, I had all this done a while ago,

0:41:470:41:49

but I don't think he was as good as you are.

0:41:490:41:52

DOG YAPS OUTSIDE

0:41:520:41:54

I'm going to recommend a deep face peel after the face-lift.

0:41:540:41:57

You're going to look fabulous!

0:41:570:42:00

You'll look as young as Scott here.

0:42:000:42:02

Oh, thank you! I feel so much better.

0:42:020:42:04

I mean, that Carson show was like looking

0:42:040:42:06

at Dorian Grey wither away in public.

0:42:060:42:10

But what about the press? How do we keep this a secret?

0:42:100:42:14

We rent you a fully-furnished apartment under an alias,

0:42:140:42:16

until the bandages come off.

0:42:160:42:18

No-one will know.

0:42:180:42:20

After that, you can recuperate as you like.

0:42:200:42:23

Oh, Jack, I wish I'd met you sooner.

0:42:230:42:25

I would still have had a movie career!

0:42:250:42:27

That was my real dream - to be a movie star.

0:42:270:42:30

Now, Jack, I want to talk to you

0:42:300:42:33

about doing some surgery on Scott here.

0:42:330:42:36

-What?

-Fine.

0:42:360:42:38

What would you like me to do with Scott?

0:42:380:42:40

I want you to make Scott look like this.

0:42:430:42:45

Can you do that?

0:42:470:42:48

Oh, I see. Oh, yes, I think I can do what you want.

0:42:510:42:55

He's going to need a nose job.

0:42:560:42:58

And I'm going to have to restructure his cheekbones

0:42:580:43:01

and his chin with silicone implants, but it's not impossible.

0:43:010:43:05

But first, we gotta slim him down!

0:43:050:43:08

I have a terrific diet. The California Diet.

0:43:080:43:12

Guaranteed loss of 15 pounds in four weeks.

0:43:120:43:15

'Are you fucking kidding me?'

0:43:250:43:27

The man wants to spend money to make you thinner, prettier

0:43:270:43:30

and younger and you're thinking about not doing it.

0:43:300:43:32

But I AM young.

0:43:320:43:33

Honey, in gay years, you're Judy during the Sid Luft obese period.

0:43:330:43:39

Really?

0:43:390:43:41

They were talking about me like I wasn't even there.

0:43:410:43:44

If Lee doesn't get what he wants, you won't be.

0:43:440:43:47

HE SIGHS

0:43:470:43:48

Well, I guess I should be flattered,

0:43:480:43:51

him wanting me to look like him.

0:43:510:43:54

Imitation's the highest form.

0:43:540:43:56

That's what they tell drag queens when they're born.

0:43:560:43:59

Oh, I don't know, man.

0:44:000:44:02

I mean, won't it be weird looking in a mirror

0:44:020:44:04

and not recognising myself?

0:44:040:44:06

Should we take the Auburn or the Camaro?

0:44:060:44:08

SCOTT SIGHS

0:44:120:44:14

I just don't understand why I cannot keep my hair on

0:44:180:44:21

during the procedure.

0:44:210:44:23

If I die, I want you to get in here -

0:44:240:44:27

I don't care if you have to slap it on with Elmer's -

0:44:270:44:29

-before anybody sees me.

-You're not going to die.

0:44:290:44:32

MUSIC: Kitten On The Keys by Liberace

0:44:350:44:38

Oh, you are doing so well, Lee!

0:45:080:45:12

Isn't he doing well?

0:45:120:45:14

I guess it's time to get started on you, huh?

0:45:150:45:19

First, we're going to do something about that weight.

0:45:190:45:22

The California Diet.

0:45:240:45:26

Those pounds will just fall off!

0:45:260:45:31

You look, easily, right now...

0:45:560:46:00

like a man in his mid-40s.

0:46:000:46:02

Will I be able to close my eyes?

0:46:060:46:08

Not entirely.

0:46:080:46:10

But this way, you'll always be able to see people's expressions

0:46:100:46:14

when they see how fabulous you look.

0:46:140:46:15

SNORING

0:46:170:46:20

Sweetie, you're snoring.

0:46:200:46:22

SNORING CONTINUES

0:46:290:46:30

Lee!

0:46:300:46:32

HE GASPS

0:46:320:46:33

HE SNORES

0:46:350:46:38

Sweetie, you're snoring.

0:46:420:46:46

SCOTT SIGHS

0:46:460:46:47

Oh, look at you!

0:47:000:47:03

-My Adonis is coming back.

-Really?

0:47:030:47:06

Come here.

0:47:060:47:08

What are these for?

0:47:200:47:23

Post surgery.

0:47:230:47:25

OK, but I stay on the California Diet?

0:47:250:47:28

Perfectly safe.

0:47:280:47:29

Just keep taking those.

0:47:290:47:31

And one of these is a prescription for my own special diet pill.

0:47:310:47:35

Uh, I want a dimple on my chin.

0:47:350:47:39

Scott, Lee doesn't have a dimple on his chin.

0:47:390:47:42

I know, but...

0:47:420:47:43

You know, it's my face.

0:47:430:47:46

Not too deep, just a little one.

0:47:460:47:48

OK.

0:47:510:47:53

You think Lee'll be mad?

0:47:530:47:55

Sleep tight, my baby boy.

0:48:020:48:06

I'll see you on the other side.

0:48:060:48:08

MUSIC: Nola by Liberace

0:48:080:48:13

Scott, it's so good to hear your voice.

0:49:350:49:38

I'm really sorry, Rose.

0:49:380:49:40

Just with Lee's schedule, it's been so crazy.

0:49:400:49:42

I didn't say it to make you feel bad.

0:49:420:49:44

So talk to me. How are you?

0:49:440:49:46

You taking care of yourself?

0:49:460:49:47

I'm great.

0:49:470:49:48

I've lost a whole lot of weight, actually.

0:49:480:49:51

What for? You always had such a nice build.

0:49:510:49:53

No, no, it's a healthy thing.

0:49:530:49:55

It's the California Diet.

0:49:550:49:57

Lee and I did it together.

0:49:570:49:59

He's really into self-improvement.

0:49:590:50:02

Oh.

0:50:020:50:03

How is Mr Lee-berace?

0:50:030:50:07

He's great.

0:50:070:50:09

Actually, we're going to see some lawyers tomorrow...

0:50:110:50:14

because, um, he wants to adopt me.

0:50:140:50:18

Adopt you?

0:50:180:50:20

I don't understand.

0:50:210:50:23

Why would a grown man want to adopt another grown man?

0:50:230:50:28

So we can be family.

0:50:300:50:32

-I don't understand.

-In the state of Nevada, if you're over 18,

0:50:330:50:38

you have the right to be adopted, whether your parents

0:50:380:50:41

are living or deceased. So, it won't be an issue.

0:50:410:50:43

Well, then, that's great.

0:50:430:50:46

Now, John, I want to make this perfectly clear.

0:50:460:50:49

I don't want a word of this out there

0:50:490:50:51

until the adoption is complete. Not a word.

0:50:510:50:53

As your lawyer, I'm legally bound not to discuss it.

0:50:530:50:57

I know, but, you know, in casual conversation.

0:50:570:51:02

No-one...

0:51:020:51:03

I mean, no-one has ever been closer to me

0:51:030:51:06

than this young man.

0:51:060:51:10

I want to make sure he's taken care of forever...

0:51:100:51:13

no matter what happens to me.

0:51:130:51:16

'The coat costs 300,000.'

0:51:160:51:19

It is made entirely of virgin white fox.

0:51:190:51:22

The train is 16 feet long -

0:51:220:51:24

that is the longest in the world.

0:51:240:51:26

It was designed exclusively for him by Anna Nateece.

0:51:260:51:30

It has 100,000 worth of Austrian crystals which line it.

0:51:300:51:35

And that is why it is the only coat in the world

0:51:350:51:37

with its own chauffeur and car.

0:51:370:51:40

Oh, my God!

0:51:400:51:42

-Would you sign this?

-Sure, yes.

0:51:420:51:44

-Please. My name is Sue.

-Sue.

0:51:440:51:45

But, dear, you can ask him.

0:51:450:51:47

Oh, I know.

0:51:470:51:49

There you are.

0:51:540:51:55

-3.

-Thank you.

0:51:560:51:59

You're Liberace's son, aren't you?

0:52:020:52:06

'So, how you doing, Ma?'

0:52:090:52:11

You happy?

0:52:110:52:13

It is what it is.

0:52:130:52:15

Well, is the nurse working out for you?

0:52:160:52:19

Yeah, I think so.

0:52:190:52:21

I mean, they're fine.

0:52:210:52:23

So, is there anything that you need?

0:52:250:52:28

No.

0:52:280:52:30

No, I'm just lonely, that's all.

0:52:300:52:33

You can't do anything for loneliness.

0:52:330:52:37

Well, you've got George and Dora, right?

0:52:400:52:42

They're a few minutes away. Don't they come down for a visit?

0:52:420:52:46

Same faces.

0:52:460:52:48

Every day, same faces.

0:52:480:52:51

So, do you want me to bring Angie from LA?

0:52:560:52:58

-Bring her down?

-Oh, no!

0:52:580:53:00

No, don't need that.

0:53:000:53:02

Please, I don't need that. No.

0:53:020:53:04

No. All I need is to be near you.

0:53:040:53:08

But, you know, out here, all alone, I don't know...

0:53:080:53:12

it's every day the same.

0:53:120:53:13

You know, but you, you have... It's too much.

0:53:130:53:16

Oh, oh, oh! Oh, oh, oh, oh.

0:53:160:53:19

But I know... it's too much.

0:53:210:53:24

You always going to give everything, you're so busy,

0:53:240:53:27

it's too much! I understand.

0:53:270:53:29

Give my son some more iced tea, please.

0:53:290:53:32

This will be good for you, not this.

0:53:320:53:34

Mm-mm.

0:53:340:53:36

APPLAUSE

0:53:360:53:39

Thank you.

0:53:430:53:45

Oh, thank you so much.

0:53:450:53:47

Oh.

0:53:470:53:49

You're all just so wonderful.

0:53:490:53:51

I feel so close to you all.

0:53:510:53:54

I feel like I can tell you something that I haven't told anyone at all.

0:53:540:53:58

But you have to promise it stays in this room.

0:53:580:54:01

RIPPLE OF LAUGHTER

0:54:010:54:02

In my early days...

0:54:020:54:05

before sound was invented...

0:54:050:54:07

Well, I look pretty good for 35, don't I?

0:54:080:54:12

CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

0:54:120:54:14

Well, anyway,

0:54:190:54:21

back then, classical piano players

0:54:210:54:23

always wore black tuxedos.

0:54:230:54:25

Plain old black tuxedos.

0:54:250:54:28

My mother, she wanted me to be classical

0:54:280:54:32

but I just couldn't stay out of the saloons.

0:54:320:54:34

LAUGHTER

0:54:340:54:36

But I did have a concert at the Hollywood Bowl

0:54:360:54:39

and I was excited.

0:54:390:54:41

If you've never been there, it's open air, it's tremendous!

0:54:410:54:45

It's got 10,000 people!

0:54:450:54:48

I show up for the rehearsal,

0:54:480:54:51

and I look at this vast... this beautiful,

0:54:510:54:54

enormous open-air theatre.

0:54:540:54:58

And I look at the black piano.

0:54:580:55:02

I think, "Hmm.

0:55:020:55:04

"Black piano, black tuxedo.

0:55:040:55:08

"Who is going to see me in this giant clam shell?"

0:55:080:55:12

LAUGHTER

0:55:120:55:14

Well, I ask you, can you see me now?

0:55:140:55:17

CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

0:55:170:55:21

MUSIC: Begin The Beguine

0:55:370:55:39

'All I'm saying is...'

0:55:590:56:01

why can't we have fun?

0:56:010:56:02

-Kvetch, kvetch, kvetch!

-See people, you know?

0:56:020:56:05

Go to a party every once in a while.

0:56:050:56:08

-All I do is give, give, give!

-Maybe see somebody.

0:56:080:56:10

And no matter how much I buy you, it's never enough!

0:56:100:56:12

I'm not asking you to buy me anything, Lee.

0:56:120:56:15

I'm just... I'm crawling the walls a little, that's all.

0:56:150:56:18

Why can't we see people?

0:56:180:56:20

What are you talking about?

0:56:200:56:21

I took you to the Jim Nabors- Dom DeLuise concert.

0:56:210:56:24

That was... that was one time.

0:56:240:56:27

Scott, I'm tired. I work all night. This is not an inexpensive life.

0:56:270:56:31

I know, but you don't even let me go out by myself!

0:56:310:56:33

-Why?

-I don't know!

0:56:330:56:35

Just to go out and see people

0:56:350:56:38

and talk to them. Just for a break!

0:56:380:56:41

A break from me?

0:56:410:56:43

-Why do you need a break from me?

-I don't need a break from...

0:56:430:56:45

I mean for you to come with me! I can't say anything right.

0:56:450:56:48

Please don't be unhappy.

0:56:480:56:50

I can't stand it when you have a face like that.

0:56:500:56:52

Especially after the money I paid for it.

0:56:520:56:54

Oh, you want it back?

0:56:540:56:55

You want me to invite Charo for brunch again?

0:56:550:56:57

-You liked her.

-Yeah, I like her fine, but...

0:56:570:57:00

But what?! What is it with you? It's never enough!

0:57:000:57:03

What more can I give?

0:57:030:57:05

I'm not...

0:57:050:57:07

I'm happy, OK? I am.

0:57:080:57:11

It's just... You have to try to understand...

0:57:110:57:15

being somebody's boyfriend?

0:57:150:57:16

This is not exactly the life that I had planned for myself, you know?

0:57:160:57:21

I mean, I was going to be a veterinarian.

0:57:210:57:24

You want to help animals?

0:57:240:57:27

Pick up the dog shit.

0:57:270:57:28

SCOTT SCOFFS

0:57:280:57:29

And you listen to me.

0:57:300:57:32

You stop taking those pills, OK?

0:57:320:57:34

Jack gives you too much.

0:57:340:57:36

He's got some people addicted, I hear.

0:57:360:57:38

You're getting too thin, you're always in a mood.

0:57:380:57:41

-People are noticing.

-Oh, who? Seymour?

0:57:410:57:43

Seymour hates me.

0:57:430:57:44

-They all hate me.

-See, this is what I mean.

0:57:440:57:46

It's that shit talking!

0:57:460:57:48

HE SIGHS

0:57:490:57:51

Hey, you know what a woman said to me in the casino today?

0:57:560:58:00

She asked me if I was Liberace's son.

0:58:000:58:03

-Really?

-Mm-hmm.

0:58:060:58:09

HE CHUCKLES

0:58:090:58:10

Oh.

0:58:100:58:11

-Come here.

-No, no, no.

0:58:110:58:14

-Come here.

-No.

-Come here.

0:58:140:58:15

You don't get anything. You get nothing.

0:58:150:58:18

I get it all.

0:58:190:58:21

-Yes, I do. Please.

-Can I ask you a question?

0:58:210:58:23

-Yes.

-Can we go out?

0:58:230:58:25

Oh...

0:58:250:58:27

Walter was a twin.

0:58:310:58:33

Really? He never told me.

0:58:330:58:35

Yeah, but the twin was born dead.

0:58:350:58:37

But Walter...

0:58:390:58:41

Walter, he weighed 13 pounds.

0:58:410:58:45

Even in the womb, he wanted more than anyone else!

0:58:470:58:50

What's a mother to do?

0:58:510:58:54

She loves the child more.

0:58:540:58:56

Now the world must give him what he needs.

0:58:560:58:59

Mm-hmm.

0:58:590:59:01

God. God gives us the power.

0:59:010:59:05

It's not luck.

0:59:070:59:09

It's who you are.

0:59:090:59:11

SHE GASPS ALARM RINGS

0:59:130:59:14

-Oh!

-Whoa!

-I win, I win!

0:59:140:59:17

I win, I win. Look, look, look, I wi...

0:59:170:59:21

Lee?

0:59:210:59:23

Lee.

0:59:230:59:24

-Lee.

-What? What is it?

0:59:240:59:26

She won, but there's no money in the machine.

0:59:260:59:28

Oh, for chrissakes.

0:59:280:59:30

I don't have any change.

0:59:310:59:33

She won big.

0:59:330:59:35

Do you have anything?

0:59:350:59:37

Gladys, do you have any cash on you?

0:59:370:59:39

'So, Ma, this is all we have.'

0:59:390:59:41

But look how much I won.

0:59:410:59:43

No, I know, but we don't have any more cash.

0:59:430:59:45

But...

0:59:450:59:47

OK. OK.

0:59:470:59:50

So I'll take a cheque.

0:59:500:59:53

Are you proposing to me?

1:00:001:00:01

I just don't have a lot of ready cash available, so...

1:00:011:00:06

I can't go to Lee, cos he doesn't want me taking it any more.

1:00:061:00:09

Well, that's silly.

1:00:091:00:10

He wants you to stay skinny, doesn't he?

1:00:101:00:13

Silly.

1:00:131:00:15

I mean, I'd like to wean myself off it...

1:00:151:00:17

eventually, but, er...

1:00:171:00:19

I have it under manageable control now.

1:00:191:00:20

I don't even think I'm going to take them on the European tour.

1:00:201:00:24

Totally up to you.

1:00:241:00:26

The body flushes it out.

1:00:261:00:27

There are no studies that show it's addicting.

1:00:271:00:30

It's perfectly fine.

1:00:301:00:32

You look terrific, by the way.

1:00:321:00:34

Oh, my God.

1:00:371:00:39

-MAN ON TV:

-Oh, God.

1:00:391:00:40

How does he get that whole thing down his throat?

1:00:401:00:42

It's bigger than his head!

1:00:421:00:45

It's a freak show!

1:00:451:00:47

I don't know how you can be gay and be such a prude.

1:00:471:00:50

I'm bisexual.

1:00:501:00:52

Well, which half likes women?

1:00:541:00:55

I haven't met that half yet.

1:00:551:00:58

You know, you're such a booper.

1:00:581:01:00

Such a party pooper-booper.

1:01:001:01:03

I don't even know why you need that.

1:01:041:01:07

I don't need it.

1:01:071:01:09

I enjoy it. It enhances it.

1:01:091:01:12

Sexuality is something beautiful.

1:01:121:01:15

Right. So how can you watch those disgusting things being done?

1:01:151:01:19

Disgusting is in the eyes of the disgusting.

1:01:191:01:22

There's nothing wrong with any part of the human body.

1:01:221:01:25

It's all God's creation.

1:01:251:01:27

Well, God didn't make certain parts for certain things.

1:01:271:01:30

It's variety, Scott.

1:01:301:01:32

It's what keeps a relationship fresh.

1:01:321:01:34

You know, you are such a prude!

1:01:341:01:36

I am not.

1:01:361:01:38

Then why won't you let me fuck you sometime?

1:01:381:01:40

-Forget it.

-Why not?

1:01:441:01:46

-Because I don't like it.

-Why?

1:01:461:01:48

Because it's kind of repugnant.

1:01:481:01:50

I'm repugnant?

1:01:511:01:53

No! Not you.

1:01:531:01:55

It.

1:01:551:01:57

That. Doing that.

1:01:581:01:59

Only when it's done to you.

1:02:001:02:03

Yes.

1:02:031:02:04

I can't help it.

1:02:041:02:06

-Well, you never tried it.

-Oh, God!

1:02:061:02:08

Because I know I wouldn't like it.

1:02:081:02:10

If you loved me, you'd try it.

1:02:101:02:12

If you loved me, you wouldn't ask me to do something I hate.

1:02:121:02:15

Oh, God!

1:02:151:02:16

All of a sudden we're sounding like a gay Lucy and Ricky.

1:02:161:02:19

"Oh, Ricky, you wouldn't fuck me up the ass

1:02:191:02:22

"if you really loved me."

1:02:221:02:23

Why am I the Lucy?

1:02:231:02:25

Because I'm the band leader

1:02:251:02:27

with the nightclub act.

1:02:271:02:29

PHONE RINGS

1:02:321:02:35

Hello.

1:02:381:02:40

Hold on.

1:02:411:02:43

It's your sister.

1:02:431:02:45

Angie, what?

1:02:481:02:50

When?

1:02:531:02:55

OK.

1:02:561:02:58

Did you call... what's his name?

1:02:591:03:02

OK. OK.

1:03:041:03:07

All right, let me call Seymour on this.

1:03:071:03:10

It'll be first thing in the morning.

1:03:101:03:13

Yeah.

1:03:131:03:14

OK.

1:03:141:03:16

Lee, what?

1:03:211:03:23

Mama died.

1:03:261:03:28

Oh, no.

1:03:281:03:30

Oh, no.

1:03:301:03:33

Oh, Lee, I'm so sorry.

1:03:331:03:35

You have been amazing these past few days.

1:04:111:04:15

We haven't even had a chance to talk.

1:04:151:04:17

How are you feeling?

1:04:171:04:19

I'm free.

1:04:211:04:23

You're going to love this.

1:04:301:04:32

-Mm-mm.

-Come on. Just this one time.

1:04:321:04:35

No, I don't want to.

1:04:351:04:36

Pooch, pooch, pooch, come on. Ride my little scooter!

1:04:361:04:40

You can ride my little scooter!

1:04:401:04:42

-Don't tickle me.

-Let's see.

1:04:421:04:45

Oh, Daddy!

1:04:451:04:46

HE SNIFFS

1:05:031:05:06

FUNK MUSIC PLAYS

1:05:191:05:22

Lee?

1:05:221:05:24

Lee?

1:05:251:05:26

MOANING FROM TELEVISIONS

1:05:261:05:30

Lee?

1:05:351:05:37

Lee?

1:05:411:05:43

Hey! Someone's in here! What the fuck?!

1:05:431:05:46

HE CHUCKLES

1:06:051:06:07

What are you doing?

1:06:071:06:10

Why was I on the couch?

1:06:361:06:39

Because I couldn't bear you last night.

1:06:391:06:42

And if you keep taking that junk,

1:06:421:06:43

you'll be lucky to stay on the couch.

1:06:431:06:45

Well, about last night...

1:06:451:06:46

I'm not ready for apologies yet, OK.

1:06:461:06:48

Apology? Fuck you!

1:06:481:06:50

You are a well-known star.

1:06:521:06:55

Are you out of your mind?

1:06:551:06:57

Going to a place like that?

1:06:571:07:00

What if somebody recognised you...

1:07:001:07:02

and called the papers?

1:07:021:07:03

I mean, Jesus!

1:07:031:07:05

When the London papers said I was gay,

1:07:051:07:06

I took them to court and won the lawsuit.

1:07:061:07:09

They retracted the story and they paid for it.

1:07:091:07:11

Only because they didn't have a witness of you in a room of dildos...

1:07:111:07:15

with your dick hanging out in a glory hole.

1:07:151:07:17

Are you out of your fucking mind?!

1:07:171:07:20

Jesus, if Seymour found out.

1:07:201:07:23

I mean, the millions he spends...

1:07:231:07:26

keeping fans thinking you just haven't met the right woman?

1:07:261:07:30

Oh, Scott, you're right.

1:07:301:07:32

You're so right - I got to stop.

1:07:321:07:34

Never again, I promise, never again.

1:07:341:07:37

I swear to God.

1:07:371:07:39

You're so good for me.

1:07:411:07:43

I don't know what it is.

1:07:431:07:44

I can't stop myself sometimes.

1:07:441:07:46

It's like a drug, you know?

1:07:461:07:49

Like when you need a stronger fix each time?

1:07:491:07:52

You have to help me.

1:07:531:07:55

I'll do whatever you want...

1:07:571:08:00

you crazy old queen.

1:08:001:08:02

You know that.

1:08:031:08:05

Just keep loving me.

1:08:051:08:07

But I want you to stop seeing Dr Startz.

1:08:101:08:14

I mean it.

1:08:141:08:15

GENERAL CHATTER

1:08:191:08:23

-The entrance? Show stopper.

-Thank you.

1:08:351:08:38

Hello! Finally, you come to one of my shows.

1:08:381:08:41

No, I was here last year, remember?

1:08:411:08:43

So, this is new, right?

1:08:431:08:45

I have new costumes every year,

1:08:451:08:47

it's in my contract. You like it?

1:08:471:08:49

You did it again.

1:08:491:08:50

It just gets bigger and bigger, right?

1:08:501:08:52

One day, Lee, I think you're going to play the piano while you fly.

1:08:521:08:55

Ray's working on that.

1:08:551:08:56

-Scott, why don't you get him a drink?

-You heard the maestro.

1:08:561:08:59

-Do your thing, Lee.

-Bonjour!

1:08:591:09:01

You guys, how did you like the pool?

1:09:011:09:03

What would you like?

1:09:031:09:05

The money you owe me from last time and a Jim Beam neat.

1:09:051:09:08

I don't have any cash right now.

1:09:081:09:10

-Did you wear your little Speedos?

-I did.

1:09:101:09:13

Well, I'll accept whatever's handy, guy.

1:09:131:09:15

Did you notice the "L" on the front?

1:09:151:09:18

It was missing an "A" on the back.

1:09:181:09:21

You're cute.

1:09:211:09:22

-You are very cute.

-Stop.

1:09:221:09:23

I like that.

1:09:231:09:25

HE SNORTS

1:09:421:09:44

'So, how is the songwriting going?'

1:09:531:09:56

Good.

1:09:561:09:57

I had some positive feedback.

1:09:571:10:00

When are you going to let me hear one of your songs?

1:10:001:10:02

-I don't know.

-Why?

1:10:021:10:04

Cos I'm afraid you wouldn't like it.

1:10:041:10:07

But I'm proud of what you're doing!

1:10:071:10:09

I'm like a proud papa!

1:10:091:10:10

I think it's great!

1:10:101:10:14

Maybe when I'm done with this one, you can hear it.

1:10:141:10:16

Whenever you want me to hear.

1:10:161:10:18

Scott, we should talk.

1:10:301:10:32

I think our relationship is in a really good place, don't you?

1:10:341:10:38

-Mm-hmm.

-I do.

1:10:381:10:41

So I think it'd be a good thing for us...

1:10:411:10:44

if we were able to see other people too.

1:10:441:10:46

I don't mean like you and me.

1:10:461:10:49

I mean, nothing will ever be like us.

1:10:491:10:52

I just know there are things that I like to do that you don't

1:10:521:10:55

and things that you like to do that I don't.

1:10:551:10:58

And I just think that we're in such a good place

1:10:581:11:01

that we can allow each other, you know, to do that

1:11:011:11:04

and still love each other and stay together.

1:11:041:11:09

What do you think?

1:11:101:11:12

OK. You know, if that's what you want.

1:11:141:11:17

I think it'd be good for us.

1:11:191:11:21

I really do.

1:11:211:11:23

Lee, he is just a friend!

1:11:231:11:26

He is helping me with my songs! I told you I had meetings with him!

1:11:261:11:29

You're just like the rest of them. All I do is give and give and give.

1:11:291:11:32

All you want is what you can get out of me.

1:11:321:11:35

I bet you can't wait for me to die so you can get everything!

1:11:351:11:38

-Hey, the will was your idea!

-Jekyll and Hyde!

1:11:381:11:41

That's what you are!

1:11:411:11:42

I never know who's going to show up!

1:11:421:11:44

God knows what you do when I'm onstage.

1:11:441:11:46

-I don't do anything!

-How many others are there, huh?

1:11:461:11:49

-How many?!

-There aren't any others, Lee, I'm telling you!

1:11:491:11:52

Well, I'm telling you, you can't have it all.

1:11:521:11:55

It's either me or nothing.

1:11:551:11:58

Me or him.

1:11:581:12:00

Who? He's a friend!

1:12:001:12:02

He's a fuck buddy!

1:12:021:12:04

If anybody's fucking around, it's you.

1:12:041:12:07

I know you, Lee. You haven't wanted it from me in weeks.

1:12:071:12:10

Don't tell me you've been doing without, you old queen.

1:12:101:12:13

Who the hell do you think you're talking to?

1:12:171:12:21

..people out here and it seems a bit out of control.

1:12:301:12:32

Where's Lee?

1:12:321:12:34

Have a couple of guys come help with security,

1:12:341:12:36

wait on the stairs at night, just to stop the crowds.

1:12:361:12:38

-Otherwise...

-Hey, Jim, how's the house tonight?

1:12:381:12:41

MUSIC PLAYS

1:12:441:12:48

# Every time I sing my song

1:12:521:12:55

# It takes me right to you

1:12:551:12:59

# I want to make you smile each day

1:12:591:13:02

# And see your dreams come true

1:13:021:13:05

# I want to hear you laugh for joy

1:13:051:13:08

# Oh, boy, how much I do!

1:13:081:13:12

# Cos every time I sing my song

1:13:121:13:15

# I belong with you

1:13:151:13:19

# Every time I hum your tune?

1:13:191:13:22

# It brings you straight to me

1:13:221:13:25

# I want to fill your day with bells

1:13:251:13:28

# And play your melody

1:13:281:13:32

# I love the music that we share

1:13:321:13:35

# I care, oh, that I do!

1:13:351:13:38

# And every time I sing my song... #

1:13:381:13:42

'You know, it's been my dream'

1:13:421:13:44

to be on the Academy Awards, and finally I am.

1:13:441:13:46

Isn't that fabulous?

1:13:461:13:48

I'm going to play a medley of the nominated scores

1:13:481:13:50

and then present the award for Best Score.

1:13:501:13:53

Just to be able to hold one of those gold statues...

1:13:531:13:56

I know exactly what I'm going to wear.

1:13:561:13:59

Cary, do me a favour. Can you get me a towel?

1:13:591:14:01

Of course, of course.

1:14:011:14:02

I want to hear about that outfit when I come back.

1:14:021:14:05

SCOTT MUMBLES TO HIMSELF

1:14:291:14:33

Who are you talking to, Mumbles?

1:14:361:14:39

Nobody.

1:14:421:14:44

What's the matter?

1:14:481:14:50

Why is he always hanging around?

1:14:521:14:55

Who?

1:14:561:14:59

Who?

1:14:591:15:00

Who?

1:15:021:15:03

That boy that you want to fuck

1:15:051:15:07

from Young Americans.

1:15:071:15:09

Oh, please.

1:15:091:15:11

Oh, please.

1:15:111:15:12

Why is that little bitch always in our dressing room?

1:15:121:15:16

Cary is my opening act, Scott.

1:15:161:15:19

He can come and go as he pleases.

1:15:191:15:22

Are you fucking him?

1:15:261:15:28

Are you stoned?

1:15:301:15:32

No, I'm upset!

1:15:321:15:33

Can't you tell the difference?

1:15:331:15:35

No, I can't. But if you're on that shit,

1:15:351:15:37

-I'm warning you...

-I'm not! I'm upset!

1:15:371:15:39

-..I will not put up with this any more.

-Don't change the subject!

1:15:391:15:41

-Stop that! Stop it!

-I know you, Lee!

1:15:411:15:43

I'm exhausted!

1:15:431:15:44

I work, you know?

1:15:461:15:49

And I have to meet Seymour very early in the morning

1:15:491:15:51

about the Academy Awards presentation.

1:15:511:15:54

I see you looking at him.

1:15:591:16:02

What?

1:16:021:16:04

That boy.

1:16:041:16:06

I watch you watch him.

1:16:061:16:08

I think he's very talented.

1:16:081:16:11

I have an eye for new and refreshing talent.

1:16:111:16:13

You have an eye for new and refreshing dick.

1:16:131:16:15

You're disgusting.

1:16:151:16:17

If you're so interested in talent...

1:16:171:16:20

have you listened to my songs?

1:16:201:16:22

I haven't had a chance to give it my full attention.

1:16:231:16:27

Are you tired of me?

1:16:281:16:30

Am I too old for you?

1:16:301:16:32

Well, this song you're singing is beginning to get a little old.

1:16:321:16:36

I don't want him around after the shows any more.

1:16:411:16:44

What a little brat you've become.

1:16:441:16:46

I thought you liked being around people your own age.

1:16:461:16:48

You're always complaining we're never with anyone else, you know?

1:16:481:16:50

You said we weren't doing the "seeing other people" thing any more!

1:16:501:16:52

-We're not!

-Then how come we haven't been together for so long?

1:16:521:16:56

Because you're always stoned and you can't get it up!

1:16:561:16:59

I can get it up!

1:16:591:17:00

-Oh, Christ, I hit a nerve.

-I CAN GET IT UP!

1:17:001:17:02

-All right, all right!

-I know you!

1:17:021:17:04

You can barely make it through a performance without wanting to fuck!

1:17:041:17:06

-Where do you get it?

-It's terrible, the way you talk to me!

1:17:061:17:09

-You're getting it on the outside! Where do you go?

-You're terrible!

1:17:091:17:11

-Do you go to the White House?

-Where my mother died?

1:17:111:17:13

-Are you insane?

-Oh, so you do go somewhere.

1:17:131:17:15

Where, huh?

1:17:151:17:17

Where, Lee?!

1:17:171:17:19

You're being paranoid, Scott,

1:17:191:17:21

because of that shit.

1:17:211:17:23

Now, I am warning you... this better stop.

1:17:231:17:26

'So who's doing the arrangements for the medley?'

1:17:311:17:33

I'll find out. Probably Bill or his assistant.

1:17:331:17:36

I bet that Vangelis kid wins, you know?

1:17:361:17:39

I'm hearing him all over the radio.

1:17:391:17:41

DOOR SLAMS SHUT

1:17:411:17:42

I'm going to LA for the afternoon.

1:17:551:17:57

I'll be back in time for the show.

1:18:021:18:05

HE SIGHS

1:18:101:18:11

I just want to make sure I have enough rehearsal time.

1:18:141:18:18

And now he's going to use me,

1:18:391:18:42

use me up and toss me out,

1:18:421:18:43

I know he is, I know he is.

1:18:431:18:46

This one's rigged.

1:18:461:18:47

-I love him, you know?

-That one's not rigged.

1:18:471:18:50

I love him.

1:18:501:18:51

I mean...

1:18:511:18:54

he's been my whole world.

1:18:541:18:56

He's my, he's my best friend.

1:18:581:19:00

He's been better, better than a father.

1:19:001:19:03

He was going to adopt me. You know that?

1:19:031:19:05

Really? You can adopt someone you're fucking?

1:19:051:19:07

That's a great law.

1:19:071:19:08

-He said he always wanted to make sure that I was taken care of.

-Right.

1:19:081:19:12

Look, you're practically married, right?

1:19:121:19:14

Nobody ever took care of me the way he did.

1:19:141:19:17

I have nothing without him.

1:19:171:19:21

I don't even have my own fucking face!

1:19:211:19:22

My fucking face is fucking gone for-fucking-ever, man!!

1:19:221:19:25

Hey, hey, hey. Tranquilo, OK?

1:19:251:19:28

Calm down.

1:19:281:19:30

Look at me. You're practically married, right?

1:19:301:19:32

So, he should take care of you

1:19:321:19:33

in the style to which you are accustomed.

1:19:331:19:35

That's a law too.

1:19:351:19:36

I'm in the will, but...

1:19:361:19:38

a lot of good that does me now.

1:19:381:19:40

Being with him's like a full-time job, correct?

1:19:401:19:42

25 hours a day.

1:19:421:19:44

Yeah. So three words -

1:19:441:19:46

sev-er-ance, all right?

1:19:461:19:47

People who get fired get compensated.

1:19:471:19:50

He's my whole world.

1:19:561:19:58

MUSIC: Nocturne in E Flat Major, Op 9, No 2

1:20:001:20:06

There you are,

1:20:341:20:35

you cocksucking tenor fuck.

1:20:351:20:39

There's a call for you.

1:20:421:20:44

Joe Carracappa.

1:20:441:20:46

-Joe!

-Hey, Scott.

1:20:541:20:55

Hey, I'm sorry, I have to run. I have to make an entrance.

1:20:551:20:58

Rose...passed away this morning, Scott.

1:20:581:21:01

What?

1:21:031:21:05

-She's been sick.

-For how long?

1:21:051:21:09

A while.

1:21:091:21:10

She never said anything to me.

1:21:101:21:12

Well, you know how she is.

1:21:121:21:16

Was.

1:21:161:21:18

Can you come home, Scott? It'd be good to see you.

1:21:201:21:24

We're having services.

1:21:241:21:26

Yeah.

1:21:291:21:31

Yeah, of course.

1:21:311:21:33

'I am so excited.'

1:21:331:21:35

The Academy Awards has been a dream of mine.

1:21:351:21:37

That and Radio City Music Hall.

1:21:371:21:40

One down, one to go.

1:21:401:21:42

THEY CHUCKLE

1:21:421:21:43

My mom wants On Golden Pond to win everything.

1:21:431:21:45

Yes, wouldn't that be sweet for the old folks to win?

1:21:451:21:48

And I'm so glad that Jane Fonda stopped all those causes of hers

1:21:481:21:52

and made a nice movie with her father.

1:21:521:21:55

I just don't understand people like her and Ed Asner,

1:21:551:21:58

shouting their opinions all over the place.

1:21:581:22:02

Listen to me, because you're all on your way.

1:22:021:22:05

When one reaches star status,

1:22:051:22:08

it is not an invitation to show everyone

1:22:081:22:10

how to change the world.

1:22:101:22:12

It is not our business to change the world.

1:22:121:22:16

We are here to entertain the world

1:22:161:22:19

and to sell drinks and souvenirs.

1:22:191:22:21

These kids better go get ready for the next show

1:22:211:22:24

if they're going to entertain anybody.

1:22:241:22:26

Will you watch us tonight? We put a new song in just for you.

1:22:261:22:29

Of course I will! Especially if you put in a new song for me.

1:22:291:22:32

Go on now.

1:22:321:22:34

I'm going to get my beauty nap.

1:22:341:22:36

-Lee.

-Please, do not start an argument.

1:22:481:22:51

I have to eat, and take my nap before the next show.

1:22:511:22:54

I have no time.

1:22:541:22:56

I got a call today...

1:23:051:23:07

from Joe Carracappa.

1:23:071:23:10

The family that I lived with when I met you.

1:23:121:23:15

And Rose...

1:23:171:23:19

my...

1:23:191:23:22

Joe's wife...

1:23:221:23:25

she died.

1:23:251:23:27

Oh, Scott, I...

1:23:311:23:33

I'm so sorry, Scott.

1:23:331:23:35

She was your favourite, wasn't she?

1:23:351:23:38

There is a funeral tomorrow...

1:23:391:23:41

in Los Angeles.

1:23:411:23:44

I will be booking a ticket in the morning.

1:23:441:23:46

-No, no, no, no.

-I don't know what time I'm going to get back.

1:23:461:23:49

I'll call Seymour in the morning, OK?

1:23:491:23:51

And I'll hire a Learjet and you can take that.

1:23:511:23:56

And this way, it'll be more private

1:23:561:23:58

and you won't have to worry about reservations.

1:23:581:24:01

You come back any time that you're ready tomorrow.

1:24:011:24:06

Come on, now.

1:24:111:24:13

SCOTT SOBS

1:24:131:24:17

It's just been so long since we've been nice to each other...

1:24:181:24:22

and I was forgetting what it felt like.

1:24:221:24:25

Well, let's just keep being nice to each other, hmm?

1:24:281:24:33

How about that?

1:24:331:24:35

PLANE ENGINE SOARS OVERHEAD

1:24:401:24:44

Hi, Gladys.

1:25:091:25:11

-Hey.

-Hey, kid.

1:25:151:25:17

I didn't know you were visiting.

1:25:171:25:19

Lee invited me for the day. I heard about Rose.

1:25:191:25:21

-Yeah.

-I'm sorry.

-Thanks.

1:25:211:25:24

Where's Lee?

1:25:241:25:26

He has his final fitting for the Oscars.

1:25:261:25:29

Come out by the pool when you've settled in.

1:25:291:25:33

Hey, Bob?

1:25:331:25:35

-What's going on?

-What?

1:25:361:25:38

It just feels weird.

1:25:381:25:41

Is there something I don't know about?

1:25:411:25:43

Well...

1:25:471:25:49

..yeah.

1:25:511:25:53

Yeah.

1:25:531:25:55

Last night...

1:25:561:25:58

you know, the kid that he... Right?

1:25:581:26:01

Cary, I think his...

1:26:031:26:05

MUSIC: 24 Preludes, Op 28: Prelude No 4 in E Minor

1:26:051:26:09

INAUDIBLE

1:26:201:26:25

CRASHING

1:27:021:27:05

We should move you to the Palm Springs house this afternoon.

1:27:121:27:14

Let's wait in the den.

1:27:161:27:18

LOUD CLATTER

1:27:181:27:21

-I'm not calling him.

-So don't.

1:27:421:27:44

I mean, he's in the wrong.

1:27:471:27:49

He should call me and apologise to me.

1:27:491:27:51

He fooled around on you.

1:27:511:27:52

I mean, who's the injured party here, guy?

1:27:521:27:56

I'm not calling him.

1:27:561:27:58

So if his phone doesn't ring,

1:27:581:27:59

it's probably you.

1:27:591:28:01

It's the only way men learn.

1:28:011:28:03

Telling you.

1:28:031:28:04

-I am not calling him.

-So don't.

1:28:051:28:08

You scumbag, piece of shit...

1:28:081:28:11

fairy, fucking queen cocksucker!

1:28:111:28:14

-That's what I'm talking about!

-How dare you!

1:28:141:28:16

-Fucking A!

-How fucking dare you, Lee! I could kill you!

1:28:161:28:19

-I could fucking kill you!

-Yeah, put that in your pipe and smoke it, baby.

1:28:191:28:23

He hung up.

1:28:241:28:25

Whoo!

1:28:251:28:27

Oh.

1:28:281:28:29

Mr Schnelker.

1:28:331:28:35

This is Scott Thorson's brother, Wayne.

1:28:351:28:37

Half-brother.

1:28:371:28:38

He's here to help us.

1:28:381:28:40

Now as I said on the phone,

1:28:401:28:41

Lee wants you to inform Mr Scott Thorson

1:28:411:28:43

his employment has been terminated

1:28:431:28:45

and he must vacate the apartment immediately.

1:28:451:28:48

Also, if possible,

1:28:481:28:49

we'd like you to convince Scott to admit himself

1:28:491:28:51

to a hospital for treatment, at our expense.

1:28:511:28:55

Dorothy, June.

1:28:551:28:56

Mr Heller. He's on the couch.

1:28:561:28:58

Stay by the elevator. Wayne?

1:28:581:29:01

Scott?

1:29:041:29:05

Scott?

1:29:071:29:08

SCOTT SNIFFS

1:29:081:29:10

Scott?

1:29:101:29:12

This is Tracy.

1:29:131:29:15

A private investigator.

1:29:151:29:17

He's come to ask you to leave.

1:29:171:29:19

Get out of my house!

1:29:221:29:24

Get out of my house!

1:29:241:29:26

-I only came to help.

-I'm going to fucking get you out.

1:29:261:29:29

-He's going to get a gun!

-Has he got a gun?

1:29:371:29:39

-He has two.

-Don't let him get the guns.

1:29:391:29:42

Let's go, brother.

1:29:421:29:43

Stay back!

1:29:461:29:48

Stay back, don't you come in here!

1:29:481:29:49

I'm calling the police! I'm calling the police!

1:29:491:29:52

-Back off!

-Fine.

1:29:521:29:54

I wish you would call the police.

1:29:541:29:57

Scott, if you would take advantage of our assistance,

1:29:571:29:59

I'd be happy to call a doctor and we can help you.

1:29:591:30:01

Just fucking shut up!

1:30:011:30:04

-Do you want me to help you?

-Shut up!

1:30:041:30:05

Back off! I will fucking hit you!

1:30:051:30:09

Hello, hello? Hello.

1:30:091:30:11

Yes, I want the, er...

1:30:111:30:14

-I want the...

-Scott.

1:30:141:30:16

-Who the fuck is this?

-Scott.

1:30:161:30:18

Fucking don't!

1:30:181:30:20

I will call the fucking Mafia, and they will come here

1:30:201:30:22

and bring you to the desert and fucking bury you!

1:30:221:30:25

Stay back!

1:30:251:30:27

Scott!

1:30:351:30:36

Scott!

1:30:361:30:38

I want to talk to Lee!

1:30:381:30:39

KNOCKS ON DOOR

1:30:431:30:45

I want to talk to Lee.

1:30:451:30:48

That's not going to happen, Scott.

1:30:481:30:50

You know what? Fine.

1:30:521:30:54

If this is how he wants to handle this kind of situation...

1:30:541:30:58

then I want to leave.

1:30:581:31:01

But I am taking all of my personal belongings with me.

1:31:011:31:04

All of them, Seymour, or I will fucking sue you!

1:31:041:31:07

Listen. You have my word.

1:31:071:31:10

If you vacate the apartment now,

1:31:101:31:12

you can come back during the Academy Awards...

1:31:121:31:15

and I'll have all your belongings ready for you to pick up.

1:31:151:31:18

Wow.

1:31:201:31:22

Stick it in and break it off, huh?

1:31:221:31:24

From the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

1:31:311:31:34

in Los Angeles, California...

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Wow.

1:31:361:31:37

..the 54th annual Academy Awards!

1:31:371:31:42

APPLAUSE ON TV

1:31:421:31:44

Wow.

1:31:481:31:50

MUSIC PLAYS ON TV

1:31:521:31:56

PIANO PLAYS ON TV

1:32:011:32:05

APPLAUSE

1:32:101:32:14

Actually, though, it's kind of a cokey piano.

1:32:221:32:24

Is it true that you and Liberace

1:32:431:32:44

made an oral agreement when you first went to work for him

1:32:441:32:47

-and moved from Los Angeles to Las Vegas?

-Yes.

1:32:471:32:50

You contend that at some later date after making that oral agreement,

1:32:501:32:53

the oral agreement was put into a written agreement

1:32:531:32:55

-prepared by attorney Joel Strote?

-Yes.

1:32:551:32:57

-Where he made certain promises to you.

-Yes.

1:32:571:33:01

-Did you ever sign that written agreement?

-Yes, I did.

1:33:011:33:03

-Did Liberace ever sign that written agreement?

-Yes.

1:33:031:33:06

Did you ever receive a copy of it?

1:33:061:33:08

Joel Strote has my copy.

1:33:081:33:11

Was there ever any other written agreement between you and Liberace

1:33:111:33:15

other than this one prepared by Joel Strote?

1:33:151:33:17

Yes. The will. My will.

1:33:171:33:20

-Did you ever execute this will?

-Yes.

1:33:201:33:23

Did anyone witness your executed will?

1:33:231:33:26

When you mean "executed", er...

1:33:271:33:30

I didn't sign it yet.

1:33:301:33:32

-I mean...

-He doesn't understand "executed" to mean signing.

1:33:321:33:36

What did you mean when you said "executed"?

1:33:361:33:38

Well, you mean, did I ever sign it?

1:33:381:33:40

No, I never did. No.

1:33:401:33:42

Why didn't you ever sign it?

1:33:421:33:44

Because Liberace and I were having problems.

1:33:441:33:48

What kind of problems?

1:33:481:33:50

I felt that he was seeing other people.

1:33:511:33:53

Did you ever receive a copy of this will?

1:33:541:33:58

Joel Strote kept my copy for me.

1:33:581:34:01

Was it your expectation that you would become

1:34:011:34:03

-the legally adopted son of Liberace?

-Yes.

1:34:031:34:06

And continue in a sexual relationship with him

1:34:061:34:08

-after the adoption?

-No.

1:34:081:34:11

Is that when you thought the sex would stop?

1:34:111:34:14

Our relationship towards later on

1:34:151:34:17

went from a sexual relationship to...

1:34:171:34:20

Lee always thought of me as more of a son.

1:34:201:34:23

We had our sexual relationship in the beginning of our relationship

1:34:231:34:26

and it was, more or less, he thought of me as a...

1:34:261:34:29

He wanted me to think of him as a father-type image.

1:34:291:34:33

He thought... It's just so hard to explain.

1:34:331:34:36

His duties were expanded

1:34:361:34:38

to be a road manager, acting as a buffer for me,

1:34:381:34:41

you know, for various employees in various hotels,

1:34:411:34:46

the fans, media, answering the phone,

1:34:461:34:49

answering knocks on the door,

1:34:491:34:52

driving me from places of engagement

1:34:521:34:55

where limousines were not provided for me.

1:34:551:34:58

Did you make a gift of three bedroom sets

1:34:581:35:00

-to Scott Thorson?

-No.

1:35:001:35:03

Did you make a gift of lamps to Scott Thorson?

1:35:031:35:05

No.

1:35:051:35:06

Did you make a gift of a water buffalo head,

1:35:061:35:09

-mounted, to Scott Thorson?

-No.

1:35:091:35:12

-Did you make a gift of any furniture to Scott Thorson?

-No.

1:35:121:35:17

What reason do you have for believing that

1:35:171:35:20

the furniture and furnishings you think of as gifts

1:35:201:35:22

were, in fact, not gifts?

1:35:221:35:23

Well, this is what I do with all my homes.

1:35:231:35:26

I furnish all my homes for people to use.

1:35:261:35:29

But that does not mean they can take the furniture

1:35:291:35:31

with them when they leave.

1:35:311:35:33

It's my property.

1:35:331:35:35

Did you make a gift of any furs to Scott Thorson?

1:35:351:35:38

-Yes.

-What furs?

1:35:381:35:40

Uh, a raccoon, a black mink trench coat,

1:35:401:35:45

a leather and black mink coat...

1:35:451:35:48

and um, that's it.

1:35:481:35:51

And what other gifts have you made to Scott Thorson?

1:35:511:35:54

Jewellery.

1:35:541:35:57

What form of jewellery?

1:35:571:35:58

A ring with his initial on it...

1:35:581:36:01

and two Krugerrands made up the ring.

1:36:011:36:05

Gold chains.

1:36:061:36:08

Australian opal ring.

1:36:081:36:10

Bracelets, things like that.

1:36:121:36:14

'OK, first off, you have to understand something.

1:36:141:36:17

'You're not getting any of your property back.

1:36:171:36:19

'You're not getting a dime...'

1:36:191:36:20

unless you sign this agreement.

1:36:201:36:22

-Do you understand?

-Yes.

1:36:221:36:24

All right.

1:36:241:36:25

You're going to get 75,000 in cash,

1:36:251:36:27

three of your cars, three dogs

1:36:271:36:29

and all your clothes.

1:36:291:36:31

75,000? That's it?

1:36:311:36:32

In return for the money, the cars,

1:36:321:36:34

the dogs and the personal property,

1:36:341:36:36

you're going to sign over the title

1:36:361:36:37

of your Las Vegas home on Laramore to Lee.

1:36:371:36:39

And that's estimated value right now at 200,000.

1:36:391:36:41

You're going to give over all the contents to Lee,

1:36:411:36:43

estimated at 50,000.

1:36:431:36:45

In addition, you will be required

1:36:451:36:47

to sign over the titles of your Chevrolet van,

1:36:471:36:51

the antique Cadillac and your Auburn to Mr Liberace.

1:36:511:36:54

You will also give up any other claims

1:36:541:36:56

against Mr Liberace of any kind in the future.

1:36:561:36:59

So assault, battery, palimony - out.

1:36:591:37:03

And you're going to sign a clause prohibiting you

1:37:031:37:05

from revealing the true nature of your relationship

1:37:051:37:08

-to anybody, public or private.

-This is the best we could do?

1:37:081:37:10

They're short-changing me 250,000.

1:37:101:37:14

Well, there's nothing in here about the jewellery he gave you,

1:37:141:37:17

-so you get to keep that.

-I had to sell the jewellery!

1:37:171:37:19

-For what?

-For legal, er, fees and other things.

1:37:191:37:23

I don't care... what the judge says,

1:37:241:37:27

we were fucking married!

1:37:271:37:29

Well, the law says you weren't.

1:37:291:37:32

And a contract for sex can't be enforced.

1:37:321:37:35

Scott, listen to me. You're a drug addict.

1:37:351:37:38

This is all you're getting.

1:37:381:37:40

Sign it.

1:37:401:37:42

You know, I called Billy Leatherwood.

1:37:441:37:46

He got more.

1:37:461:37:48

Thank you.

1:37:571:37:59

"At the tender age of 16, I was seduced

1:38:201:38:23

"by a blues singer by the name of Bea Haven.

1:38:231:38:26

"The thrill of making it with an older woman diminished

1:38:261:38:29

"as I grew older.

1:38:291:38:31

"Younger girls started to represent more of a challenge...

1:38:311:38:35

"probably because of their innocence.

1:38:351:38:37

"And then I met the woman who was to be the love of my life -

1:38:371:38:41

"Sonja Henie."

1:38:411:38:43

# It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

1:39:001:39:04

# Everywhere you go... # PHONE RINGS

1:39:041:39:08

# Take a look in the Five and Ten

1:39:081:39:10

# Glistening once again with candy canes... #

1:39:101:39:14

-Hello?

-Scott, is that you?

1:39:141:39:17

Lee?

1:39:201:39:21

How have you been, Scott?

1:39:211:39:24

I'm...fine.

1:39:241:39:25

I'm fine.

1:39:251:39:27

And your health? How are you feeling?

1:39:271:39:31

Good. I'm doing good.

1:39:311:39:34

You sure everything is all right?

1:39:341:39:38

Lee, what's wrong?

1:39:381:39:40

Well, you know, I guess you heard the rumours.

1:39:401:39:44

I haven't been feeling so well lately.

1:39:441:39:49

I'm not my usual spring chicken any more.

1:39:491:39:53

-Merry Christmas.

-Merry Christmas.

1:39:561:39:59

I know how much you love it.

1:39:591:40:02

You sure you're OK?

1:40:021:40:04

Yes, I'm...

1:40:041:40:06

It's all been checked. I'm OK.

1:40:071:40:10

Would you come and see me, Scott?

1:40:121:40:16

Come visit me.

1:40:161:40:18

Lee, I'm telling you, I'm OK.

1:40:181:40:20

No, it's not that.

1:40:201:40:23

But would you just come and visit me?

1:40:241:40:27

Thanks.

1:40:511:40:52

I don't want you to touch me.

1:41:081:41:11

I don't think it matters, Lee.

1:41:151:41:17

Still.

1:41:191:41:20

You OK?

1:41:231:41:25

I'm so glad.

1:41:291:41:31

Seymour got a story out...

1:41:341:41:37

that I just need to rest.

1:41:371:41:39

He works so hard for me.

1:41:421:41:45

I just don't want to be remembered

1:41:541:41:56

as some old queen...

1:41:561:41:58

who died of AIDS.

1:41:581:42:00

Promise me...

1:42:061:42:08

..that you won't tell anybody how I looked...

1:42:101:42:14

when you came to visit.

1:42:141:42:16

I asked you here...

1:42:211:42:24

..because I want you to know...

1:42:261:42:28

..you made me the happiest.

1:42:301:42:33

You did, Scott.

1:42:351:42:37

Did I make you happy?

1:42:401:42:42

Yes.

1:42:441:42:47

Yeah.

1:42:471:42:49

The most happy.

1:42:491:42:51

Just a little something...

1:43:061:43:08

..to remember me by.

1:43:091:43:12

At 2.05pm today,

1:43:201:43:23

Liberace died of cardiac arrest

1:43:231:43:27

caused by cardiac failure.

1:43:271:43:29

His body will be taken to Los Angeles,

1:43:291:43:32

where it will be prepared for burial.

1:43:321:43:34

In an unusual twist of events,

1:43:341:43:36

the Riverside County Health Department

1:43:361:43:38

has rejected the death certificate

1:43:381:43:40

by Liberace's attending doctor, Ronald Daniels,

1:43:401:43:43

and has ordered an autopsy.

1:43:431:43:45

This request is unseemly.

1:43:451:43:48

Mr Liberace died of heart failure

1:43:481:43:51

due to an anaemia caused by a watermelon diet.

1:43:511:43:54

The body has already been embalmed!

1:43:541:43:57

With respect to Liberace's family during this time,

1:43:571:44:00

we have asked that the request for autopsy be rejected.

1:44:001:44:04

Since Mr Liberace has already been embalmed,

1:44:041:44:07

it was necessary to take tissue samples.

1:44:071:44:10

Along with the medical records of blood tests

1:44:101:44:12

during his recent stay at the Eisenhower Medical Centre,

1:44:121:44:14

it is the conclusion of the Riverside County Health Department...

1:44:141:44:18

that Mr Liberace died of complications

1:44:181:44:20

due to the AIDS virus.

1:44:201:44:22

Thank you all for coming.

1:44:381:44:40

I think that what should be remembered today

1:44:401:44:42

is that Lee was a great professional,

1:44:421:44:44

a great showman, he loved his fans.

1:44:441:44:45

But we should also look to the future.

1:44:451:44:48

As a result of the scholarship programme

1:44:481:44:50

which he's established through his foundation,

1:44:501:44:52

many young people will have a musical education

1:44:521:44:54

which they otherwise could not afford.

1:44:541:44:56

Thank you.

1:44:561:44:58

'My dear people, let us begin as we begin all things holy.

1:45:001:45:03

'In the name of the Father, and of the Son,

1:45:031:45:06

'and of the Holy Spirit,'

1:45:061:45:07

Amen.

1:45:071:45:08

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,

1:45:081:45:11

the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit

1:45:111:45:14

be with you always.

1:45:141:45:15

And with your spirit.

1:45:151:45:17

In the waters of baptism,

1:45:171:45:19

Liberace died with Christ

1:45:191:45:21

and rose within to a new life.

1:45:211:45:23

May he now share with Him

1:45:231:45:25

in eternal glory.

1:45:251:45:28

Let us pray.

1:45:281:45:31

MUSIC: The Impossible Dream

1:45:311:45:36

-SPEAKING:

-# To dream the impossible dream

1:46:281:46:32

# To be better far than you are

1:46:331:46:37

# To try when your arms are too weary

1:46:391:46:44

# To reach that unreachable star

1:46:441:46:48

# This is my quest

1:46:501:46:52

# To follow that star

1:46:521:46:55

# No matter how hopeless

1:46:551:46:58

# No matter how far

1:46:581:47:01

# To be willing to give

1:47:011:47:04

# When there's no more to give

1:47:041:47:06

# To be willing to die

1:47:061:47:09

# So that honour and justice may live

1:47:091:47:12

# And I know

1:47:131:47:16

# If I'll only be true

1:47:161:47:18

# To this glorious quest

1:47:181:47:22

# My heart

1:47:221:47:24

# Shall lie peaceful and calm

1:47:241:47:27

# When I'm laid to my rest. #

1:47:271:47:30

Thank you. Thank you.

1:47:501:47:53

You have made me the happiest piano player

1:47:531:47:56

who has ever lived.

1:47:561:47:58

And no matter what,

1:47:581:48:00

I still believe and always will...

1:48:001:48:04

too much of a good thing

1:48:041:48:07

is wonderful!

1:48:071:48:09

MUSIC: Why Do I Love You?

1:48:491:48:52

-SPEAKING:

-# Why do I love you?

1:49:281:49:30

# I love you not only for what you are

1:49:301:49:34

# But for what I am when I'm with you

1:49:341:49:37

# I love you not only for what you have made of yourself

1:49:371:49:42

# But for what you are making of me

1:49:421:49:46

# I love you for ignoring the possibilities

1:49:461:49:49

# Of the fool in me

1:49:491:49:52

# And for accepting the possibilities

1:49:521:49:55

# Of the good in me

1:49:551:49:58

# Why do I love you?

1:50:051:50:08

# I love you for closing your eyes

1:50:081:50:11

# To the discords in me

1:50:111:50:14

# And for adding to the music in me

1:50:141:50:17

# By worshipful listening

1:50:171:50:20

# I love you for helping me

1:50:221:50:24

# To construct of my life

1:50:241:50:27

# Not a tavern but a temple

1:50:271:50:30

# I love you because you have done so much

1:50:331:50:36

# To make me happy

1:50:361:50:39

# You have done it without a word

1:50:391:50:43

# Without a touch

1:50:431:50:45

# Without a sign

1:50:451:50:47

# You have done it by just being yourself

1:50:471:50:52

# Perhaps, after all

1:50:531:50:56

# That is what love means

1:50:561:51:00

# And that is why

1:51:001:51:02

# I love you. #

1:51:021:51:04