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The Christine Jorgensen Story (1970)

 -  Biography | Drama  -  June 1970 (USA)
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A sex-change operation that changed "George" into "Christine" in 1950s Denmark.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Hansen ...
George Jorgensen Jr / Christine Jorgensen
Joan Tompkins ...
Aunt Thora
Quinn K. Redeker ...
Tom Crawford (as Quinn Redeker)
John Himes ...
George Jorgensen Sr. (as John W. Himes)
Ellen Clark ...
Mrs. Florence Jorgensen
Rod McCary ...
Jess Warner
Will Kuluva ...
Professor Estabrook
Oscar Beregi Jr. ...
Dr. Victor Dahlman (as Oscar Beregi)
Lynn Harper ...
Dolly
Trent Lehman ...
George at 7
Pamelyn Ferdin ...
Dolly as a Child
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Pastor
Joyce Meadows ...
Tani
Sandra Scott ...
Angela (as Sondra Scott)
Elaine Joyce ...
Loretta
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A sex-change operation that changed "George" into "Christine" in 1950s Denmark.

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I couldn't live in a man's body! See more »

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Biography | Drama

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R

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Christine Jørgensens historie  »

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One of the film's major advertising tag lines was the erroneous claim "The First Man To Become A Woman!" In truth, as the movie makes clear, others had undergone similar surgery earlier, but Jorgensen was simply the first well-publicized sex change case. See more »

Goofs

During a playground football game set during the Depression, a late-1960s car drives by in background. See more »

Quotes

Aunt Thora: Remember, never throw away a chance for happiness too quickly...it can get to be a habit.
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Did the surgeon's knife make him a woman or a drag queen?
7 April 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This not to be missed camp classic directed by Irving Rapper is an attempt at a serious, informative and sympathetic biopic on the life of the world's first transsexual, but the result, as stated in a previous post, is genuinely bizarre and campy. Released by United Artists in 1970, the era of Easy Rider, M*A*S*H and A Clockwork Orange, the film seemed dated even then. Lead John Hansen is chubby and broad-shouldered, and as Christine he resembles Peggy Lee. No cliché in film-making, acting or dialog has been overlooked, and that combined with the solemn narration creates unintended laughter and derision. Surprisingly, the NY Times critic took the film seriously and gave it a respectful review. After its initial release. the film lapsed into obscurity. Critic Pauline Kael referred to Rapper's best known film, Now,Voyager(43), as "a campy tearjerker". In The Christine Jorgensen Story, the tears are caused by laughter.


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