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Director:
Writers:
Gore Vidal (novel)
Michael Sarne (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
24 June 1970 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Meet Myra Breckinridge. You'll Never Forget Her! See more »
Plot:
Myron Breckinridge is waiting for her sex-change operation while a stoned surgeon stumbles into the operating room... See more » | Full synopsis »
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This movie (was) a slap in the face of America's sexual dysfunction! See more (81 total) »

Cast

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Mae West ... Leticia Van Allen

John Huston ... Buck Loner

Raquel Welch ... Myra Breckinridge
Rex Reed ... Myron

Farrah Fawcett ... Mary Ann Pringle

Roger C. Carmel ... Dr. Randolph Spencer Montag
Roger Herren ... Rusty Godowski

George Furth ... Charlie Flager Jr.

Calvin Lockhart ... Irving Amadeus

Jim Backus ... Doctor

John Carradine ... Surgeon

Andy Devine ... Coyote Bill
Grady Sutton ... Kid Barlow
Robert P. Lieb ... Charlie Flager Sr. (as Robert Lieb)
Skip Ward ... Chance

Kathleen Freeman ... Bobby Dean Loner
B.S. Pully ... Tex
Buck Kartalian ... Jeff
Monte Landis ... Vince (as Monty Landis)

Tom Selleck ... Stud
Peter Ireland ... Student
Nelson Sardelli ... Mario
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Cal Bartlett ... Acting School Student (uncredited)

Toni Basil ... Cigarette Girl (uncredited)

Thordis Brandt ... Whip-Cracking Masseuse (uncredited)
Choo Choo Collins ... Party Guest (uncredited)

Dan Hedaya ... Patient in Hospital Ward (uncredited)

William Hopper ... Judge Frederic D. Cannon (uncredited)
Ethelreda Leopold ... Bridge Party Guest (uncredited)
Luanne Roberts ... Painted breasts girl at party (uncredited)
Miel Saan ... (uncredited)
Michael Sarne ... Acting School Student (uncredited)
Michael Stearns ... Stud (uncredited)
Svetlana ... Extra (uncredited)
Geneviève Waïte ... Dental Patient (uncredited)
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Directed by
Michael Sarne 
 
Writing credits
Gore Vidal (novel)

Michael Sarne (screenplay) and
David Giler (screenplay)

Produced by
James Cresson .... associate producer
Robert Fryer .... producer
David Giler .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
John Phillips 
 
Cinematography by
Richard Moore (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Danford B. Greene 
 
Art Direction by
Fred Harpman 
Jack Martin Smith 
 
Set Decoration by
Reg Allen 
Walter M. Scott 
 
Costume Design by
Theadora Van Runkle 
 
Makeup Department
Del Acevedo .... makeup artist
Edith Lindon .... hair stylist
Daniel C. Striepeke .... makeup supervisor (as Dan Striepeke)
 
Production Management
William Eckhardt .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Richard Glassman .... assistant director (as Dick Glassman)
 
Art Department
Greg C. Jensen .... set constructor (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Don J. Bassman .... sound (as Don Bassman)
David Dockendorf .... sound (as Dave Dockendorf)
Terrance Emerson .... sound utility (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
L.B. Abbott .... special photographic effects
Art Cruickshank .... special photographic effects
 
Stunts
Donna Garrett .... stunts (uncredited)
Russ McCubbin .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Thomas Del Ruth .... assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Michael McLean .... casting supervisor
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Edith Head .... costumes: Miss Mae West
 
Editorial Department
Hugh K. Cummings .... co-film editor
 
Music Department
Jeff Alexander .... orchestrator
Jack Elliott .... orchestrator
Allyn Ferguson .... orchestrator
Lyn Murray .... orchestrator
Lionel Newman .... conductor
Lionel Newman .... music supervisor
 
Transportation Department
Chris Haynes .... driver (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Ralph Beaumont .... choreographer
Don Prince .... unit publicist
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Gore Vidal's Myra Breckinridge" - USA (complete title)
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Runtime:
94 min | Spain:91 min (alternate version)
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Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Australia:M | Canada:PA (Manitoba) | Canada:R (Nova Scotia/Ontario) | Finland:K-16 | Germany:12 (re-rating) (2006) | New Zealand:R18 | UK:18 | USA:X (original rating) | USA:R (edited for re-rating) (1978) | West Germany:18 (original rating)

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Trivia:
Raquel Welch signed on for the film on the understanding that she would be playing Myron, the male, and post-op Myra, considering it a significant acting challenge for her. She was hugely disappointed when Rex Reed was chosen to play Myron.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Myra begins preparations to trace Rusty's spine, she uses a buckled strap to keep him from moving - yet strap becomes considerably longer between shot where she anchors his left wrist and shot where she tightens strap on his right wrist.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Myron:[sings to himself] A secret place known to none but me. And in my secret place, you can beg and torture me. I wouldn't tell you where to go. 'Cause in my secret place, secret place, a secret you know. Secret place, a secret you know.
[Surgeon enters to applause]
Surgeon:You realize, once we cut it off, it won't grow back. I mean, it isn't like hair, or fingernails, or toenails, you know.
Myron:What do you think I am, some kind of idiot? I know that!
Surgeon:[shrugs] Eh - how about circumcision? It'd be cheaper.
Myron:Come on, come on, come on, let's get it over with, Myra's waiting!
[...]
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Soundtrack:
The Man's in the NavySee more »

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23 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
This movie (was) a slap in the face of America's sexual dysfunction!, 20 March 2001
Author: kmscb from Los Angeles

I read "Myra Breckinridge" in 1969 when I was riding a bus from St. Louis to San Antonio, and I fell in love with everything about the book. I saw the movie when it first came out (even though I was not, legally, old enough) and had a blast. This film (I do NOT use that term loosely) had so much going on and not going on between pretty people and not so pretty people who were acting badly and beautifully while doing evil and funny and disgusting and sweet things to each other in the most vicious and caring ways possible, I was overwhelmed by it all. It had more to say in its heaving breast about the cruel and elevated ways in which man treats his fellow man than every Oscar-winning picture since...and all while telling its story in the most absurd and drug-inducing manner possible.

But what adds even more to the meaning of the film is how it destroyed the career of not just its director (who probably deserved it) but also ruined any chance of a career for Roger Herren solely because he played a character who was raped by a woman. Men can play rapists and women can be raped and gang raped and even play lesbians, and they receive Oscars for their performances and no one thinks the worst of them. But let a man get sodomized and suddenly everyone questions his masculinity and ability to relate to the opposite sex. And THAT is where MYRA BRECKINRIDGE stands tall.

Yes, the movie is a smash-up of styles and insane casting choices and baldly ludicrous dialogue and unintentionally funny acting, but so were more recent idiot movies like THE ROCK and TITANIC and SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE, and look how successful they became...and how quickly they will be forgotten. At least MYRA BRECKINRIDGE, the movie (maybe even moreso than the book), worked as a slap in the face of America's sexual dysfunction and hypocrisy...and I believe THAT is what bothers so many people about it. And that is why it remains a movie worth watching,

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