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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 »
User Reviews:
Methinks they protest too much 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)

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:
Perhaps because he was passed over in favor of John Huston for role of Buck Loner, Mickey Rooney repeatedly lambasted the film in interviews upon its release, claiming it was a disgrace to the motion picture industry.See more »
Goofs:
Miscellaneous: Apparently pieced together from different takes, Myra's blouse collar alternately appears fully outside, partially inside/outside and fully outside her jacket during the scene in which she "depantses" Rusty in her office.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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30 out of 38 people found the following review useful.
Methinks they protest too much, 27 December 2000
Author: Zen Bones from USA

A man who wishes to become a woman wants to show the world that men are not the superior beings that they have been made out to be. To in fact do to men what men have been doing to women since the beginning of time. Is it surprising that this film is despised by so many people - especially men? The fact that this film is so threatening is a good sign that it is right on track. A handsome idiot "stud", an over-the-hill sexist cowboy wannabe and a whole stable of dumb gorgeous guys (including Tom Selleck!) show what all those fun, sexist sixties movies look like in the mirror image. For here it is the women (Myra and an elderly Mae West) who throw out the sexist innuendo and treat men like fresh meat that have little value other than what they can offer women with their bodies. The sight of an unattractive and elderly Mae West always gets the shaft by the film's critics, yet they rarely comment on the appearance of her male counterpart (played with great relish by John Huston) who also seduces (and I might add verbally abuses) women one-third his age. Hmmm. The fact that this film is so hated shows how far men still have to go before opening up their minds and really seeing the double standards that they adhere to when it comes to sex comedies. It's only when the tables are turned that one can truly perceive this - and this film does this beautifully. It is after all a satire and commentary on Hollywood (as well as on the cheesy camp classics from everyone from Roger Corman to Russ Meyer). The interspersing of classic Hollywood movies depicting this seems to have eluded many viewers since they're so used to taking such images for granted. They don't question them or even see what those classic images are really projecting.

Anyway, this is the most brilliant example of camp cinema to date. The hilarious sabotaging of scenes with reaction shots from various movie stars reflects the so-called innocence of the audience (no wonder so many people find that uncomfortable!), and the film is also choked full of famous faces parodying the very images that made them famous. It has all the camp and surreal qualities of Gore Vidal's book, and it retains most of his incredible dialogue. It is also one of the best movies about Hollywood and the jerks who work there. And last but not least, Raquel Welsh should be most proud of her performance. I cannot imagine anyone else in this role because she is not only wonderful, she completely turns the tables on the stereotypes she personified to men throughout her career. She was a wonderfully cheesy sex goddess, and here she finally has a chance to ahem, be in the driver's seat. It's all just in fun, and that's what the movie is saying. If treating women like they are just a pair of boobs is entertainment, then why can't treating men like they are just a pair of bullocks be the same?

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