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8 June 1972 (Netherlands) See more »
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...to be a woman
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Cast

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Anne Heywood ... Roy / Wendy

Harry Andrews ... Roy's Father
Jill Bennett ... Margaret Stevenson
Paul Rogers ... Mr. Waites
Michael Coles ... Frank
Sheila Reid ... June
Virginia Stride ... Shirley
Jill Melford ... Lorna
Philip Bond ... Philip
Rachel Gurney ... Mrs. Parkhurst
Robin Hawdon ... Tony
Anthony Sharp ... Mr. Parkhurst
Deborah Grant
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Daphne Anderson
John Baskcomb
Paul Prescott ... Roger Parkhurst
Hilda Fenemore ... (uncredited)
Liza Goddard ... Carole (uncredited)
Laurie Goode ... (uncredited)
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Directed by
John Dexter 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Geoff Brown  novel
Gillian Freeman 

Produced by
Raymond Stross .... producer
 
Original Music by
Johnny Harris 
 
Cinematography by
Gerry Turpin 
 
Film Editing by
Peter Thornton 
 
Art Direction by
William C. Andrews  (as Bill Andrews)
 
Costume Design by
Sue Yelland 
 
Makeup Department
Trevor Crole-Rees .... makeup artist
Bernadette Ibbetson .... hairdresser
 
Production Management
Roy Parkinson .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Peter Bolton .... assistant director
Chris Kenny .... second assistant director
David Tringham .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
John Brommage .... sound recordist
Ken Nightingall .... boom operator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Michael Sarafian .... camera operator
 
Music Department
Johnny Harris .... conductor
 
Other crew
Joan Davis .... continuity
 

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91 min
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Color (Eastmancolor)
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Finland:K-16 | Netherlands:18 (orginal rating) | UK:X | USA:R
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19 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
Simplistic yet thought provoking, 17 June 2001
Author: melinda2001 from San Francisco, CA

This is the story of a young man's slow transition into the woman he always knew he was meant to be. Roy/Wendy played by Anne Heywood takes the plunge, leaving her abusive father's house and starting life anew as a woman. Through trial and error she learns the skills and consequences of being a woman as well as the terrible problems involved in not being considered fully female.

The look of the film is total 70's complete with bellbottoms and sappy soundtrack. The story is also somewhat unrealistic. For example, Wendy is able to become fully passable with only a short time of practicing in private. The film goes on to explore many interesting consequences of a life "under cover" when all she wants is a simple life as a normal woman. With all it's obvious faults, "I Want What I Want" contains some surprisingly touching and sensitive moments. And although it appears to have been a very cheap production, the filmmakers manage to do quite a lot with their limited resources. For example, background sounds of cars and dogs during some of Wendy's terrifying moments in public give an eerily realistic feel.

I always find it disappointing when a woman is cast for the part of a man pretending to be a woman. "Victor Victoria" is a fine film using the same gimmick but I find it very difficult to see Julie Andrews as a man even though she gives about the best performance she was capable of. The same goes for this film. Contrast that with "The Crying Game" where the illusion is perfect due to exceptional casting.

Probably controversial in it's time, "I Want What I Want" is a clearly a small film but one worth watching by anyone interested transgender issues.

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