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Shania Twain said it best when she sung: "Man! I feel like a Woman!" See more (14 total) »


  (in credits order)
Deborah Harten ... Herself - Transsexual
Lisa Carmelle
Frank Pizzo

Harry Reems ... Rhoda's Cab Driver (as Tim Long)
Carol Sands
Billy Kelman
Doug Martin
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ursula Austin ... Blanche (uncredited)
Arlana Blue ... Rhoda (uncredited)
Vanessa del Rio ... Sandy (uncredited)
Michael Gaunt ... Tom (uncredited)
Richard Towers ... John in Park (uncredited)
Leo Wolman ... Himself - Leo Wollman M.D. (uncredited)

Directed by
Doris Wishman 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Doris Wishman  written by (uncredited)

Produced by
Doris Wishman .... producer
Original Music by
Thomas Valentino 
Cinematography by
João Fernandes  (as Juan Fernandez)
Jack Malick (uncredited)
Film Editing by
Louis Burdi  (as Lou Burdi)
Editorial Department
David Block .... colorist (uncredited)
Ricardo Olivero .... color timer (uncredited)
Other crew
Doris Wishman .... continuity (as D. Whitman)
Leo Wolman .... scientific and medical advisor (as Leo Wolman MD)

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Also Known As:
"Strange Her - Adam or Eve" - Japan (English title)
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79 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:18 | Australia:R (censored) | Canada:R (Ontario - edited version) | Canada:18+ (Quebec) | UK:(Banned) | USA:X

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The film was rejected for UK cinema and only received a certificate in 1982 after extensive cuts of over 10 minutes.See more »
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Shania Twain said it best when she sung: "Man! I feel like a Woman!", 29 November 2007
Author: Coventry from the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls

Some of her previous accomplishments (like "Deadly Weapons" and "Diary of a Nudist") already taught us that Doris Wishman isn't ranked very high on the list of filmmakers with good taste and moral values, but I never thought she would even dare to exploit people that struggled with sex and identity crises all their lives. "Let me die a Woman" is supposed to be a documentary (better say schlockumentary or even smutumentary), but it has very little educational or informative value. The film is a compilation of interviews with a Puerto Rican transsexual – "Last year, I was a man" – and allegedly scientific feedback from a sleazy guy I wouldn't allow near my body. Dr. Leo Wollman may perhaps be an authority in the field of sex-change operations, but he clearly doesn't feel comfortable when there's a camera aimed at him. His eyes turn towards everywhere except straight into the lens and his lines sound a little too much like they're being read from a large billboard in front of him. Still, his acting capacities are Oscar-worthy compared to some of the courageous patients that come to tell about their agonizing lives. There's one guy/lady, I think her name's Debbie, whose voice and facial expressions are truly unendurable. "Let me die a Woman" is a rancid and utterly shameless exploitation flick, and cult collectors should only watch it for the sake of morbid curiosity. It's really jaw-dropping how Dr. Wollman unscrupulously treats the transsexuals as study objects, like motionless life-sized dummies, and moves his filthy fingers over their genitals in order to point out how he turned their penises into vaginas. I don't know anything about this type of surgery, and I reckon it must be complicated undertakings, but most of the results looked truly hideous and even quite gross. Actually, they didn't look like vaginas but gateways into hell. The film is fairly short (80min.) but the last half hour feels annoyingly stretched, as Wollman repeats the same old things over and over again and even inserts a totally ridicule story about a guy who committed suicide because he didn't talk about his transsexual desires with anyone. Oh puh-lease!

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