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Victor Victoria (1982)

A struggling female soprano finds work playing a male female impersonator, but it complicates her personal life.

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Waiter
Peter Arne ...
Labisse
Herb Tanney ...
Charles Bovin (as Sherloque Tanney)
Michael Robbins ...
Manager of Victoria's Hotel
Norman Chancer ...
Sal Andratti
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Restaurant Manager
Maria Charles ...
Madame President
Malcolm Jamieson ...
Richard DiNardo
John Cassady ...
Juke
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Storyline

In 1934 Paris, trained coloratura soprano Victoria Grant, a native Brit, can't get a job as a singer and is having trouble making ends meet. She doesn't even have enough money for the basics of food and shelter. Gay cabaret singer Carole 'Toddy' Todd may befall the same fate as Victoria as he was just fired from his singing gig at a second rate club named Chez Lui. To solve both their problems, Toddy comes up with what he considers an inspired idea: with Toddy as her manager, Victoria, pretending to be a man, get a job singing as a female impersonator. If they pull this scheme off, Toddy vows Victoria, as her male alter ego, will be the toast of Paris and as such be extremely wealthy. That alter ego they decide is Polish Count Victor Grazinski, Toddy's ex-lover who was disowned by his family when they found out he was gay. The Count auditions for the city's leading agent, Andre Cassell, who, impressed, gets him a gig performing in the city's best nightclub. In the audience on the ... Written by Huggo

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The disguise surprise comedy of the year!


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19 March 1982 (USA)  »

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$21,933,614 (USA)
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Trivia

Lorimar was originally supposed to produce the film, but after seeing that it would cost $20 million, they turned the rights over to MGM. See more »

Goofs

When Norma is attacking King in the hotel suite, and Squash steps in to protect him, Norma picks up a "decorative" spear and charges, unfortunately, she charges a bit too fast, because she has to take a quick pause (half step backwards) to allow Squash to slam the bedroom door, which she then pierces with the spear. See more »

Quotes

Charles Bovin, Private Investigator: You called. I am Charles Bovin, Private Investigator.
Labisse: Good. There is something I want you to find out.
Charles Bovin, Private Investigator: At your service.
[sits on one of the bar stools]
Labisse: Be very careful.
Charles Bovin, Private Investigator: Monsieur, I am always careful.
Labisse: That stool is broken.
Charles Bovin, Private Investigator: [beat] It is?
[stool breaks down]
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Referenced in The Simpsons: Three Gays of the Condo (2003) See more »

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Chicago, Illinois
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Music by Henry Mancini
Lyrics by Leslie Bricusse
Performed by Lesley Ann Warren
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A fine way for the stars to break away from their earlier roles, and it's pretty funny, too.
24 April 2000 | by See all my reviews

Three of the stars of this movie all made their mark playing wholesome characters, (and all in musicals, ironically) but they certainly got rid of those personas in this film. Julie Andrews finally solved the problem of Maria by playing a woman pretending to be a man pretending to be a woman, Robert Preston's gay entertainer is a long, long way from Harold Hill, and Lesley Ann Warren... well, her floozy moll ("Ya mean you really aw... quee-uh?") basically erases all memories of Cinderella. All give excellent performances in this entertaining, funny film from director/co-writer Blake Edwards. And they all get to sing some great songs from Henry Mancini and Leslie Brucusse, among them "Le Jazz Hot," (in which Andrews sings in her lower range, and actually sizzles) "The Shady Dame From Seville," (first sung by Andrews, then hilariously reprised at the end by Preston) and "Chicago, Illinois." (Warren is great in that) Though there is a long stretch in the middle that either included jokes and/or subtleties that went over my head or just wasn't funny, though not bad, otherwise it's a great comedy. In addition to the three performers mentioned, James Garner is also good as the gangster who falls for Andrews but is unsure of her gender.


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