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Victor Victoria (1982)

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

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Peter Arne ...
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Herb Tanney ...
Charles Bovin (as Sherloque Tanney)
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Manager of Victoria's Hotel
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Sal Andratti
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Maria Charles ...
Madame President
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Richard DiNardo
John Cassady ...
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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

One of two 1982 pictures directed by Blake Edwards released in that year. The other movie was Trail of the Pink Panther (1982). See more »

Goofs

In the second Chez Lui nightclub brawl scene, Madame President (the older woman who has her wig ripped off) is thrown up on the piano. When the piano collapses, it is clearly seen to be made out of balsa wood or a very thin laminate of some kind. See more »

Quotes

King Marchand: [being pursued by an enraged Norma, who is foaming at the mouth. Squash gets out of bed] Look out!
Norma: YOU SON OF A BITCH!
[throws a vase]
'Squash' Bernstein: Now, Norma...
Norma: NOBODY PUTS SOAP IN MY MOUTH, NOT EVEN MY MOTHER!
[throws a flower pot]
'Squash' Bernstein: You're being very childish...
Norma: I'M GONNA KILL HIM! I'M GONNA KILL YOU TOO, YOU BIG, MUSCLE-BOUND...
[throws another flower pot]
'Squash' Bernstein: Now, listen you have to learn to control yourself...
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Connections

Referenced in Good Luck Charlie: The Unusual Suspects (2013) See more »

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Crazy World
(uncredited)
Music by Henry Mancini
Lyrics by Leslie Bricusse
Performed by Julie Andrews
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How do YOU describe "great?" I define it with this movie.
22 September 2004 | by (Toms River, NJ, USA) – See all my reviews

My God, the reviewer before me MUST be mad!!! Either that, or he/she must be struggling with their own sexuality! THIS is one of my favorite movies of ALL time. Julie Andrews is in fine musical form; James Garner gives one of his greatest comedic performances since "The Americanization of Emily" (also with Julie Andrews) and Lesley Ann Warren just about steals the picture! This movie scores a solid "10" for comedy, a sterling "10" for music and a rousing "10" for romance! ANYONE that DOESN'T like this movie should suck an egg! HOW did Lesley Ann Warren NOT win an Oscar? Ditto, Robert Preston? I consider myself a guy's guy, but I confess I tear up every time I hear the opening refrains of Julie singing "Crazy World," the film's theme song. Bravo, Blake Edwards!!!


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