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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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Graham Stark ...
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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2 April 1982 (USA)  »

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$21,933,614 (USA)
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One of nine credited professional collaborations between actress Julie Andrews and her director husband Blake Edwards. The films include 10 (1979), S.O.B. (1981), That's Life! (1986), Darling Lili (1970), The Tamarind Seed (1974), Victor Victoria (1982) (cinema movie), Victor/Victoria (1995) (television musical) and The Man Who Loved Women (1983), plus "Victor Victoria" on the Broadway stage. 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 »

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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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Referenced in Friends: The One Where Monica Sings (2003) See more »

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The Shady Dame From Seville
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Music by Henry Mancini
Lyrics by Leslie Bricusse
Performed by Julie Andrews
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Wow
25 July 2002 | by (California) – See all my reviews

First of all, let me just say that I am slightly obsessed with Julie Andrews and her work. With that out of the way... I love her in this movie because it's not your typical Julie Andrews movie. Most people see her in The Sound of Music or Mary Poppins or (if you know this far back in her career) Cinderella. However, she delivers a flawless performance as Victor/Victoria. The only skepticism I have about this movie is seeing her as a man. She's so feminine (in her mannerisms, voice, appearance, etc.) that it's almost impossible to think that she's a man. Robert Preston is wonderfully funny, and I always love James Garner. The movie probably could have done without Lesley Ann Warren's song and dance number (why ruin Julie and Robert's wonderful score?)... On a side note, Warren's character reminded me a bit of Jean Hagen's Lina Lamont in Singin' in the Rain; they each had their characters down perfectly, and you got just annoyed with them enough to hate them but like them at the same time...

Of course, Andrews does a beautiful job with all the songs- my favorite being her first jazz number. All in all, an impossibly wonderful performance by all involved.

DEFINITELY ten out of ten!


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