Victor Victoria (1982)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Music, Musical  |  2 April 1982 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Graham Stark ...
Peter Arne ...
Herb Tanney ...
Charles Bovin (as Sherloque Tanney)
Michael Robbins ...
Manager of Victoria's hotel
Norman Chancer ...
Sal Andratti
Restaurant Manager
Maria Charles ...
Madame President
Malcolm Jamieson ...
Richard DiNardo
John Cassady ...


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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Release Date:

2 April 1982 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Victor/Victoria  »

Box Office


$21,933,614 (USA)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the film, Victoria tells King they must promise to not keep secrets, to not hold grudges, they won't plan past tomorrow, and they'll take things one day at a time. This conversation is based on the actual factors Julie Andrews and Blake Edwards credit for their own long, successful marriage. They both have mentioned these factors in various interviews, and in her memoir 'Home', Julie uses the exact statements as Victoria to describe the promises she and Blake made to each other when they married in 1969. See more »


The song Norma sings in the nightclub, "Chicago, Illinois," includes the line "maybe some day we'll have an airport." The movie is set in 1933. Midway Airport began operations in 1927 and by 1929 was considered "the world's busiest airport" with over 100,000 passengers annually. See more »


[the manager is pressing a starving Victoria for her rent]
Manager of Victoria's hotel: You promised to pay me on Tuesday, then on Wednesday, then on Thursday...
Victoria: [pointing at his bib] What's that?
Manager of Victoria's hotel: What?
[Victoria runs a finger over a food stain and tastes it]
Victoria: Spaghetti?
Manager of Victoria's hotel: Uh, yes, with meatballs.
Victoria: I'll sleep with you for a meatball.
Manager of Victoria's hotel: [taken aback] You would?
Victoria: Oh, missed your chance.
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References Some Like It Hot (1959) See more »


Chicago, Illinois
Performed by Lesley Ann Warren
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" A woman, pretending to be a man, pretending to be a woman "
4 October 2007 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Many social innovations, have often as not originated in France. Take cross-dressing for instance. In the 1930's a singer created quite a sensation when her fabulous show became the toast of Paris. She traveled throughout Europe and remained a novelty for years. Her success was due to the fact that she was not a woman after all. She was a man. This fact became the inspiration for the film "Victoria/Victoria." In the movie, a talented female singer (Julie Andrews) named Victoria Grant (aka Count Victor Grezhinski) schemes with an out of work cabaret singer, Carroll 'Toddy' Todd (Robert Preston, who is fantastic in this role) to create a female impersonation act. With the help of Andre Cassell, (John Rhys Davies) a night club owner they hope to get rich with the unusual act. Complications arise however, the least of which is a visiting gangster named King Marchand (James Garner) who takes a liking for Victoria. His Chicago girlfriend Norma Cassady (Lesley Ann Warren) become jealous and informs other hoodlums to come to Paris. Alex Karras, plays Mr. Bernstein, Garners' bodyguard). The film is a solid hit for the cast and lays the foundation of it become a classic. ****

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