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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)  »

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Victor/Victoria  »

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$21,933,614 (USA)

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The budget for this movie spiraled partially due to the number of expensive sets, especially for the very high end nightclub, luxury Art Deco hotel rooms, exterior Paris street scenes, and agent offices which had to be built, since the entire picture was filmed entirely on sound stages at Pinewood Studios in England. 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 »


Toddy: You were going to trade your virtue for a meatball!
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Cast & Mancini's Music Great!
30 March 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Me thinks several semi-homophobic comments need to look in-their-mirrors!?! This classic, Blake Edwards musical/comedy is still-a-treasure after ALL-these-years! Pure Hollywood entertainment! Reviewed Julie Andrews' Vegas debut for "Billboard Magazine" at Caesars Palace in the late '70s & was dazzled by her amazing talent. She was so gracious at the after-show dinner party, personally meeting each press member at their tables! A classy lady! - Had seen Robert Preston with Mary Martin in the musical/comedy "I Do! I Do!" on Broadway in '66. This was his best movie role ever, way better than "The Music Man." & Leslie Ann Warren nearly stole-the-movie with her dead-on portrayal of the dippy gun moll!?! & Henry "Hank" Mancini's amazing score proves-the-vital element-of-music in film. It's wonderful!!!

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