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Victor Victoria -- Out-of-work singer Julie Andrews conspires with Robert Preston to pose as a female impersonator in order to get work on the Paris cabaret circuit.
Victor Victoria -- A struggling female soprano finds work playing a male female impersonator, but it complicates her personal life.

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Director:
Writers:
Blake Edwards (screenplay) and
Hans Hoemburg (concept)
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Release Date:
2 April 1982 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
The disguise surprise comedy of the year!
Plot:
A struggling female soprano finds work playing a male female impersonator, but it complicates her personal life. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 12 wins & 13 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A relief from most of today's movies. See more (106 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Julie Andrews ... Victoria Grant

James Garner ... King Marchand

Robert Preston ... Carole "Toddy" Todd

Lesley Ann Warren ... Norma Cassady

Alex Karras ... 'Squash' Bernstein

John Rhys-Davies ... Andre Cassell
Graham Stark ... Waiter
Peter Arne ... Labisse
Herb Tanney ... Charles Bovin (as Sherloque Tanney)
Michael Robbins ... Manager of Victoria's Hotel
Norman Chancer ... Sal Andratti

David Gant ... Restaurant Manager
Maria Charles ... Madame President
Malcolm Jamieson ... Richard DiNardo
John Cassady ... Juke
Mike Tezcan ... Clam
Christopher Good ... Stage Manager
Matyelok Gibbs ... Cassell's Receptionist (as Matyelock Gibbs)

Jay Benedict ... Guy Langois
Olivier Pierre ... Langois' Companion

Martin Rayner ... Concierge
George Silver ... Fat Man Eating an Eclair
Joanna Dickens ... Large Lady in Restaurant
Terence Skelton ... Deviant Husband
Ina Skriver ... Simone Kallisto
Stuart Turton ... Boyfriend to Actress
Geoffrey Beevers ... Police Inspector
Sam Williams ... Chorus Boy

Simon Chandler ... Chorus Boy
Neil Cunningham ... Nightclub M.C
Vivienne Maya ... Chambermaid (as Vivienne Chandler)
Bill Monks ... Leclou
Perry Davey ... Balancing Man
Elizabeth Vaughan ... Opera Singer in Madame Butterfly
Paddy Ward ... René, Photographer
Tim Stern ... Desk Clerk Third Rate Hotel
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Norman Alden ... Man in Hotel with Shoes (uncredited)
George Lane Cooper ... Man in Bar (uncredited)

Peter Diamond ... Man in Bar (uncredited)
Geoffrey Edwards ... 'Divine' Admirer at Rehearsal (uncredited)
Kevin Field ... Boy on Stagecoach (uncredited)
Terri Gardener ... Female Impersonator (uncredited)
Philip Herbert ... Drag Host (uncredited)

Derek Lyons ... Dancer (uncredited)
Chrissy Monk ... Dancer (uncredited)
Ralph Morse ... Saxophonist in Club Sequence (uncredited)

Glen Murphy ... Boxer (uncredited)
Nosher Powell ... Man in Bar (uncredited)
Paddy Stone ... Rehearsal Choreographer (uncredited)

Directed by
Blake Edwards 
 
Writing credits
Blake Edwards (screenplay)

Hans Hoemburg  concept
Reinhold Schünzel  1933 script

Produced by
Tony Adams .... producer
Blake Edwards .... producer
Gerald T. Nutting .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Henry Mancini 
 
Cinematography by
Dick Bush (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Ralph E. Winters 
 
Casting by
Mary Selway 
 
Production Design by
Rodger Maus 
 
Art Direction by
Tim Hutchinson 
William Craig Smith 
 
Set Decoration by
Harry Cordwell 
 
Costume Design by
Patricia Norris 
 
Makeup Department
Paul Engelen .... makeup artist
Harry Frampton .... makeup artist
Peter Frampton .... makeup artist
John Isaacs .... hair stylist: Miss Andrews
Joyce James .... hairdresser
Colin Jamison .... hairdresser
Bobbie Smith .... chief hairdresser
 
Production Management
Denis Johnson Jr. .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Richard Hoult .... first assistant director
Peter Kohn .... second assistant director
Paul Tivers .... second assistant director
Gerry Gavigan .... first assistant director: second unit (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Andrew Ackland-Snow .... junior draughtsman
John Alvin .... poster artist
Ted Ambrose .... assistant art director
Albert Blackshaw .... construction manager
Frank Graves .... scenic artist
Bernie Hearn .... stand-by props (as Bernard Hearn)
David Lusby .... production buyer
Anthony Pratt .... sketch artist
Nick Rivers .... stand-by dressings
Bob Sherwood .... stand-by propman
Alan Tomkins .... assistant art director
Barry Wilkinson .... property master
Peter Wood .... additional scenic artist (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Roy Charman .... sound mixer
Rusty Coppleman .... sound editor
Graham V. Hartstone .... dubbing mixer
Nicolas Le Messurier .... dubbing mixer
Teddy Mason .... sound editor
Gordon K. McCallum .... chief dubbing mixer
George Rice .... sound engineer
John Salter .... boom operator
Jonathan Andrews .... playback operator (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Neil Corbould .... special effects (uncredited)
David Ford .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Martin Gutteridge .... special effects supervisor (uncredited)
Jimmy Harris .... special effects (uncredited)
Garth Inns .... special effects (uncredited)
Graham Longhurst .... special effects (uncredited)
Bert Luxford .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Albert Whitlock .... special visual effects (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Peter Brace .... stunts
George Lane Cooper .... stunts (as George Cooper)
Jack Cooper .... stunts
Peter Diamond .... stunts
Joe Dunne .... stunt coordinator
Dorothy Ford .... stunts
Martin Grace .... stunts
Nick Hobbs .... stunts
Mark McBride .... stunts
Dinny Powell .... stunts
Greg Powell .... stunts
Nosher Powell .... stunts
Doug Robinson .... stunts
Eddie Stacey .... stunts
Rocky Taylor .... stunts
Rick Lester .... stunts (uncredited)
Chris Webb .... stunt performer (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ronald Anscombe .... focus puller
David Appleby .... still photographer
George Beavis .... camera grip
Mike Heaviside .... vtr operator
Bob Kindred .... camera operator
John May .... gaffer
Algernon Sucharov .... clapper loader
David Wynn-Jones .... first assistant camera
Don Brown .... video playback operator (uncredited)
John Harris .... additional camera operator (uncredited)
Chris Warren .... additional video operator (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jackie Cummins .... wardrobe mistress
Tiny Nicholls .... wardrobe supervisor
 
Editorial Department
David Beesley .... assistant editor
Geoffrey Edwards .... assistant editor
Alan Killick .... editor: UK
Robert Pergament .... assistant editor
Ken Ross .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Howard Blake .... orchestrator
Leslie Bricusse .... lyricist
Robert Hathaway .... music editor (as Bob Hathaway)
Henry Mancini .... composer: songs
 
Other crew
Jeremy Coote .... production runner
Kay Fenton .... continuity
Geoff Freeman .... publicist
Maggie Goodwin .... assistant choreographer
Lindsey Jones .... director of publicity
Lesley Keane .... assistant: Mr. Adams
Kevin King .... payroll accountant
Sebastian Serrell-Watts .... production assistant
Bernard Spence .... production accountant
Paddy Stone .... choreographer
Francine Taylor .... assistant: Mr. Edwards
Joyce Turner .... production assistant
Peter Corbett .... runner (uncredited)
Steve Dale .... production runner (uncredited)
Callum McDougall .... production runner (uncredited)
Yvonne Spence .... assistant accountant (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Cyril Howard .... the producers wish to thank: for their cooperation in making this motion picture, Pinewood Studios
 

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Runtime:
132 min
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Color (Metrocolor)
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Trivia:
Second and last of two movies Robert Preston made with director Blake Edwards. The first film, S.O.B. (1981), was made and released one year before "Victor Victoria".See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: 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:
Victoria:Could I see the wine list?
Waiter:We have a white 1934, we have a red 1934. Last week we had some Rosee, but we're using it in the salad.
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Soundtrack:
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17 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
A relief from most of today's movies., 1 December 2002
Author: fredmelden from California

Great wit, wonderful set design, very good acting - What can one say bad about the film? Perhaps the plethora of homosexuals was a bit over the top, as was the part of the private investigator, but these are nit-picks hardly noticed against the background of most modern releases. While I dislike musicals intensely, this one is different, most obviously in the setting for the music. Unlike the incongruous breaking out in song in the middle of conversation, this movie's music occurs within the framework of nightclub acts. This adds to the credibility of a plot that could have spun out of control, much as S.O.B. did (unfortunately). What really sets this movie apart from the crowd of box-office hits that plague us is the incredible wit of the dialogue. The writing is truly wonderful! And Preston is perfect for his character, his repartee style as sharp as the lines Blake Edwards puts in his mouth. It is my tendency to pick apart films on the issue of credibility, allowing as we should for the genre of the film. H.G.Wells once said that good science fiction depended on introducing one and only one fantastic idea, and then developing a plot whose events would follow reasonably from that one idea. Bad science fiction, he said, introduces several such incredible inventions and ideas, creating a plot too fantastic for the reader to immerse him/herself in. So too with movies. Good comedy, science fiction, drama, even action plots, should have one premise that might stretch the limit of credibility, and then develop the plot reasonably from there. Most modern box-office hits fail to do this, and in the process of feeding us one fantasy after another to stimulate our interest and attract our dollars, dulls our minds. Victor / Victoria is good writing because it starts with its one major premise - an unsuccessful, though talented singer achieving fame and fortune by altering her sexual image - and lets the plot play itself out. There are a few minor stretches beside the main premise, but without fantastic physical feats, explosions, car chases, and CG effects, Edwards has created a script that pulls - rather than pushes - you in to the plot. The weakest part of the plot is the fact that Andrew's character attains success not just by cross-dressing, but also by substantially altering her act. We are supposed to ignore the fact that she has changed from simply singing to singing with well choreographed movement. However, this is not a serious flaw, because in the real Hollywood (and Broadway), very good talent is habitually unsuccessful, while the fantastic and ridiculous is placed on an altar. (Does anyone really think Schwarzenegger can act?) Did I say acting? Perhaps I saved the best for last. Andrews playing herself is perfect here, Garner is fantastic, and Leslie Ann Warren adapted to her character's personality so completely that I hardly realized it was her. And, at the risk of repetition, Preston is perfection itself. The set design was almost excessive in the distraction it caused, for you could not help noticing how artfully it was designed and lit. Finally, Henry Mancini wrote the music. The DVD commentary added substantially to the production, making the entire package a 5-star offering, a rating I rarely give.

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