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The costume worn by Julie Andrews, in the number "The Shady Dame From Seville", is in fact the same costume worn by Robert Preston at the end of the film. The costume was made to fit Preston, and then, using a series of hooks and eyes at the back, it was drawn in tightly to fit Andrews' shapely figure. Additional black silk ruffles were also added to the bottom of the costume, to hide the differences in height. It's a pleasure to watch the costume being purposefully damaged by Preston. Now in a private collection, the rips and tears are still present. The fabric is a black and brown crepe, with fine gold threads woven into it, which when lit, appears to have an almost wet look about it.
Robert Preston did the final musical number in one take, which explains why he was so clearly out of breath, physically stressed, and sweating profusely during the second half of the number.
The film had been planned as early as 1978 with Julie Andrews to star alongside Peter Sellers, but Sellers died in 1980 while Andrews and Blake Edwards were filming S.O.B. (1981). Robert Preston was cast in the role of Toddy originally envisaged for Sellers.
Director Blake Edwards admitted in an interview that he "chickened out", and added the scene in which King Marchand (James Garner) discovers that Victoria (Julie Andrews) is indeed a woman. Originally he was to fall in love with Victoria before he was sure about her gender, hence his line "I don't care if you are a man" before he kisses her.
The young man who says Victor is "divine" at rehearsal is Blake Edwards' son and Julie Andrews' stepson, Geoffrey Edwards.
The cockroaches were in a kind of deep freeze coma. They were placed where necessary for the scene and heated with a hair dryer. The crew could only hope that they went in the right direction and no one knew quite where they went after filming of the scene was completed.
This picture was one of three films providing four performances that were Oscar nominated for drag at the 1983 Academy Awards ceremony, an all-time record for any one year. The movies and actors were: Dustin Hoffman for Tootsie (1982); Julie Andrews and Robert Preston for Victor Victoria (1982) and John Lithgow for The World According to Garp (1982).
To prepare for her role in this film, actress Julie Andrews watched Viktor and Viktoria (1933) and took boxing lessons for her punch-out scene. Reportedly, Andrews struggled with her role in this film. Andrews has said of this: "There were so many things to be worked out. As someone who likes to be in control, I felt wobbly. There was something else, too: When you get older, you kind of get on to yourself. You know the tricks you play to get by, and you like them less and less if you care about your work. I was trying hard to get away from them and was sometimes falling back."
Both Julie Andrews and Lesley Ann Warren starred as Cinderella in TV productions of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II's Cinderella.
Julie Andrews really is terrified of cockroaches.
This film was based on a 1933 German film Viktor and Viktoria (1933) which also exists in an alternate language version as Georges et Georgette (1934). These were remade soon after in 1935 with First a Girl (1935) and again with Viktor and Viktoria (1957). Actress Julie Andrews watched the first film to prepare for her role. This film Victor Victoria (1982) then later became the basis of a successful Broadway musical starring Andrews and again directed by husband Blake Edwards. This Broadway musical version was then made for television Victor/Victoria (1995) also starring Andrews and directed by Edwards.
Second film that Julie Andrews and James Garner did together.
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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.
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The Broadway musical "Victor Victoria" based on the movie opened at the Marquis Theater on October 25, 1995 and ran for 734 performances. Liza Minnelli substituted for Julie Andrews while she was on vacation and Raquel Welch took over for her when she left the show.
Rumors that Tom Selleck was at one time under consideration to play King Marchand were denied by Blake Edwards, who insisted that his first and only choice for the role was James Garner.
The film was part of a breakthrough cycle of mainstream Hollywood studio movies featuring gay partnerships and drag characters. Others included Making Love (1982), Cruising (1980), Partners (1982), Tootsie (1982) and Personal Best (1982).
During the "Le Jazz Hot" rehearsal sequence, the choreographer who appears to help "Victor" run through the steps is actually choreographer Paddy Stone. He would also appear uncredited as "The Devil" in the surrealistic "Night Wind Goes To Hell" scene in Edwards' bitch-slap at Hollywood, S.O.B. (1981).
This was the second consecutive movie that actress Julie Andrews provoked controversy in relation to sexuality. In S.O.B. (1981), Andrews had controversially appeared topless thereby smashing her nice Mary Poppins (1964) image. Andrews then in this movie appeared as a woman in drag, pretending to be a man, pretending to be woman.
Though Blake Edwards' movies garnered quite a number of Oscar nominations over the years, prior to Edwards being awarded an Honorary Oscar in 2004 in recognition of his writing, directing and producing an extraordinary body of work for the screen, this film Victor Victoria (1982) was the only ever movie that Edwards himself was nominated for an Academy Award, and it was for Best Adapted Screenplay.
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.
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Lesley Ann Warren was offered the stage role of Norma Cassidy (her Oscar (R) nominated role) in the stage version of "Victor/Victoria" starring Julie Andrews, but had to turn it down due to other movie commitments.
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One of many numerous collaborations of composer Henry Mancini and director Blake Edwards.
Blake Edwards has said that it only took a month to write this film's screenplay.
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Last movie of Julie Andrews and Robert Preston together, after making the movie S.O.B. in 1981.
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Julie Andrews recreated her role in 1995 in the Broadway production of Victor/Victoria.
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First of two movies that actor James Garner made with director Blake Edwards. The second was Sunset (1988) approximately six years later.
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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.
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Julie Andrews and Blake Edwards are couple in real life.
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Lorimar was originally supposed to produce the film, but after seeing that it would cost $20 million, they turned the rights over to MGM.
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This was the first of director Blake Edwards' gender-bender movies and would be followed by Skin Deep (1989) and Switch (1991).
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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".
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One of two 1982 pictures directed by Blake Edwards released in that year. The other movie was Trail of the Pink Panther (1982).
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Tom Selleck was approached by Blake Edwards to star with Julie Andrews in the film, but he was indecisive about accepting the part. By the time he agreed to appear, he was already locked into a tight shooting schedule for Magnum, P.I. (1980) - the same reason he was unable to star in Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981).
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Dick Bush replaced Ernest Day as cinematographer.
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