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Transamerica (2005)

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A pre-operative male-to-female transsexual takes an unexpected journey when she learns that she fathered a son, now a teenage runaway hustling on the streets of New York.

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Dr. Spikowsky
Maurice Orozco ...
Fernando
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Margaret
Craig Bockhorn ...
Sergeant
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New York City Cop
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Alex
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Arletty
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Bobby Jensen
Kate Bayley ...
Tennessee Waitress
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Taylor
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Little Girl
Jim Frangione ...
Taylor's Father
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Southern Californian Bree Osbourne, formerly Stanley Chupak, has finally received the news for which she has been waiting: she has been approved for male-to-female sexual reassignment surgery. But before Margaret, her therapist, will allow her to go through with the surgery scheduled in a week's time, Bree has to deal with an unresolved problem from her past. Bree gets a telephone call from a seventeen year old man named Toby Wilkins, who is looking for Stanley, his biological father. Toby is in a New York jail, having been supporting himself by petty crime and hustling. Stanley/Bree knew nothing about Toby before the telephone call. Toby apparently is all alone in the world, with his mother having committed suicide and being estranged from his stepfather in Tennessee. Masquerading as a Christian social worker, Bree, not telling him either of her true identity or her transgender status, bails Toby out of jail and tells him she will take him to Los Angeles, where Toby has aspirations ... Written by Huggo

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Rated R for sexual content, nudity, language and drug use | See all certifications »

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10 February 2006 (Denmark)  »

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$1,000,000 (estimated)

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$34,726 (Argentina) (15 September 2006)

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$79,247 (Argentina) (22 September 2006)
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Felicity Huffman had to stay in character all day, while shooting. This included having to keep Bree's voice on so that she wouldn't lose it. If she turned it "off" she would lose the voice. See more »

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During the trip from New York to California, Toby asks why they are heading to Dallas. The scene changes from a Midwest setting to inside the Deck Park Tunnel on I-10 in Phoenix heading West (already past Dallas), back to a Midwest neighborhood. See more »

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Bree: I got a phone call last night from a juvenile inmate of the New York prison system. He claimed to be Stanley's son.
Margaret: No third-person.
[brief pause]
Bree: My son.
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For all people of trans experience, For all people of any experience, and For my family. See more »

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Featured in Empire: The World's Best Movie Quiz (2006) See more »

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Like a Rose
Written and Lucinda Williams
Performed by Lucinda Williams
Published by Warner Tamerlane Publishing Corp. o/b/o itself and Lucy Jones Music (BMI)
Courtesy of Koch Records
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I loved Transamerica!
25 April 2005 | by (New York, NY, United States) – See all my reviews

I am so glad I had the opportunity to see this film last night, and I truly hope that a distributor was in the audience because this film should be seen by the masses. I would buy it in a heartbeat if were available on DVD.

This was my first time attending the festival, and the first film I chose after looking through listings. I won't say any more because I don't want to spoil the plot, but just know that it was a good movie and worth the long wait in line to get tickets. Great work, and good luck!

Have a great day,


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