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

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3 March 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Transamérica  »

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$1,000,000 (estimated)

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$46,908 (USA) (2 December 2005)


$79,247 (Argentina) (22 September 2006)

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Not knowing the film would be such a success, most of the wardrobe and props were donated to charity and thrift stores after production wrapped. See more »


When Bree is shown coming around after having had her final surgery, her fingernails still have polish on them. Nail polish is always removed prior to surgery, so that any changes in coloring (nails turning blue due to lack of oxygen) are detected by medical personnel. See more »


Sydney: There's this scruffy looking kid outside. If he's your boyfriend, I'm totally going to slit my wrists.
Elizabeth Osbourne: That dirty-looking boy who came to the door a second ago is your boyfriend? How old is he?
Bree Osbourne: 17.
Elizabeth Osbourne: Oh, my God, Murray, he's underage!
Bree Osbourne: Mom, he's my son.
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Crazy Credits

For all people of trans experience, For all people of any experience, and For my family. See more »


Featured in The 63rd Annual Golden Globe Awards (2006) See more »


Beautiful Dreamer
Music and lyrics by Stephen Foster
Performed by Graham Greene
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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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