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Transamerica (2005)

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



Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 31 wins & 22 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Voice Coach
Dr. Spikowsky
Maurice Orozco ...
Craig Bockhorn ...
New York City Cop
Bobby Jensen
Kate Bayley ...
Tennessee Waitress
Little Girl
Taylor's Father


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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Life is a journey. Bring an open mind. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

3 March 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Transamérica  »

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Box Office


$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$9,013,113 (USA) (26 May 2006)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


This is the first non-Miramax film to be acquired by Harvey Weinstein and Bob Weinstein. See more »


The desk sergeant's name tag is blank. See more »


Bree Osbourne: My body may be a work-in-progress, but there is nothing wrong with my soul.
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Crazy Credits

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


References The Simpsons: Lisa the Tree Hugger (2000) See more »


So Beautiful
Written by David Poe
Performed by David Poe
Published by Charming Martyr Music (BMI) administered by Electric Pacific Songs
Courtesy of David Poe
By Arrangement with Pacific Electric Music Group
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User Reviews

A REALLY good film. Its about humanity and bonding and people being themselves.
28 June 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I was excited to be involved in a film concerning trans-gendering. I was particularly happy about the exquisite care taken by the writer/director, Duncan Tucker, and the stars Felicity Huffman and Kevin Zeger to NOT trivialize or titillate the issue. A very good film. The humor and relevance of this film seems, to me, to be self-explanatory in this global and interactive world. I think this film could be educational, entertaining and a calming influence in a world that is increasingly diverse.

As far as production values, I was pleasantly surprised to see that the film did not look "low budget". The settings, cinematography, acting and directing was as professional as anything I've EVER seen. Very Good Job by all involved. KUDOS!!!!

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