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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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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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The initial idea for the screenplay occurred in a conversation between screenwriter/director Duncan Tucker and intersex actress Katherine Connella. While discussing male/female perceptions, Connella shocked Tucker (they had been sharing a house for about four months at the time) with the revelation that she had been raised as a male. See more »

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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 »

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Toby: Beauty is relative.
Bree Osbourne: Not my relatives.
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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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Silent Night
Written by Franz Gruber (as Franz Xaver Gruber) and Joseph Mohr (Traditional)
Performed by Tish Hinojosa
Courtesy of Texas Music Group / Watermelon Records
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A Touching Film with an Oscar-Worthy Performance
4 May 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was my favorite film of the Tribeca festival. Felicity Huffman's performance is incredible and grabs you from the first scene. It was a smart, poignant and funny film. Some of the characters are too thinly drawn, some of the humor too inappropriately broad but those were minor issues for me. Though rooted in some ways in standard plot devices, the transgender protagonist makes all the difference in the world. Which, in a way, is kind of the point -- how we view people's differences (with acceptance or disdain) says a lot about who we are. Of course, it played well here in New York City. But what about the rest of Bush's America? By the way, I was told that Lions Gate picked up the film for distribution.


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