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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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Did You Know?


Felicity Huffman nicknamed her prosthetic penis "Andy" during filming. See more »


When Toby shows up at Bree's apartment and is smoking, the plate Bree gives him to use as an ashtray moves around between shots. See more »


Toby: You're gonna cut your dick off for Jesus?
Bree Osbourne: They don't "cut it off!" It just becomes an innie instead of an outtie.
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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 78th Annual Academy Awards (2006) See more »


Soy Infeliz
Written by Ventura Romero
Performed by Lola Beltrán
Used by Permission of Peer International Corp. (BMI)
Courtesy of BMG Mexico
Under License from BMG Film & TV Music
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User Reviews

TRANSAMERICA: Dare 2 Be Different & Win Over The Audience
2 December 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The journey Ms. Huffman takes in TRANSAMERICA is one in which many will identify with in needing to become the person you really should be. Ms. Huffman's performance as a "man into a woman" played by a woman is a miracle and a triumphant film performance that an audience should see to fully understand the brilliance of what an actor can transform on film, as well as for the warm, intelligent character, Bree, becomes on the screen.

Please, give Felicity Huffman the Oscar NOW!!! And, The young, brilliant actor, Kevin Zegers, as Toby, commands the role as Bree's son in TRANSAMERICA with just as painful a journey as Bree in wanting to have a better life for himself. Toby and Bree are two soul mates waiting to discover one another, ironically as father and son,as this film brings to a wonderful conclusion.

TRANSAMERICA is a film that should be seen to be understood; a film that presents two characters, father and son, who take a journey together that will change their lives forever. When the Award season commences, Felicity Huffman and Kevin Zegers should be on the stage to receive awards for characters that warm your heart and take you back in time with questions on your own life's directions.

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