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Transamerica (2005)

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.

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Voice Coach
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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
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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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3 March 2006 (USA)  »

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$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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$9,013,113 (USA) (26 May 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 »

Goofs

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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[discovering that her son is a frog-stealing, drug addicted prostitute]
Bree Osbourne: How much is the bail?
NYC Cop: Bail is set at one dollar.
Bree Osbourne: I can't possible afford... one dollar?
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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 When We Rise: The People Behind the Story (2017) See more »

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Jol'inkomo
Written by Gibson Mtutuzeli Kente and Letta Mbulu
Performed by Miriam Makeba
Published by Warner/Chappell Music, Inc. (ASCAP)
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records
By Arrangement with Warner Strategic Marketing
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People who might really exist
18 October 2005 | by (Austria) – See all my reviews

TRANSAMERICA is a film where you meet people who might really exist. And real people are not only great or terrible, they are mostly both. It is the acting and the dialog which makes all the difference. The film offers a blueprinted storyline of two people who don't know each other traveling together across the US, from NY to LA. Memories of MIDNIGHT RUN and RAIN MAN do come up once in a while. But still this is everything but a Hollywood product. The main character is a Transsexual named Bree, born as a man but living the past few years as a woman, only days before her operation which will definitely make her a woman. That subject and, the fact, that the role is played by an actress signifies a very different approach to the old gender questions. The film offers funny moments too, but never makes fun about a man, wanting to be a woman. The film is very subtle, and it is really a pity when it is finally over. It displays very well that great stories don't require great budgets to make great films! 9 out of 10!


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