IMDb > Transamerica (2005)
Transamerica
Quicklinks
Top Links
trailers and videosfull cast and crewtriviaofficial sitesmemorable quotes
Overview
main detailscombined detailsfull cast and crewcompany credits
Awards & Reviews
user reviewsexternal reviewsawardsuser ratingsparents guidemessage board
Plot & Quotes
plot summarysynopsisplot keywordsmemorable quotes
Did You Know?
triviagoofssoundtrack listingcrazy creditsalternate versionsmovie connectionsFAQ
Other Info
box office/businessrelease datesfilming locationstechnical specsliterature listingsNewsDesk
Promotional
taglines trailers and videos posters photo gallery
External Links
showtimesofficial sitesmiscellaneousphotographssound clipsvideo clips

Transamerica (2005) More at IMDbPro »

Photos (See all 68 | slideshow) Videos (see all 5)
Transamerica -- 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.
Transamerica -- Clip: Ninja
Transamerica -- 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.
Transamerica -- Clip: Arcade

Overview

User Rating:
7.5/10   33,653 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
MOVIEmeter: ?
Up 13% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Director:
Writer:
Contact:
View company contact information for Transamerica on IMDbPro.
Release Date:
10 February 2006 (Denmark) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Life is more than the sum of its parts. See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 29 wins & 16 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Felicity Huffman's wry performance is Oscar quality See more (227 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Andrea James ... Voice Coach

Felicity Huffman ... Bree

Danny Burstein ... Dr. Spikowsky
Maurice Orozco ... Fernando

Elizabeth Peña ... Margaret
Craig Bockhorn ... Sergeant

Paul Borghese ... New York City Cop

Kevin Zegers ... Toby

Jon Budinoff ... Alex

Venida Evans ... Arletty

Raynor Scheine ... Bobby Jensen
Kate Bayley ... Tennessee Waitress

Stella Maeve ... Taylor

Teala Dunn ... Little Girl

Jim Frangione ... Taylor's Father
Bianca Leigh ... Mary Ellen
Kelly O'Donnell ... Kelly

Calpernia Addams ... Calpernia
Sandi Alexander ... Sandi
Melissa Sklarz ... Melissa
Felicia Kittles ... Felicia
David Harrison ... David
Lynn Laurino ... Lady in Pink
Forrie J. Smith ... Sammy (as Forrie Smith)

Grant Monohon ... Hitchhiker

Graham Greene ... Calvin

Fionnula Flanagan ... Elizabeth

Burt Young ... Murray

Carrie Preston ... Sydney
Elayne Stein ... Phoenix Lady

Amy Povich ... Phoenix Cop
Burton Ellis ... Male Nurse (as Burton Elias)
Cecy ... Filipino Nurse
Matt Young ... Wayne

Barbara Barron ... Mrs. Swallow (as Barbara Hubbard Barron)
Steve Hurwitz ... Harvey

Richard Poe ... John
Lou Lou ... Gas Station Dog
Zero T. Poodle ... Lucky
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Wesley Norton ... Trucker (uncredited)
David Sotelo ... Man in Truck (uncredited)

Directed by
Duncan Tucker 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Duncan Tucker 

Produced by
Rene Bastian .... producer (as René Bastian)
Lucy Cooper .... associate producer
Lucy Cooper .... line producer
Sebastian Dungan .... producer
William H. Macy .... executive producer
Linda Moran .... producer
 
Original Music by
David Mansfield 
 
Cinematography by
Stephen Kazmierski (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Pam Wise 
 
Casting by
Eve Battaglia 
 
Production Design by
Mark White 
 
Set Decoration by
Lisa Scoppa  (as Lisa Crivelli Scoppa)
 
Costume Design by
Danny Glicker 
 
Makeup Department
Lynn Campbell .... key hair stylist
Lynn Campbell .... key makeup artist
Jason Hayes .... wig designer: Felicity Huffman, Hot House Flowers Beauty Services
Gerard Kelly .... wig designer: Felicity Huffman, Hot House Flowers Beauty Services
Heidi Kulow .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Celia Hallquist .... production manager: Los Angeles
Elinyisia Mosha .... production manager
Karen O'Toole .... production manager: Arizona
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David Blazina .... additional second assistant director
Lauren Guilmartin .... second assistant director
Urs Hirschbiegel .... first assistant director
Sebastian Mazzola .... first assistant director: Los Angeles
Justin Ritson .... second second assistant director
 
Art Department
Pastor Alvarado III .... prop assistant
Kat Donahue .... set dresser: New York
Neil Driscoll Jr. .... leadman: New York
Jeff Everett .... art director: Los Angeles
Sam Gutierrez .... leadman: Arizona (as Samuel Gutierrez)
Duke Scoppa .... property master (as Edward P. Scoppa Jr.)
Todd M. Serkland .... set dresser: Arizona
Emily Gaunt .... scenic (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Carlie Bergman .... adr assistant
Carlie Bergman .... foley assistant
Louis Bertini .... supervising sound editor
Leslie Bloom .... foley artist
Laura Congleton .... assistant sound editor
David Diamond .... sound mixer: Los Angeles (as Dave Diamond)
Christopher Fondulas .... boom operator: New York
Katherine Gordon Miller .... assistant sound editor
Douglas Murray .... adr mixer (as Doug Murray)
Douglas Murray .... foley mixer (as Doug Murray)
Chris Rich .... sound facility supervisor (as Christopher Rich)
Griffin Richardson .... sound recordist
Gabriel Sanders .... boom operator: Arizona
Tony Volante .... sound re-recording mixer
David Corcoran .... sound recordist (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Markus Janner .... opticals: Duart Digital
Jennifer Russomanno .... opticals: Duart Digital
Keith Yurevitz .... opticals: Duart Digital
Charlie Kirby .... MTI artist (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Manny Siverio .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Tom Camarda .... director of photography: Los Angeles
Jay Coolidge .... second assistant camera: Arizona
Ricardo Fernandes .... camera production assistant
Ryan Hill .... gaffer: Los Angeles
Bob Izzo .... key grip
Denisse Kindl .... camera loader: Los Angeles (as Denise Kindl)
Josh Madera .... key grip: Los Angeles
Jim Mickle .... best boy grip
Jessica Miglio .... still photographer: New York
Laura Nespola .... second assistant camera: New York
Doug Oh .... first assistant camera: Los Angeles
Joseph Paolini .... third grip
Marialuisa Ramirez .... lighting technician
Eddie Rodriguez .... first assistant camera
R. Samul .... swing
Steve Siddell .... best boy electric
Jason Velez .... gaffer
Rafael Winer .... still photographer: New York & Arizona
 
Casting Department
Gay Gilbert .... casting: Arizona, Producers Network
Gil Kruger .... casting assistant (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Erika Munro .... wardrobe supervisor
Tara Wise .... wardrobe production assistant (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Ed Beyer .... film timer (as Ed Beyers)
Joe Monge .... technical supervisor: Duart
John Rehberger .... on-line editor: Duart
Mara Safransky .... assistant editor
Jane Tolmachyov .... colorist: Duart (as Jane Tolmachov)
 
Music Department
Doug Bernheim .... music supervisor
Katie Bull .... vocal coach: Felicity Huffman
David Mansfield .... musician
 
Transportation Department
Tony Diaz .... driver: grip/electrician truck
George Swinney .... driver: production trailer (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Roni Armstrong .... craft service: Verna's Viddles
Michele Baker .... location manager
Kate Bayley .... assistant: Felicity Huffman
David Bianchi .... assistant location manager: Arizona
Kathryn Blacker .... set production assistant
Matthew Braman .... set production assistant
Emerson E. Bruns .... production counsel
Federico Brusilovsky .... key production assistant: Arizona
Blake Davis .... set production assistant
Sharif Davis .... set production assistant
Jason Dorris .... additional production assistant
Scott Ferlisi .... location scout: New York
Rebecca Fulton .... script supervisor
Christoper Gerrit .... production assistant: Los Angeles (as Christopher Gerrit)
Bret A. Haines .... set production assistant
Verna Hampton .... craft service: Verna's Viddles
Ryan Horrigan .... set production assistant
Greg Houston .... production assistant
Sondra James .... loop group coordinator
Markus Janner .... title designer: Duart Digital
Theis Jessen .... assistant to producers
Nathan Kappel .... additional production assistant (as Nathaniel Kappel)
Todd Kruger .... production assistant: Los Angeles
Jesse Lehrhoff .... set production assistant
Marlon Marcelle .... production assistant
Dominic Mazzola .... production assistant: Los Angeles
Marcy McKenzie .... assistant location manager: New York
Danielle Motti .... office production assistant
Chad Nicholson .... set production assistant (as Chad Richard Nicholson)
Shane O'Dell .... office manager
Jason Perez .... set production assistant
Rachel Richwine .... production intern
Camilla Rubis .... production intern
Jennifer Russomanno .... title designer: Duart Digital
Katie Scholz .... set production assistant
Gwen Schroeder .... assistant production office coordinator (as Gwen Schmitt)
Michael Sledd .... production coordinator
Sally Steele .... publicist
Cordelia Stephens .... clearances
Cordelia Stephens .... product placement
Jesse Toledano .... key production assistant: New York
Jeremy Walker .... unit publicist
Kristel Wedin .... set production assistant
Tara Wise .... additional production assistant (as Tara R. Wise)
Keith Yurevitz .... title designer: Duart Digital
Blanca Camacho .... adr loop group (uncredited)
Blake Davis .... production coordinator: second unit (uncredited)
Lauren Fritz .... location scout (uncredited)
Dan O'Meara .... sales representative (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Lawrence Blume .... special thanks
Brian David Cange .... special thanks
Marília Pêra .... special thanks (as Marila Pera)
Laila Robins .... special thanks
Barbara Sukowa .... special thanks (as Barbara Sukova)
 

Production CompaniesDistributorsSpecial EffectsOther Companies

Additional Details

Also Known As:
MPAA:
Rated R for sexual content, nudity, language and drug use
Runtime:
103 min
Country:
Language:
Color:
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:MA | Brazil:14 | Canada:18A | Chile:14 | China:(Banned) | Finland:K-15 | France:U (with warning) | Germany:12 | Iceland:14 (original rating) | Iceland:16 (video rating) | Ireland:15 (DVD rating) | Ireland:16 (theatrical rating) | Japan:R-15 | Malaysia:18PL | Netherlands:MG6 | Peru:14 | Philippines:R-13 | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:R21 | South Korea:18 | Sweden:7 | Switzerland:14 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:14 (canton of Vaud) | UK:15 | USA:R
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Felicity Huffman had to finish shooting her scenes earlier than scheduled when she secured a role on "Desperate Housewives" (2004).See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: As Toby is packing his backpack, he pulls out the dog encyclopedia and puts it on top, but a moment later it is gone, then back again.See more »
Quotes:
Calvin:[when Bree coughs after drinking mescal] That'll put hair on your chest.
Bree Osbourne:[clasps hands as if praying] Hope not.
[laughs]
See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Like a RoseSee more »

FAQ

The name of the music when Felicity takes the toilet paper roll and the others wait in the truck?
See more »
157 out of 186 people found the following review useful.
Felicity Huffman's wry performance is Oscar quality, 10 August 2005
Author: bliss_s from United States

I first saw Transamerica as the closing film for the Frameline film festival in San Francisco where it won the "The Frameline Audience Award for Best Feature". The film was obviously a labor of love. Duncan Tucker wrote, directed and wisely cast Felicity Huffman as Bree (before she had been cast as a "desperate housewife"). Huffman's husband William Macy was executive producer.

The plot line is certainly the tried and true formula of the transformational road trip, yet the irony of Bree's concurrent sexual transformation freshens a story that could easily have been cliché. Kevin Zegers and the rest of the supporting cast are superb, but Huffman's characterization of Bree is Oscar caliber.

See Transamerica! It's not tragic like "Boys Don't Cry". It's not about sexuality, fetish, or camp. It's a movie about otherness, transformation, family, and ultimately acceptance. Felicity Huffman's Golden Globe winning and Oscar nominated performance is absolutely astounding. Her acting skill fills Bree with insecurity, pathos, warmth, humor, and growth which ultimately transforms the audience's involvement from freak show curiosity to empathy and identification.

Thankfully the Weinstein brothers recognized just how outstandingly strong this performance is and decided that Transamerica would be one of the first films they would choose to distribute after their great success at Miramax.

I saw this movie again during it's limited distribution, again in general distribution and now own the DVD. Each time I've watched it I find even more to like. Transamerica is an indie classic.

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (227 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for Transamerica (2005)
Recent Posts (updated daily)User
Native Music larsonszoo
Desert Lake? northernlassmag
Where does Bree live in the beginning? northernlassmag
For the ignorant public. fallenangels
Casting Bree with genetic woman vs transwoman jbjjunk
Vinyl Aria linn_hojer
See more »

Recommendations

If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
Freeway Nowhere A Single Man Little Fish Little Miss Sunshine
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb Adventure section IMDb USA section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.