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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.
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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.
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Release Date:
10 February 2006 (Denmark) See more »
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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:
An Amusing and Heartfelt Twist on the Cross-Country Mis-Matched Pair Genre See more (226 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)
 

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MPAA:
Rated R for sexual content, nudity, language and drug use
Runtime:
103 min
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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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
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
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:
Continuity: The first time they get in the car, Bree insists that Toby wear his seat-belt. A few shots later, she's clearly not wearing her seat-belt while driving. In the midst of a conversation, the seat-belt is fastened.See more »
Quotes:
[Bree gestures at heart, crying]
Bree Osbourne:It hurts.
Margaret:Oh, honey, that's what hearts do.
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Soundtrack:
Take 'Em AwaySee more »

FAQ

The name of the music when Felicity takes the toilet paper roll and the others wait in the truck?
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30 out of 41 people found the following review useful.
An Amusing and Heartfelt Twist on the Cross-Country Mis-Matched Pair Genre, 5 December 2005
Author: noralee from Queens, NY

"Transamerica" follows the trajectory of the long tradition of road movies with opposites paired up on a voyage of self-discovery, with stops along the way to their pasts.

The gimmick here recalls "Broken Flowers"s trip when another biological father discovers a son. Here, it's not just that the person who produced the sperm is on the verge of transsexual completion that helps the film rise above various genre clichés (there was more than passing similarity to scenes from such films as "The Sure Thing," "Smoke Signals," and "Midnight Run" in debut writer/director Duncan Tucker's script, plus unfortunate throwback images of the south from "Deliverance" and way over-the-top dysfunctional families, and some Native American commentary on transsexuals coinciding with a convenient appearance by the ever estimable Graham Greene.)

As graphically embodied in two terrific performances, "Bree" (Felicity Huffman as née "Stanley") and the new-found son "Toby" have opposite relations to their bodies. Having felt like a stealth woman trapped in a man's body, "Bree" is naive to the pleasures of the flesh and is used to having to be wrapped up tight in her struggle to control normality that has impeded every part of her life.

"Toby" is an abused gay hustler who probably for good reason and profit assumes that people of either gender or those in-between are responding to him physically (and Kevin Zegers is such an unfettered, tousled Adonis that he is even more sensual than Joseph Gordon-Levitt's somewhat similar screwed-up kid in "Mysterious Skin").

Both have had only negative experiences with family, as we see along the way, and both have a lot to learn about the parent/child relationship and honesty.

While it makes it too easy for the audience's perception to have the transsexual be played by an actress (like Vanessa Redgrave as Renee Richards or Olympia Dukakis in "Tales of the City" or Famke Janssen on "Nip/Tuck" vs. Terence Stamp in "The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert") with only two momentary reversion lapses to masculine mannerisms played for laughs and revelation, at least for more realism "Bree" is not in the arts or some high-powered white-collar job.

There were a lot of chuckles throughout the film, but I was surprised that not all of the folks at the crowded opening weekend matinée of a very mixed gay and straight audience joined in. (Though the two guys next to me who had been discussing "Lord of the Rings" just before the film started were uproarious at "Toby"s analysis of the gay sub-text in that story.) It was a cheap shot for easy laughs to have "Bree" be half-Jewish.

While I thought it was for symbolism that the two have a key stop-over in Phoenix, it turns out that was filmed at the director's parents' house in Arizona. I presume the kid's concluding black cowboy hat and blond hair is a bit of an homage to "Midnight Cowboy."

The soundtrack selections are excellent reflections of the environments the characters are in, from Latin in California, to hip hop in New York to a lovely range of Southern country and gospel, moving through Texas with a Lucinda Williams track, Native American in New Mexico, with a beautiful new Dolly Parton song over the credits that should get an Oscar nomination.

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