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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 & 14 nominations See more »
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On the Road Again 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)
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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
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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Rated R for sexual content, nudity, language and drug use
Runtime:
103 min
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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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Trivia:
This is the first non-Miramax film to be acquired by Harvey Weinstein and Bob Weinstein.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:
Toby:And these shoes. Three dollars, a dollar fifty each. You know how much these things are worth in Japan?
Bree Osbourne:Three dollars?
Toby:Like 500 dollars. Japanese people kill for old Nikes.
Bree Osbourne:Then you probably should avoid wearing them in Japan.
Toby:Yeah, I'd probably be, like, disemboweled by a ninja.
Bree Osbourne:You don't have to say "like". "Probably disemboweled by a ninja" is sufficient. And please don't put your feet up on the dashboard.
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Soundtrack:
I Don't Want YouSee 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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8 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
On the Road Again, 21 January 2006

TRANSAMERICA Written & Directed by Duncan Tucker

A perky spokesperson is on the television. "This is the voice I want to use," she repeats, staring directly into the camera. Bree Osbourne (Felicity Huffman) watches this instructional tape, using it as yet one more step to ultimately eliminate every trace of Stanley Schupack, the man she once was and biologically still is, or at least she still will be for the next week. Bree is a pre-operation, male-to-female transsexual with a definite distaste for all things supposedly male. This means anything vulgar or classless and even her penis. She would much rather embrace all that is delicate, artistic, and insightful. These conscious decisions show gender as a performance, a calculated choice to put forth the parts of you that you identify as more innately masculine or feminine in accordance with who you want to be. In Bree's case, the decisions she makes are often awkward and misplaced, from the jerkiness of her walk to her often difficult-to-process-how -she-rationalized-that-was-a-good-look- for-her ensembles. Despite that, the decisions she makes are her own and having made them and consequently sticking with them is more important than the decisions themselves. After all, she is about to make a much bigger decision that she will have to live with for the rest of her life

Just as Bree can almost feel the jarring cold of the surgical knife on her skin, she learns that her one sexual fumble with a woman back in college, when she was still Stanley, led to the birth of a child. (oh, those silly college experimentations.) That child, Toby (Kevin Zegers), has gotten himself arrested and sent to a juvenile detention unit up in New York City. In response, Bree's therapist will not sign off on her authorization to go ahead with the surgery if Bree refuses to confront this boy and her past. Upon meeting Toby, Bree learns that he hustles to earn a living and enjoys his hallucinogenics while he is still holding on to his dream of making it in the movies. He aims high but he's still a realist, acknowledging that his big future in the film industry will likely be in gay porn. From the looks of him in his undies, I dare say he's a pretty perceptive kid, not to mention a good shot at success. In the driver's seat we have a timid and awkward father who will soon be a mother but has not divulged this much to her son. In the passenger seat, we have an ambitious and bright young man who has lost his way without realizing. And thus begins the great transamerican road trip from New York City to Los Angeles. Bree's seemingly unsolicited act of kindness inspires Toby to be a better man and return that kindness to this stranger. This cycle continues along the way as we watch two people who are so acutely aware of the roles they portray to the world, shed their thick skins and take on new roles without even realizing they're doing it. One is trying to be heard right now and the other has tried for so long not to be seen. Yet on this cross country trek, they both leave these acts they're so used to aside and embrace their new selves as a mother who helps her child see his worth and a child who makes his mother feel more like a woman than any instructional videotape or hormone she's ever seen or taken.

Felicity Huffman knows how to play a reluctant mother. As the exhausted mother of four, Lynette Scavo on television's DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES, Huffman exhibits her strengths as an actress by playing Lynette as a woman who relies on her instincts. She is protective and fierce while still sensitive and nurturing. While her television character's hesitation comes from a lack of confidence in her abilities to embody one of life's most natural roles, her TRANSAMERICA film persona holds back for mostly selfish reasons. She has not felt like herself her entire life (The look of disgust on her face when a doctor asks how she feels about her penis hits hard for how quick and harsh a reaction it is). Having a problem son to deal with and eventually confront regarding his misconceived notions about his birth father is a direct obstacle that she had not counted on. This is her initial fear but Bree is actually terrified that she has no nurturing capabilities just like her television counterpart. It is only by spending time with her son that she comes to learn that she has much wisdom to impart upon him, that she was not ruined entirely by her parents or that she could stand to learn a thing or two from him as well.

The issue of control, having it in one's life or over one's self is a struggle for most but can be even more of an arduous challenge for marginalized people, like a transsexual person. He or she not only needs to ingest numerous hormones in order be more like the person they feel they are inside which is in complete contradiction to the body they've been given but they then have to deal with the ignorance and judgment that is given to them each time they put on their armor and walk outside their door. TRANSAMERICA is a film about learning how to incorporate the person you've always known yourself to be, the person you so desperately want to become and about healing the relationships with the people you meet and touch along the winding road that gets you there.

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