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Myra Breckinridge (1970)

R | | Comedy | 24 June 1970 (USA)
After undergoing gender reassignment surgery, an aspiring actress travels to Hollywood, where she also wants to make a claim on her wealthy uncle's estate.

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Michael Sarne

Writers:

Gore Vidal (novel), Michael Sarne (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mae West ... Leticia Van Allen
John Huston ... Buck Loner
Raquel Welch ... Myra Breckinridge
Rex Reed ... Myron
Farrah Fawcett ... Mary Ann Pringle
Roger C. Carmel ... Dr. Randolph Spencer Montag
Roger Herren ... Rusty Godowski
George Furth ... Charlie Flager Jr.
Calvin Lockhart ... Irving Amadeus
Jim Backus ... Doctor
John Carradine ... Surgeon
Andy Devine ... Coyote Bill
Grady Sutton ... Kid Barlow
Robert P. Lieb Robert P. Lieb ... Charlie Flager Sr. (as Robert Lieb)
Skip Ward ... Chance
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Storyline

Myron Breckinridge is waiting for her sex-change operation while a stoned surgeon stumbles into the operating room. Before the drugged doctor begins Myron's operation, he counsels him. Myron persists and the doctor goes through with it. An enthusiastic audience observing the operation applauds the medical achievement and rises in a standing ovation. After the operation, Myron arrives in Hollywood as Myra while in the rest of the film Myron pops up from time to time as Myra's alter ego. Myra goes to an acting academy owned by her uncle, Buck Loner, a former cowboy star. The real reason for Myra's arrival is to claim her half of Uncle Buck's estate, which she says she's entitled to. Buck Loner stalls by giving her a job teaching the history of motion pictures. Buck Loner has several friends. One of them is Letitia Van Allen, an ancient Hollywood talent scout. The sex-starved septuagenarian runs an acting agency "for leading men only." Written by alfiehitchie, RavenGlamDVDCollector ElectricLadyLand

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

From the book that couldn't be written comes the motion picture that couldn't be made! See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 June 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gore Vidal's Myra Breckinridge See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$3,000,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Color by Deluxe)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

About a year prior to the release of this movie, Angie Dickinson played a character called Laura Breckenridge in the Burt Reynolds western Sam Whiskey (1969). Raquel Welch also starred in a Reynolds western during this era, 100 Rifles (1969). See more »

Goofs

When Myra begins preparations to trace Rusty's spine, she uses a buckled strap to keep him from moving - yet strap becomes considerably longer between shot where she anchors his left wrist and shot where she tightens strap on his right wrist. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Myron: [sings to himself] A secret place known to none but me. And in my secret place, you can beg and torture me. I wouldn't tell you where to go. 'Cause in my secret place, secret place, a secret you know. Secret place, a secret you know.
[Surgeon enters to applause]
Surgeon: You realize, once we cut it off, it won't grow back. I mean, it isn't like hair, or fingernails, or toenails, you know.
Myron: What do you think I am, some kind of idiot? I know that!
Surgeon: [shrugs] Eh - how about circumcision? It'd be ...
[...]
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Alternate Versions

Between the DVD "theatrical" version, the "Special Edition" version, and the Magnetic Video version, there are several differences regarding whether or not old movie footage is tinted (Magnetic version has lots of blue and red, DVD "Special Edition" less, DVD "theatrical" the least of all). See more »

Connections

Edited from Unfaithfully Yours (1948) See more »

Soundtracks

American Patrol
(uncredited)
Music by F.W. Meacham
[played while Buck Loner is riding the horse]
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WHAT'S SO BAD, IT'S GOOD?
26 October 2002 | by babypixSee all my reviews

If you go into this exercise in wretched excess expecting a profound viewing experience, you'll be very upset. Part "Blazing Saddles", part "Love American Style", and part "Candy", this film is a tasteless melange of all that was mediocre about late 1960s filmmaking-- cheesy Bachrach-like score, campy costumes, inept acting, and everyone in search of a plot! That having been said, like a train wreck, it's hard to look away. Although most of the production values in this sleaze-fest are abyssmal, there are occasionally clever comic bits of archival footage inserted for (unsubtle) comic affect. Instead of sitttin' wondrin' why, babe, did they cast Raquel Welch, John Carradine, Farrah Fawcett, and egad, Rex Reed; enjoy the lovely cameo appearance by a young mustache-less Tom Selleck, and annoyingly under-the-top performance by 75 y.o. Mae West. This is what to watch when you've grown tired of singing along with "The Rocky Horror Picture Show"!


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