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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.

Director:

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:

Weird. Wild. Sexy. Strange. 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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Did You Know?

Trivia

One of the conditions that Mae West insisted on be met before she would appear in the film was that she have a couple of musical numbers. 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

"Special Edition" version on Fox DVD is slightly different:
  • The line "don't you ever forget it, you motherfuckers" is (awkwardly) re-dubbed to remove the bleep over "mother."
  • The movie clip used after Myron has an orgasm has changed from a war movie to a Laurel & Hardy bit, where Oliver Hardy has champagne sprayed in his face.
  • The entire scene with Myron waking up in the hospital is now black and white (this, says Michael Sarne, to make it clearer that the rest of the movie was a dream).
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Connections

References Moon Over Miami (1941) See more »

Soundtracks

Secret Place
Written by John Phillips
Sung by Rex Reed (uncredited)
[Also sung by off-screen vocal group]
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Awful
4 September 2009 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

I bought this DVD without any previous reference but the names of John Huston, Raquel Welch, Mae West and Farrah Fawcett on its cover. I found the Brazilian title very weird, but I decided to watch expecting to see a funny comedy maybe like "Switch". However the non-sense story is awful and hard to be described. Myron Breckinridge (Rex Reed) is submitted to a surgery to change his sex in Copenhagen and he returns to Hollywood telling that she is to be Myra Breckinridge (Raquel Welch) and claiming half the property of his uncle Buck Loner (John Huston). Along the days, Myra and her alter-ego Myron corrupt a young couple in her uncle's academy with kinky sex. In a certain moment, the messy screenplay is so confused that I believe the whole story was only a mind trip of Myron induced by the accident. Unfortunately the beauties of Raquel Welch and Farrah Fawcett are not enough to hold this flick. My vote is three.

Title (Brazil): "Homem & Mulher Até Certo Ponto" ("Man & Woman Up to a Point")


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