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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

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

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Comedy

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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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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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Color by Deluxe)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Candy Darling, a transvestite starlet who appeared in several Andy Warhol films, aggressively campaigned for the lead role. See more »

Goofs

Apparently pieced together from different takes, Myra's blouse collar alternately appears fully outside, partially inside/outside and fully outside her jacket during the scene in which she "depantses" Rusty in her office. 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

References A Yank in the R.A.F. (1941) See more »

Soundtracks

May I Tempt You with a Big Red Rosy Apple?
(uncredited)
Music by Josef Myrow
Lyrics by Mack Gordon
[sung by off screen vocal group]
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Raquel sinks her teeth into "Myra" with relish!
15 January 2001 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

The widow of a gay movie critic hopes to collect on her husband's inheritance, which includes a drama school in Hollywood run by her in-law, Buck Loner, a faded cowboy star. Despite 20th Century-Fox keeping this thing under-wraps for years, the notorious "Myra Breckinridge" is finally beginning to get the recognition it deserves. This Hollywood satire is indeed a misfire, but it isn't a boring one. Based on Gore Vidal's acidic book, it's an amusingly trashy, wicked and low-down look at Hollywood's loss of morals; it isn't meant to be high-brow, and Raquel Welch is ballsy and bitchy as the gal who takes on Tinsel Town. Rex Reed is her alter-ego, John Huston is perfect as Uncle Buck, Mae West is dazed but ribald as a man-hungry talent agent, and Farrah Fawcett is a sweetly stoned ingénue. Vidal (who penned one of the first screenplay drafts himself before being kicked off the project) chastised the picture but, despite some choppy editing and an uncertain direction, it's a movie perfectly in-tune with the source material. After some 30 years, the times have finally caught up with "Myra Breckinridge". **1/2 from ****


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