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The Woman Inside (1981)

R | | Drama | September 1981 (USA)
Viet Nam veteran decides to undergo transgender operation in the 1970's. Melodrama. Ok at best




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Credited cast:
Gloria Manon ... Holly
... Aunt Coll
Marlene Tracy
Michael Mancini
Luce Morgan
Terri Haven
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
... Support Group Leader


Viet Nam veteran decides to undergo transgender operation in the 1970's. Melodrama. Ok at best

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A man on the outside, he was destined to reveal... The Woman Inside




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Aunt: You're gonna have WHAT cut off??
Hollis: I am having a transsexual operation.
Aunt: and that means-(makes a throat slashing motion)? I allways knew you were weird, Hollis, but this is sick! Sick and weird!
Hollis: I'd try to explain it to you, but I know it wouldnt do any good.
Aunt: You dress like a woman. You're begining to look and sound like a woman. I guess its alright if you want to pretend you're a woman...But having your DONG cut off??
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I Actually Liked This
13 January 2018 | by See all my reviews

Despite the bad reviews this film got I actually like it. It does start out slow but gets better. I thought Gloria Manon was great as Hollis/Holly, and I must admit I did think she was a real transsexual at first.

I also had the same reaction that another reviewer had being a transsexual myself. Although, I must correct her that not all of the people in the transgender support group were transsexuals. Several of them were actors, like actor/comedian Jackie Vernon. I'm sure the other one was an actor also because they both looked like men in drag despite supposedly being post-op transsexuals that were living their lives as females. I will admit that was rather funny. I laughed out loud when I saw their "group.' No wonder Holly never went back.

Like the other commenter, I too was put off when I met transsexuals that made the transition later in life, like those in the support group. They came off as phony and only pretending to be a woman than actually having a natural feel for it. As they said in the movie, I don't think they were 'classic transsexuals' but heterosexual transvestites instead. Maybe why they used male actors.

I do wish more would have been explained, however, like how was Hollis/Holly's aunt able to live on her own in their house in Hollywood when Hollis was off fighting in a war? She claimed she had to start selling their furniture so she could eat, but how much furniture could she have had really. She does mention she never had a job, so those furniture sells must've gone a long way...

Also the way it ended with Holly in San Francisco but I never heard her say she was going to S.F. to have suddenly ended up there.

Always I was so glad I finally got to see this movie when I've wanted to see it for so long. But as someone on YouTube said, "I only wish making the transition was that easy," as Holly makes it seem. Ain't that the truth.

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