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Victor Victoria (1982)

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A struggling female soprano finds work playing a male female impersonator, but it complicates her personal life.

Director:

Blake Edwards

Writers:

Blake Edwards (screenplay), Hans Hoemburg (concept) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Julie Andrews ... Victoria Grant
James Garner ... King Marchand
Robert Preston ... Carole "Toddy" Todd
Lesley Ann Warren ... Norma Cassady
Alex Karras ... 'Squash' Bernstein
John Rhys-Davies ... Andre Cassell
Graham Stark ... Waiter
Peter Arne ... Labisse
Herb Tanney Herb Tanney ... Charles Bovin (as Sherloque Tanney)
Michael Robbins Michael Robbins ... Manager of Victoria's Hotel
Norman Chancer Norman Chancer ... Sal Andratti
David Gant ... Restaurant Manager
Maria Charles Maria Charles ... Madame President
Malcolm Jamieson ... Richard DiNardo
John Cassady ... Juke
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Storyline

In 1934 Paris, trained coloratura soprano Victoria Grant, a native Brit, can't get a job as a singer and is having trouble making ends meet. She doesn't even have enough money for the basics of food and shelter. Gay cabaret singer Carole 'Toddy' Todd may befall the same fate as Victoria as he was just fired from his singing gig at a second rate club named Chez Lui. To solve both their problems, Toddy comes up with what he considers an inspired idea: with Toddy as her manager, Victoria, pretending to be a man, get a job singing as a female impersonator. If they pull this scheme off, Toddy vows Victoria, as her male alter ego, will be the toast of Paris and as such be extremely wealthy. That alter ego they decide is Polish Count Victor Grazinski, Toddy's ex-lover who was disowned by his family when they found out he was gay. The Count auditions for the city's leading agent, Andre Cassell, who, impressed, gets him a gig performing in the city's best nightclub. In the audience on the ... Written by Huggo

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The disguise surprise comedy of the year!


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

19 March 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Victor/Victoria See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$21,933,614
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film was part of a breakthrough cycle of mainstream Hollywood studio movies featuring gay partnerships and drag characters. Others included Making Love (1982), Cruising (1980), Partners (1982), Tootsie (1982), Personal Best (1982), and Yentl (1983). See more »

Goofs

The reaction shots of Andre and Toddy watching Victoria during her first "Shady Dame of Seville" number have them wearing the same boutonnières they wore during her very first show, but when Toddy and Victoria arrive back at the hotel Toddy has a different colored one. See more »

Quotes

Police Inspector: You IDIOT... that's a man!
Labisse: That's not possible.
Police Inspector: Oh yeah? Well when I walked in, the person in that room was naked from the waist down, and if that was a woman, then she was wearing the greatest disguise that I have ever seen.
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Soundtracks

The Shady Dame From Seville
(uncredited)
Music by Henry Mancini
Lyrics by Leslie Bricusse
Performed by Julie Andrews
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The last great musical?
15 January 2003 | by srepkaSee all my reviews

"Victor/Victoria" was the film where Blake Edwards finally managed to deliver his valentine to his wife, Julie Andrews, and convince the public to join in. Maybe because of that, it's one of his most heartfelt movies, and the enormous love between the director and his star do as much to warm up this movie as the careful colour composition of Dick Bush's fantastic - and underrated - photography.

This is a film where everything works perfectly. The acting ranges from the impeccable (the leads) through the touching (Alex Karras) right to the truly sublime (Robert Preston and Lesley Ann-Warren). The musical numbers are lovingly staged and shot and, possibly because this is a pre-MTV film, we actually get to see dancers dancing, as opposed to machine-gun assemblies of body parts performing details of not necessarily connected movements. The directorial touch is assured, proficient but never showy: the many complicated set-ups are executed with elegance, economy - not a frivolous camera movement to be seen - and discretion. (The circular pan around Julie as she sings "Crazy World" is a lovely example of how camera movement can create emotion without drawing attention to itself.) The sets and costumes are lavish but, again, do not distract. The screenplay is witty, full of deft touches, and Edwards treats his rather daring (for 1982) theme without blinking, and with great lucidity. (The other drag film of the year was "Tootsie", which stuck to the romance and stayed away from uncomfortable homosexual touches as much as it managed to.) The timing never falters. And the score is priceless.

All in all, a flawless entertainment, which, like the best movies from the studio system's heyday of which "Victor / Victoria" is a proud and worthy descendant, rewards the attentive (and interested) viewer with far more substance - and style - than might appear at first. I do not have the space to analyse this film at the length it deserves; but I can recommend it, which I do wholeheartedly.


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