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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.

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Blake Edwards

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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 ... 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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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

There were three films, and within them four 1983 Oscar-nominated performances, which featured gender-bending story lines, an all-time record for any one year. The movies and actors were: Dustin Hoffman for Tootsie (1982); Julie Andrews and Robert Preston for Victor Victoria (1982) and John Lithgow for The World According to Garp (1982). See more »

Goofs

The song Norma sings in the nightclub, "Chicago, Illinois," includes the line "maybe some day we'll have an airport." The movie is set in 1933. Midway Airport began operations in 1927 and by 1929 was considered "the world's busiest airport" with over 100,000 passengers annually. See more »

Quotes

King Marchand: [working out at a gym] Hey, Squash...
'Squash' Bernstein: Yeah?
King Marchand: Can I ask you a... personal question?
'Squash' Bernstein: Go ahead.
King Marchand: How long, I mean... exactly when did you know you...
'Squash' Bernstein: How long have I been gay?
King Marchand: Yeah.
'Squash' Bernstein: Oh, God, I can't remember when I wasn't!
King Marchand: I've known you for fifteen years...
'Squash' Bernstein: You know a lot of guys, boss, you'd be surprised.
[...]
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Soundtracks

Chicago, Illinois
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Music by Henry Mancini
Lyrics by Leslie Bricusse
Performed by Lesley Ann Warren
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Highly enjoyable transgender comedy with Andrews and Preston at their best...
3 September 2006 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

Paris in the '30s is the setting for this screwball sex comedy wherein JULIE ANDREWS, for the sake of being employed, takes a job as a woman pretending to be a man pretending to be a woman--figure that one out. Then we have a great moment when ROBERT PRESTON does an imitation of Julie singing "The Shady Dame from Seville" in drag--yes drag--the actor who played such sturdy romantic leads in the '40s and '50s is hilarious as a gay blade who hooks up with Julie during a restaurant scene in which she plants a cockroach in her plate to avoid paying for dinner.

That's the kind of romp this is. And it's extremely witty, with JAMES GARNER as Julie's romantic interest who hasn't figured out why he's so attracted to "the shady dame" when she's supposed to be a man.

First-rate sets and cinematography in color, and while none of it really makes any sense, the song and dance routines are fabulous with some great tunes by Henry Mancini. LESLEY ANN WARREN gives a priceless performance as a bird brained vamp in her Oscar nominated supporting role.


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