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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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The disguise surprise comedy of the year!


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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:

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Gross USA:

$21,933,614
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Because this was filmed entirely on sound stages at Pinewood Studios in the U.K., the budget spiraled, partially due to expensive sets -- notably the high-end nightclub, luxury Art Deco hotel rooms, exterior Paris street scenes, and agent offices. 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

Toddy: You were going to trade your virtue for a meatball!
Victoria: Well, I was out of my mind with hunger at the time, and at least it was something for something.
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References I Was a Male War Bride (1949) See more »

Soundtracks

Finale/Shady Dame From Seville (Reprise)
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Music by Henry Mancini
Lyrics by Leslie Bricusse
Performed by Robert Preston
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A relief from most of today's movies.
1 December 2002 | by fredmeldenSee all my reviews

Great wit, wonderful set design, very good acting - What can one say bad about the film? Perhaps the plethora of homosexuals was a bit over the top, as was the part of the private investigator, but these are nit-picks hardly noticed against the background of most modern releases. While I dislike musicals intensely, this one is different, most obviously in the setting for the music. Unlike the incongruous breaking out in song in the middle of conversation, this movie's music occurs within the framework of nightclub acts. This adds to the credibility of a plot that could have spun out of control, much as S.O.B. did (unfortunately). What really sets this movie apart from the crowd of box-office hits that plague us is the incredible wit of the dialogue. The writing is truly wonderful! And Preston is perfect for his character, his repartee style as sharp as the lines Blake Edwards puts in his mouth. It is my tendency to pick apart films on the issue of credibility, allowing as we should for the genre of the film. H.G.Wells once said that good science fiction depended on introducing one and only one fantastic idea, and then developing a plot whose events would follow reasonably from that one idea. Bad science fiction, he said, introduces several such incredible inventions and ideas, creating a plot too fantastic for the reader to immerse him/herself in. So too with movies. Good comedy, science fiction, drama, even action plots, should have one premise that might stretch the limit of credibility, and then develop the plot reasonably from there. Most modern box-office hits fail to do this, and in the process of feeding us one fantasy after another to stimulate our interest and attract our dollars, dulls our minds. Victor / Victoria is good writing because it starts with its one major premise - an unsuccessful, though talented singer achieving fame and fortune by altering her sexual image - and lets the plot play itself out. There are a few minor stretches beside the main premise, but without fantastic physical feats, explosions, car chases, and CG effects, Edwards has created a script that pulls - rather than pushes - you in to the plot. The weakest part of the plot is the fact that Andrew's character attains success not just by cross-dressing, but also by substantially altering her act. We are supposed to ignore the fact that she has changed from simply singing to singing with well choreographed movement. However, this is not a serious flaw, because in the real Hollywood (and Broadway), very good talent is habitually unsuccessful, while the fantastic and ridiculous is placed on an altar. (Does anyone really think Schwarzenegger can act?) Did I say acting? Perhaps I saved the best for last. Andrews playing herself is perfect here, Garner is fantastic, and Leslie Ann Warren adapted to her character's personality so completely that I hardly realized it was her. And, at the risk of repetition, Preston is perfection itself. The set design was almost excessive in the distraction it caused, for you could not help noticing how artfully it was designed and lit. Finally, Henry Mancini wrote the music. The DVD commentary added substantially to the production, making the entire package a 5-star offering, a rating I rarely give.


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