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Different for Girls (1996)

Karl Foyle and Paul Prentice were best mates at school in the Seventies. But when they meet again in present-day London things are definitely not the same. Karl is now Kim, a transsexual, ... See full summary »


Richard Spence


Tony Marchant
3 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Steven Mackintosh ... Karl / Kim Foyle
Rupert Graves ... Paul Prentice
Miriam Margolyes ... Pamela
Saskia Reeves ... Jean
Charlotte Coleman ... Alison
Neil Dudgeon ... Neil Payne
Nisha Nayar ... Angela (as Nisha K. Nayar)
Lia Williams ... Defence Solicitor
Ian Dury ... Recovery Agent
Robert Pugh ... DS Cole
Phil Davis ... Taxi Driver (as Philip Davis)
Rick Warden ... PC Ken
Kevin Allen ... PC Alan
Gerard Horan ... Sergeant Harry
Edward Tudor-Pole ... Prosecuting Solicitor


Karl Foyle and Paul Prentice were best mates at school in the Seventies. But when they meet again in present-day London things are definitely not the same. Karl is now Kim, a transsexual, and she has no desire to stir up the past while she's busy forging a neat and orderly new life. Prentice, on the other hand, has charm but is a social disaster stuck in a dead-end job. His main talent is for getting them both into trouble. Amid the squabbles, they start to fall in love. One night, Kim invites Prentice to a romantic dinner at her flat. Prentice, finding the seduction unexpectedly effective, freaks out. He proceeds to make a public display of both of them and winds up in court. Humiliated and angry, Kim runs away. Only she can save Prentice now, but will true love triumph for a new made woman and an aging punk? Written by <jsharp@digitus.mozart.co.uk>

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for nudity, brief graphic sexuality and strong language | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Sat on the shelf for three years before being released. See more »


Paul Prentice: [while making love to Kim] It fits! It bloody fits!
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Keep On Pushin'
written by Findling, Hussman, Sabin, Williams and Smith
performed by Slave Raider
recording company: Zomba Recording Corporation
published by Zomba Music Publishers Ltd
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6 February 2006 | by the_tesseractSee all my reviews

I am a male to female transsexual, and all I can say is this is the first and ONLY film I have seen handle this subject matter with taste and tact.

It sat on my shelf for two years before I watched it. I have seen this theme abused and twisted too many times, and I had assumed the worst. I'm very happy to say I got a very pleasant surprise.

Steven Makintosh did a wonderful job of playing Kim, and the fact that Kim's body is not "perfect" is a touch of reality seldom shown when movies or television fictionalize transition.

It was an honest approach, as opposed to the the usual "and far less realistic" sexy female actress that a Hollywood would have insisted on using.

Kim does not live as a "transgendered person" as is implied in some reviews but as a normal white collar woman in London, her old school friend comes into her structured and very low profile life and turns it upside down from emotional outbursts in restaurants, to a confrontation with the police.

His growing acceptance of Kim as a woman, and their growing relationship are wonderful to behold.

I don't want to give anything away, but from yet another person who's "been there" the film went between having me on the edge of my seat to having me in tears.

I cannot rate this film too highly.

"For people who NEED a nitpick, I think seeing Pauls girl friends reaction to goings on would have been good, she sort of just drops out of the plot and you never really know why"

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Release Date:

12 September 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Crossing the Border See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$52,816, 14 September 1997

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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