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A Midwestern husband and father announces her plan to have a sex change operation.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Roy Sr. - Roy's Father
Mary Seibel ... Em - Roy's Mother
... Church Friend Pete
... Irma Applewood
... Roy 'Ruth' Applewood
... Patty Ann Applewood
Randall Arney ... Reverend Dale Muncie
Rich Komenich ... Co-Worker Bob
Kirk Anderson ... Machinist
Christian Ambrose ... Band Member #1
Joe Foust ... Roadie #1
Sean Rice ... Band Member #2
Mickey Tuman ... Roadie #2
... Wayne Applewood (as Joe Sikora)
... Frank
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In the countryside of the United States of America, Irma Applewood and her husband Roy Applewood have been happily married for twenty-five years and they are model citizens in their community. Roy brings Irma to meet Reverend Dale Muncie, who is their pastor and friend, to tell that he is a woman trapped in a man's body and he will have a sex-change operation. Now Roy has to face the deception of his wife and the intolerance of his colleagues, members of his church and his son Wayne. But Irma loves him and after the impact of the news, she understands and supports him with their teenage daughter Patty Ann (Hayden Panettiere) and Roy's boss Frank ('Clancy Brown') that is their friend. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Love. Marriage. Acceptance. Sex change.

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16 March 2003 (USA)  »

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Eine Frage der Liebe  »

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Tom Wilkinson had to endure regular close shaves with a barber to convey the impression that estrogen was working on his face. He also had to shave all the hair off his arms, legs and chest. See more »

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Patty Ann: Mom, Dad and I have the same breast size now!
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Thoughts of Annie
Written and Performed by James Lum
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HBO does it again
19 March 2003 | by See all my reviews

There are things going on on the surface in this film that will be foreign, and even repellant to a lot of people. But hopefully those who are thoughtful will be able to look beneath that to find a message that we can all hopefully relate to..the idea of loving the soul of a person regardless of their appearance and loving someone selfishly and completely. I could not relate to Tom W's characters gender identity issue nor could I put myself in jessica lange's character's position of dealing with all that. But I was moved by how much these people truly loved each other. The actors did a great job handling a subject that could have easily slipped into the farcical or maudlin. Another good hbo movie product


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