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

Director:

Jane Anderson

Writers:

Jane Anderson (play), Jane Anderson (teleplay)
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Nominated for 3 Golden Globes. Another 4 wins & 18 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Bull ... Roy Sr. - Roy's Father
Mary Seibel Mary Seibel ... Em - Roy's Mother
Danny Goldring ... Church Friend Pete
Jessica Lange ... Irma Applewood
Tom Wilkinson ... Roy 'Ruth' Applewood
Hayden Panettiere ... Patty Ann Applewood
Randall Arney Randall Arney ... Reverend Dale Muncie
Rich Komenich Rich Komenich ... Co-Worker Bob
Kirk Anderson Kirk Anderson ... Machinist
Christian Ambrose Christian Ambrose ... Band Member #1
Joe Foust Joe Foust ... Roadie #1
Sean Rice Sean Rice ... Band Member #2
Mickey Tuman Mickey Tuman ... Roadie #2
Joseph Sikora ... Wayne Applewood (as Joe Sikora)
Clancy Brown ... Frank
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Storyline

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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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 March 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Eine Frage der Liebe See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Tom Wilkinson chose not to do any research into the subject of transgenderism, as he felt that a mid-Western farmer wouldn't know anything about the subject either. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Irma: Sweet Roy. Sweet soul. What we do for love.
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Crazy Credits

Workshop production, 1998 New Works Festival at the Mark Tapen Forum, Los Angeles, CA See more »

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Referenced in The 61st Primetime Emmy Awards (2009) See more »

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He Lives In Everything
Written by Brian Kirk and Kathleen Edwards
Performed by Oak Park Choristers
Chorus director Paul Lindblad
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HBO does it again
19 March 2003 | by DfredsparksSee 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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